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SaneIT
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3/10/2014 | 8:26:36 AM
Re: Android takes the lead
It's not horrible but there are some apps that are just clunky inside Bluestacks.  Some just plain refuse to rotate to an orientation that is actually usable inside the application.  Aside from that it's about like running a virtual machine environment inside Windows.
SaneIT
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3/10/2014 | 8:25:15 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Here's to hoping that Nadella brings an innovative spirit to Microsoft.  They are long due for this.
Michael Endler
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3/7/2014 | 4:27:50 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
"It's a leadership issue, being able to pick the right innovations."


Bingo. There's no shortage of awesome stuff happening at Microsoft. But the company has misjudged when and how to bring a lot of tech to market. Nadella's ascension might change that.
Michael Endler
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3/7/2014 | 4:24:54 PM
Re: Android takes the lead
It's true that Gartner and IDC statistics are questionable. And even if they were accurate, I think market share is less important than ecosystem revenue, product margins, etc. Market share isn't unimportant, and with high-growth opportunities increasingly confined to emerging markets, Apple has some reason to be concerned. But all things considered, the iPad still wins the battles that matter.
Michael Endler
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3/7/2014 | 4:22:05 PM
Re: Android takes the lead
How's your experience with that, SaneIT? There've been a lot of rumors that Microsoft might officially sanction Android apps in Windows. And Nokia X and Intel's Dual OS are actually real. Do you think Android apps would address the Windows "app gap"?
jagibbons
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3/6/2014 | 9:20:58 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Google Play took a while to catch up with business-targeted apps. Now, most of the tools I rely on daily on my iPad are available with the same features on an Android tablet. Even as little as a year ago that wasn't the case.
SaneIT
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3/6/2014 | 8:25:51 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
The door is open but having played with Windows 8 phone I have to say right now what is killing it most is the lack of apps.  The UI is actually quite nice on the phone sized display but when going from my Android phone that does everything I need and more over to the Microsoft Store I was very let down.  I gave up even trying to match the apps on my Android phone and just started trying to find anything that I thought might be close enough replacements.  I gave that up quickly.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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3/5/2014 | 2:40:04 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
I've never used the Zune. I jumped straight to the iPod, which I guess says a lot. As for a single operating system, I'm not that it can't work. General consensus is that the way Windows 8 tries to meet the needs of both kind sof devices does not work well. However, I can envision a future when it could work if designed differently. I'm not sure how it needs to be designed, but I think it's possible. Maybe just not in 2014.
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3/5/2014 | 2:35:00 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Absolutely right on about rate of change, how else would have Android/Samsung competed against Apple.  Zune needed fixing however Windows 8 didn't fix Zune's problems but instead inherited them. Zune had a non-intuitive UI even after four generations of devices. MS learned nothing from Zune but should have.  Maybe MS would have learned one OS for all devices doesn't and won't work.  
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jagibbons,
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3/5/2014 | 2:15:43 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
The nature of rapid change in the mobile market these days is in probably good for Microsoft. They are way behind right now, but they make good decisions and fix some of the gaffes with Windows 8, they can get back in the game with Windows 9. It won't be easy, but the mobile market can completely flip in a year at the rate people replace their phones, so it is possible.
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