under balmer microsoft had really gone downhill,they are miles away from a failing company,but they have lost market share to android and apple.microsoft also went on the if it exists we will make our own version and software binge.
microsoft didnt need to make everything and have is hand in everything.ms did just fine owning thepc market and designing software for select business and military applications.
many of their new products have been flops,and many of their brilliant ideas were also flops.take example the windows 8 tablet,great functionality for a tab,but its hardware is so restricted that only a few tabs can run it,had microsoft set it to run on most standard tabs,there would have been an influx of w8 tabs,at a much cheaper price,which would have crushed the ipad in both price and funtionality.but of course they didnt,most people ive seen try and install it found out it refuses to install unless minimum requirements for tablets are met,the tabs that do are almost non existent.
as to android,microsoft had an early running on smartphones using windows ce,however they let that slip behind while ios and android continued to innovate,not releasing another product again until those 2 had already dominated the market.
Select businesses? WTF??
They are the leader in word processing, spreadsheets, server software and DBMS systems, which are general business apps used by wide variety of businesses. Those four product areas account for the large majority of MS's sales.
Win8 runs on a wide variety of tablets and smartphones. I don't know where you got the idea that it doesn't
first of select business means they they cater to general business plus some specific needs,but dont cater software towards the mass of business,third party companies fill that void,but they usually use windows for their platform.
second no windows 8 has very strict minimum requirements,which so far only very high end tablets meet those requirements,whereas android meets both the high and low end,just the fact you cant get a tablet with win8 without spendingmore than a netbook with better power says alot,while android tablets can be bought for 60-80 bucks on the low end.btw try loading win 8 on anything but a top of the line tablet,betya it wont work without massive scripting to bypass the os's minimum requirement brick wall,despite the fact it can easily run on less,it doesnt want to.
notebook is not a tablet or smartphone,in which the vast majority of tablets and phones cant run win8,and devices have to be manufactured just to run win8.infact one of the requirements to run win8 on a tablet is directx 10 video card,how many tablets do you see directx 10 compatible other than very top of the line???point is they alienated themselves from the low to mid range tablet market.in the smartphone market they have only one low endphone,the huwei,which is comparible to android phones price forfeatures.i have that phone and it is prety awesome.They "cater to general business" but don't "cater software towards the mass of business"????
Windows 8 system requirements - Microsoft Windows
It doesn't require a top of the line notebook.
As you can see from the above chart, $80 devices is not where MS makes its' money
notebook is not a tablet or smartphone,in which the vast majority of tablets and phones cant run win8,and devices have to be manufactured just to run win8.infact one of the requirements to run win8 on a tablet is directx 10 video card,how many tablets do you see directx 10 compatible other than very top of the line???point is they alienated themselves from the low to mid range tablet market.in the smartphone market they have only one low endphone,the huwei,which is comparible to android phones price forfeatures.i have that phone and it is prety awesome.
now on business software,alot of business dontuse things like office or powerpoint,rather they focus on business specific software which microsoft does not produce.for example in my profession i use alldata,which works only on windows,but is pribately developed.
now a machine shop may use cnc software to machine stuff,but windows didnt design that,a architect may use software thats windows compaible,but they didnt design it.ms designes software mostly catered towards accounting,presentaion,and software design,they have alot of other software,but those are their major sellers.
It requires DirectX 9, which many notebooks and tablets run.
IOW, your business app depends on MS software. Yet, for some reason, you don't see your Win OS as general business software
You seem to think that writing apps for specific businesses is a part of MS's strategy.
It's not, and AFAIK it never has been.
Again, look at the chart I posted. More than half their business comes from servers & tools and general business apps (ie Office, etc). Add in Windows OS, and you've got more than 3/4 of their business.
no tablets runnign win8 and rt require direct x 10 not 9,further the os will refuse installation if there is no windows button,or volume buttons.in lamens windows didnt build its system to run on tablets and phones,it built a system and expected manufacturors to build their hardware to fit windows,whereas android built their system to fit phones.
second windows is a general os,so windows designing the os does not count as business software,as it is used for nearly everything,unless its a business specific os like win2000.
third i never said writing apps for specific business was its strategy,however ms makes plenty making the apps they already do because they are tested,standard format,and reasonable compared to ouput.my gripe was microsoft trying to make an app for everyhing they could,and venturing into markets they should have,and blundering the markets they could have dominated.take for example the zune,it had superior sound,batter life,and screen to the ipod,but why did it fail??some say marketing,but what it really was is microsofts general lack of caring in the zunes case.i remember them all failing after a certain date due to a software error,the fix was an update,which microsoft wanted to charge for.things like that killed their standing,and made people think wice about buying a zune.
your again posting the windows 8 pc requirements,not the tablet requirements for win on both arm and intel based tablets,which has a much different requirement set needed to work.
Windows 8 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
jump to tablets and convertables,it specifically lists directx 10,not 9.direct x 9 is for pc's and laptops.
I suspect that is because that is also Bill Gates' view.
What really amazes me is how both of them thought that a system that already slows down on a desktop would be good for a device that has significantly less power. Every person I know who had a early windows phone (not many) described in a few months in as "laggy, slow piece of crap." iOS is quite stripped down when compared to the desktop/laptop OS. Were those two in an echo chamber? I hear the stack ranking was a big mess over at MS too. Blame Ballmer for that one.
I think stack ranking may have been Gates' doing. Balmer said that he was going to end it though as he was heading toward the door. By my measure, the stack ranking and the refusal to spin X-box and related entertainment stuff into a a separate free-standing company have probably done the biggest harms to MS.They really don't have an immediate need to be involved in portables if they were to let the gaming operations do the heavy-lifting for awhile as they focused on the desktop stuff.
IMO, there is a need to keep mobile devices as an integral part of their main portfolio. Computing is moving onto mobile devices and has the potential to greatly increase productivity. By keeping it close, and making sure they run using the same OS (ie Win8), MS is ensuring that their software will run on the widest range of platforms and that it will be easy for businesses to integrate mobile devices into their already existing software infrastructure.
Perhaps, but they should not let portables hold back their OS. Microsoft makes a lot more money from a business in desktops and office licenses than it will from people wanting third party apps for their cellphones.