The Cornerplay: The passing of an era -- Microsoft's rise, fall and reboot

By Jeffrey Yuwono ยท 14 replies
Oct 10, 2014
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  1. Computers didn't use to be lifestyle products; they weren't things the average person played with for fun; electronic brands were more functional than emotional or symbolic. It was a world where Dell was more influential than Apple. It was an environment that favored Microsoft, a tribe of engineers and...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,877   +1,298

    If Windows 10 was Longhorn, exactly as pictured here, people would sing Microsoft's praises. That's still the best looking UI paradigm they ever created.
    Geforcepat and VitalyT like this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,671   +1,961

    I would say - "Microsoft's start, BSOD and reboot" :)
    Steve, BlueDrake and Julio Franco like this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Didn't Ballmer ever have hair?
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,671   +1,961

    That is it, this is how the golden age of computing ended, with Ballmer losing his hair :)
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Now the golden age of computing could be returning after him losing his job long after losing his hair.
  7. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    I think someone likes the radius of those windows more than what's going on. to me that shot looks not much unlike the shot below with all that crap covering most of the screen. In that photo you like just look at all that garbage everywhere. It appears that the user it looking though photos or videos or something, yet look how tiny they are, I can barely see them. And sure I bet you could move a slider and make then bigger(and fit just a few per line), but they would still be dwarfed by the words "photos and videos" and I bet you can't make them smaller. and I'm a windows fan. I have been using apple laptops for like 10yrs. I don't care to much for them. I don't know how to do much of anything with them, and neither does my wife who runs it daily for hrs. I feel that windows is better, but this article does point out there problem in the consumers eye.
  8. I thought the same thing when I saw the pic. *That* was Longhorn? Man someone should pick it up and run with it. Call me old fashioned but that's the UI I dream of having. Clear, simple, colorful, friendly. Like it was made by computer users, not graduates of The Art Institute of Seattle.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    That may just be because of the platform. You see this a lot when Windows users try to do something in Linux, they are similar, but certain things are just different. I think the UI is so much 'simpler' in OS X than Windows that people get the impression they don't know how to do things. But I think it is really a case of you don't NEED to do much in OS X. Really, its the applications/programs that make a user productive or not productive.
  10. Bobs Yer Uncle

    Bobs Yer Uncle TS Rookie

    I really appreciate articles (like this one) that share insight, offer a broad perspective & render a nuanced understanding. Keep on keeping on!

    There are more than enough websites that serve up the ephemeral & seductive "uber-cool next big thing d'jour". They declare absolute & undeniable winners & losers, heralding the glory & supremacy of "winners" because ... Winners & Cool! (... & look, if you really have to ask you just don't get it, so go stand with your little loser friends!)

    Style without substance is meaningless past the moment. Techspot: I applaud your extremely substantial style!
  11. RubinOnRye

    RubinOnRye TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Cloud Platform you mean Microsoft Azure vs Amazon??? Yeah no Apple in that platform and sorry as much as I love Linux, Microsoft still has the best business platform. When people wake up and realize how they can't live without a real computer and don't want to pay $1200 for one, they will buy a PC. I am sorry but you can't write a 50 page high school/college paper on mobile platform like Tablet's and Smartphones. In the words of Epic Rap Battles of History: "People with the power to create use an Apple, people with jobs use PCs"
  12. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    They are trying to force Sharepoint on us at work and in terms of usability it is hopeless for the work we do. Nobody likes it.
  13. Holotus

    Holotus TS Enthusiast Posts: 68   +9

    A once monopoly titan became weakened over the past 20 years due to the lack of direct competition.

    Ideas ran stale, motivation practically standing still.
  14. Microsoft made that fatal business mistake many large companies make from time to time, they took their eye off the customer and started dictating what would be. Sooner or later, this can be lethal to business, just as it has to Microsoft who is struggling now just to stay in the business of computing. What most people missed was the paradigm shift away from single kernel operating systems to multiple kernel versions. Even Microsoft as not yet learned this extremely important lesson and is vying one more time to move their tired old single kernel system back into the lime light once again. The sad truth is, Microsoft is too late. the paradigm shift has already occurred and there is simply no going backward for the remainder of the world at this point.

    What has occurred is that most in the world have already migrated to Unix based operating systems such as (OSX, Linux, and their Mobile counter parts such as iOS and Android). With the kernels being so varied in Linux distributions, its difficult if not impossible for attackers to write virus for all Unix based systems. With Microsoft's tired old single kernel software, writing viruses and attacking the software is quite simple. Even back office is not entirely Microsoft dependent, with a host of servers now operating on Linux.

    Second in the paradigm shift is Microsoft's failure to observe the future. While the world moved on to mobile devices running under iOS and Android, Microsoft stayed home, working on the Frankenstein OS, known as Windows 8. Today Microsoft is working on re boxing their NT product once again, and presenting it as Windows 10, they simply don't get it. Apple is about to introduce iOSX, while Ubuntu already has a cross platform operating system and Google already has a could system of Chrome OS and Android which they are melting into one OS (like Apple). Microsoft has nothing along these lines but wishes to stay in the game by offering its office product in cloud form.

    In the gaming community, Microsoft fell from grace, being forced to sell its gaming platform to Dell. The Xbox business is not part of history and Microsoft has failed at yet another business.

    Yes, Microsoft still retains a large majority of the desktop business and government systems in America but in other parts of the world, this is simply no longer true. Looking at those business and government contracts and how they still remain on Windows XP, VIsta, and 7, indicates their market is not expanding, its basically stagnant or contracting. Further, Microsoft has no market share in the vastly popular and ever expanding mobile world, which also happens to be the future of computing. While Apple and IBM are moving business to a mobile, cloud based platform, Microsoft is re-packaging its NT platform and offering business more of the same ole stuff under a bright new shinny name (Windows 10). I had hoped that Microsoft would see the writing on the wall and at least offer to purchase the Ubuntu package and make its move to Unix ... but sadly that is not the case and not moving to Unix, I'm afraid, spells the end for ye old Microsoft within the next 5 years time. There were so many opportunities missed by Microsoft and now its latest blunder (sticking to NT kernel), and not presenting a mobile solution, will spell its eventual demise. Good Night Microsoft, sorry you went to sleep at the wheel.

    That is the same old tired ideal which refuses to understand that the paradigm shift has occurred and the world is not mobile (not desktop). Being in the business since its inception in 1980s I have seen companies come and go for taking their eye off the ball. Microsoft is just one such company. I noticed it when I saw iOS and Android for the first time on tablets and smart phones. Every bit of personal computing has now moved to these mobile devices and that trend will continue. The only thing that was holding back Linux was its developers had never introduced a GUI platform which offered automated updates (most were manual). Those days have evaporated and Ubuntu 14 and Linux Mint 17 are not on an equal plane (if not better) than W7. The party is over basically at this point and Microsoft arrived too late. Over the coming months Apple will introduce iOSX which integrates its products together. The problem with PC's has always been their ability for hardware to coexist when the hardware and software were not a single solution. This leaves people futsing around days if not weeks, looking for a driver solution which will allow their sound solutions to (get along), while others outside Redmond Washington (Apple Google) offer out of the box hardware/software solutions which work without fuss.

    You mentioned that Apple was not involved in cloud platform? That is simply not true, Apple has iCloud for personal and business computing and is ramping up that ability through its business partnership with IBM, who will marry the cloud, together with mobile and stationary (desktop) solutions, for business use. What is Microsoft doing? Its repackaging NT... yet again and calling it Windows 10.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,747   +3,712

    I'm having a hard time believing that is the only solution, and I don't work for MS. Even though you may be right, why would MS believe that to be true?

    That's about like telling someone all their years at college was for nothing and they must now go back and start over. No matter how much they see it to be true, it is simply a move they can't emotionally commit to.

    Personally this Multi-kernel Linux you speak of is not the answer. If there is ever a shift away from Windows, it will be a shift to one kernel regardless of OS. This will create a single target within a large pool of kernels. Consider how small Ubuntu is at the moment. Now consider how large if will become if the majority decide to use it as the Linux cookie-cutter OS for everyone. I feel your virus attacker stance is null and void. But then here we both are speculating on what might be, only time will tell.

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