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JHUSEBYU951
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1/28/2013 | 6:09:03 AM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
I think Microsoft should focus on its development proces to become more innovative. While the company has invested in agile methods, it still lacks a true implementation of quality and rapid innovation processes. A book entitled: Lean, Agile and Six Sigma IT Management, outlines the three methods that Microsoft needs right now. I wish all Microsoft product managers would read this book. they should fix their development process before trying to build another version of Windows OS.
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1/22/2013 | 5:19:43 AM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
MSFT won't do anything different for a few quarters. If time shows a substantial share of consumers just won't buy Windows 8 on nontouch systems, MSFT is likely to be rational enough to recognize that they need to provide the classic desktop UI as a boot option. Pushing the new UI as the only option was a mistake.

As for Windows RT, Surface RTs are overpriced. At US$500 without keyboard cover, only big Windows fans with cash to burn bought them, and now we have a rough idea how many of those people there are. Bad news for MSFT: there are more Apple fans with excessive disposable income. The Surface RT needs a lower price, but I don't believe US$400 is low enough. More like US$350 for the base model. At that price, I don't see many OEMs being interested in making them, but I don't see this as a bad thing. The Surface RT running Windows RT makes more sense as MSFT's proprietary, mostly plain tablet. It'd be able to run the same Windows Store Style apps as Windows 8 and subsequent PC versions, but that'd be the extent of the overlap.

Further, they should drop the Office RT version. Presumably Office 365 should be able to run under the Modern mode of IE10. Add functionality to make Office 365 look like a local app, similar to Google Docs in ChromeOS or Peppermint Linux, and maybe give Surface RT users a special deal on it. IOW, eliminate desktop mode from it.

Then MSFT would have a pure, proprietary tablet play, and its PC OS could also run its tablet apps in addition to behaving like a 'real PC' as most PC users would expect. Windows 8 as Windows 7 plus Windows RT rather than the current state of confusion.
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1/22/2013 | 4:57:54 AM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Not OEMs for the most part. Apple makes more, but Apple has cultivated a customer base prepared to pay premium prices. MSFT hasn't, and no amount of ad money will change that for MSFT.
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1/22/2013 | 4:56:13 AM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
The standard Windows desktop from Windows 95 through Windows 7 is produced by Windows Explorer. In those versions, the desktop is Windows Explorer by default.
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1/9/2013 | 12:29:41 PM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Some errors in the article - 1) Big Data , Microsoft already have dedicated Big Data hardware in the form of the PDW system , and its been available for over a year.
2) Services - You forgot about Microsoft Consulting Services
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1/9/2013 | 12:14:00 PM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
win8. ribbon menus. yuk. msft is trying to mold its customers. initial acceptance of win8 doesn't look promising. win8 should have been an optional 'skin' like -- Mint -- in case you don't like Ubuntu on your 'Nix box. there are good places for a touch screen interface -- and msft should offer that . but it's likely too late . the windows o/s is probably beyond salvage . check for key names who have recently left msft ...
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1/4/2013 | 7:56:19 PM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
So, you're saying 25% is too much of a profit margin. That's nothing compared to what many companies are doing.
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1/4/2013 | 4:24:41 PM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Windows Explorer is the classic Windows GUI
moarsauce123
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1/4/2013 | 4:21:35 PM
re: 6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
What is "Windows Explorer environment"? Did you mean Windows Desktop environment?
As far as Surface goes, it will not be a loss at 399$. BOM plus manufacturing is about 280$, so selling at 299$ would make Microsoft break even. What Microsoft asks for it now is just ridiculously overpriced and unethical.
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1/4/2013 | 1:05:08 PM
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It's hard to tell what Microsoft is really up to. Hardware one day, software the next, services another day. A lack of focus is the company's biggest problem.
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