Ho Hum “9” Inaction

If you seek innovation in IT, don’t look to M$.“A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of the Start Menu, and more.” They just don’t get it. We’ve had menus and multiple desktops for ages in GNU/Linux. I’ve cut back to three virtual desktops and a couple of virtual machines myself in my old age.

No, rearranging the deck-chairs is not innovation, M$. It’s more of the same. We get it. You’re old and slow and have 1K+ million users and they expect you to do the same old thing but please stop calling it “innovation” or the “product of research”. Real innovation happens in FLOSS and GNU/Linux where the pace of innovation sometimes is annoyingly fast. In the last few years, FLOSS has brought us the cloud in real measure, better and faster IT generally, Android/Linux and “apps”, more distros and rearrangements of the desktop than you could ever think of shipping, and most amazing of all, growth of >100% in users at a price of $0 to end-users.

See Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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8 Responses to Ho Hum “9” Inaction

  1. oe wrote, “Cash tends to evaporate off the books when corporations get to this stage (Skype, Nokia, Mojang…)”

    M$ can afford to waste that much money dozens of times with its loose pocket-change, thanks to decades of monopoly. It will end but I don’t expect it to happen soon. However, freedom is sprinting to the finish-line. We are almost there.

  2. oe says:

    Well there goes Minecraft, it will follow Skype into being a mediocre, bug ridden mess….M$ has entered the stage of trying to buy its way into relevance. Cash tends to evaporate off the books when corporations get to this stage (Skype, Nokia, Mojang…)

  3. dougman says:

    Yes, M$ is in no way represents innovation anymore, spending $2.5B for Minecraft is not about bring children to science, nope not at all. What is is though, is M$ buying mind-share of 16+ million users and M$ desperately needs younger users, or it risks losing everything.

    In addition, M$ hopes to sell other products to the user base — as was planned in the Skype acquisition.

  4. lpbbear wrote, “Microsoft remains clueless.”

    With all their money, you’d think they would do better, but it isn’t happening. I think they are just fighting themselves internally and self-destructing. They’ve also painted themselves into a corner with all their anti-competitive lock-ins. They’ve locked themselves in. I was just at Walmart this morning. What a desolate place the “desktop” department is. It looks like M$ paid them to leave shelf-space available in case business picks up. The notebook shelf is much healthier with product on display but no one was buying. The display was full of signs designed by M$ but they were awful, like a badly designed interior turns one off. No BSODs on display though, shucks. Love them.

  5. dougman wrote, ” even M$ is dropping the term ‘Windows’ in it’s offerings, as even they know the branding is terrible and people run from it and the term itself implies something readily breakable, as Windows is and I mean so-easily that updates even break the OS.”

    That may be the first rational/normal business act of M$ in decades. They put so much energy into harming competition that they harmed themselves, shipping inferior products like IE embedded in the OS. They didn’t just bundle the exploder, they inserted it like a cancer in their desperate attempt to capture the web. As far as I know that fooled no one and damaged their rep forever with people like me and millions more. Now that there is choice in the market, people are fleeing M$ in droves.

  6. dougman says:

    All M$ have ever done is add new shells to a DOS box, so as to give some sort of appearance that they did something.

    Billy always stated, “If you cannot make it good, make it LOOK good”

    With the current leaks of Windows Nein, people are asking, “Microsoft, why are you scooping ice cream over a hot dog?”

    People are seriously tired of M$ B$ and are living in droves, and today I read this: http://www.dazeinfo.com/2014/09/15/microsoft-corporation-msft-set-dump-windows-phone/

    Seems even M$ is dropping the term ‘Windows’ in it’s offerings, as even they know the branding is terrible and people run from it and the term itself implies something readily breakable, as Windows is and I mean so-easily that updates even break the OS.

  7. Bob Robertson says:

    Not just “ages”, the term is DECADES.

    My first experience with virtual desktop workspaces was in 1992, on SunOS4, using Open Look Virtual Window Manager “olvwm”, which is still available with Debian.

    Remote X, three-button mouse, all predate Windows.

    No innovation here, nothing to see. Move along.

  8. lpbbear says:

    Microsoft is still trying to shove Metro down users throats. I can see people will continue to use third party addons to turn that crap off. The menu is a confusing mess of non application related short cuts. While its a slight improvement over Windows 8 it still sucks ass. Microsoft remains clueless.

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