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Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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11/17/2012 | 9:54:14 AM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
Microsoft should have at least ported .NET to ARM, that would have solved the problem of having basically no apps for WinRT.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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11/17/2012 | 9:52:44 AM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
They should have spent that money on giving out free product. If it is indeed that good as they claim they'd get tremendously more traction that way. Too bad that the product, well, sucks.
AustinIT
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AustinIT,
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11/15/2012 | 3:27:22 PM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
What?
You seem to be suggesting that MS needs to morph RT back into the standard Win8 OS. That was not the design purpose of RT. Otherwise, it wouldn't exist. It has both a Metro UI and a Desktop. But, the Desktop only runs new MS RT based programs. Not, legacy third party software. And, it likely never will. Again, by design. RT is a breakaway from the legacy environment. And, it has a fully functional Office platform pre-installed (and for free by the way).
RT is not an "obstacle" that Sinofsky faced... as you put it. His obstacle was getting along with the rest of MS personnel. He might have been good at certain elements of his job but a team builder he was not.
MS's biggest challenge is to reshape itself from a mangement perspective - to bring their various business entities into harmony with each other in order to be successful going forward.
wht
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wht,
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11/14/2012 | 9:14:56 PM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
Wrong
RobMark
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RobMark,
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11/14/2012 | 7:53:40 PM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
I think the issues Sinofsky faced were:

1) Windows RT only supporting apps that run on top of the WinRT API except Office and IE.
2) Office feels cobbled to Windows RT because you have to go back to the legacy desktop environment.
3) He failed to listen to customers about the Start Button.

What he should have done IMHO:

1) Allow WinRT Apps to tap into other APIs, even if they are a subset for performance reasons so that all applications should be able to perform just is well as a Windows 8 app as they did as a Windows 7 app. Don't open up anything that they don't need to, but applications like Office, IE, other browsers, video editing, and gaming should have the same performance.
2) Because of changes to API's available in 1) above, rewrite or port the Office apps as WinRT apps and include at least a basic macro language that only can work within the Office files (not be a security issue to the OS).
3) Simply have a visual indicator at the bottom of the screen on the desktop for the Start Screen. Also, make Alt-Tab cycle through all open Desktop, Windows 8 apps, desktop, and start screen (maybe have options that determine what you cycle through).

Then anti-MS-fanboys/bloggers will have almost nothing to critisize an otherwise great Windows 8 OS about! 3) is easily fixable in a Windows Update package. 1) is fixable with the Blue version due out next summer. And three would now have to wait until the next version of Office.
dwargo0801
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11/14/2012 | 7:23:51 PM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
What a waste of $1 billion. TV ads are worthless that I have seen. Desktop with tiles that you swipe - wow. Drawing on a screen and "what does this do?" shows you what?

They should fire the marketing firm and look at the internal marketing personnel who worked on this campaign.
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rsparkman841,
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11/14/2012 | 7:07:08 PM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
I'm sorry to say that my first reaction to the Windows 8 interface was, "What?!!! They call this progress?" I've been a loyal Windows supporter for years, but Windows 8 is another one of those releases, while heralded by Microsoft, will be slow to be adopted by businesses. I've been so pleased with my Android device (Samsung tablet) that I'm not even interested in looking at the new Microsoft Surface particularly if it uses the Windows 8 interface.

I believe that MS is in trouble, for now. As usual, there will be the shake-up, the rattle, and then the rollout of the MS Windows 9!
PMcDougall
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11/14/2012 | 5:00:55 PM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
Elop was a software guy when he left Microsoft, but now has CEO experience at a worldwide company that does both hardware and software. Mattrick because the Xbox brand has been a sensational hit in the consumer market, and that is where Microsoft needs to make inroads.
melgross
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11/14/2012 | 4:56:30 PM
re: Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
Elop? Mattrick? Elop was a pure software sales guy before he moved to the still fading Nokia. Why would he be in contention? Makes no sense. He's being severely criticized for the way he's handling nokia's problems, and may not last more than a few more months there. And Mattrick, well, I hate to say it, but the Entertainment Division hasn't been a roaring success. Since the first XBox, it's lost about $9 billion; losses that are continuing, despite the attempt to conceal them by merging the division with the Small Devices division (keyboards, mice, etc) which has always made a good profit.

If these two guys are Microsoft's best choice for the next generation, then they have serious problems.


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