Who Believes They Have Mojo?
The question isn't whether or not Microsoft has Mojo, it's who believes they have mojo? I like my Dell VP8 Win 8 tablet but it doesn't just work as it should (still suffers from open hardware and bad device drivers). Of course for $219, maybe I shouldn't expect perfection but I won't buy another (Dell or Win tablet). Why? I'm tired of waiting for device driver fixes and apps. Now Microsoft has provided a chief rival with a version of it's own flagship product while I'm stuck using an interface that doesn't really work without a mouse. If that doesn't say it all, what else does?
There just doesn't seem to be energy around Windows anymore. My company just had an internal hackathon in which I was fortunate enough to participate. No team built a Windows mobile, tablet or desktop app. We all built Android and iOS apps. Although there were a lot of Windows laptops, there were just as many Macs and and no Microsoft software was used to build or serve anything. Linux servers and open source middleware. Literally in the span of a few years, Microsoft seems forgotten by new developers. Sure there are still plenty of older folks using Microsoft stuff but it isn't what leading talent cares about. It feels so legacy and left out of the recnt mobile revolution.
Now I'm attending a software dev event and they gave everyone iPads to use during the event unless, you guessed it, you had your own iPad or Android tablet. No Windows app and as usual, my Win tablet looks like a fifth wheel on a sports car.
What baffles me is the money Microsoft reportedly spends on R&D. Where is the market leading innovation resulting from the billions invested every years? It's almost as if Microsoft cannot even keep up by following others, much less lead.
There also seems to be some karma at work. People seem to shudder at the thought of using Microsoft. It's like they finally feel freedom and don't trust them after years of questionable practices and results.