Oops. They did it… AGAIN

This may be just me; but I heard about this and just shook my head

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Over the past few years, there have been a couple different instances of Microsoft backtracking on decisions. While many will agree that rethinking the decisions that were made was probably a very good idea, the fact that Microsoft reversed its action really bothers me. I mean it REALLY bothers me. I’m not certain if I’m bothered more by the decision or the apparent fact that Microsoft can’t seem to make up its freakin’ mind.

I recently reported that Microsoft had ceased retail sales of Windows 7 as of 2013-10-30. While Microsoft has confirmed this date – you can’t buy a retail boxed version of Windows 7 as of this date – they had further announced that OEM’s would cease providing Windows 7 on new PC’s as of 2014-10-30. They’ve retracted that last statement.

According to an authorized Microsoft spokesperson, [Microsoft has]

“yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled. The October 30, 2014 date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error. We have since updated the website to note the correct information; however, some non-English language pages may take longer to revert to correctly reflect that the end of sales date is ‘to be determined.’ We apologize for any confusion this may have caused our customers. We’ll have more details to share about the Windows 7 lifecycle once they become available.”

I don’t know about you, but this wishy-washy, indecisive posture that Microsoft has assumed is really Ballmer’s fault. I also blame the Microsoft Board. With Ballmer on the way out as CEO, the need for leadership is clear. Microsoft’s Board needs to get its act together and name Ballmer’s successor sooner rather than later.

Microsoft has a roadmap for Windows. They are (desperately) trying to get all Windows users on the most current version of Windows – Windows 8.x – as quickly as they can. They made a decision that supports that strategy. They should stay the course and take firm, decisive action in support of it. It may not be the most popular of decisions; but this barometer reading and second guessing that Microsoft is doing has got to stop.

No, I didn’t like it when they removed the Windows 7 Start Menu from Windows. No, I didn’t like it when Microsoft changed the Windows UI. However, backtracking on these and other decisions that are currently in the Microsoft pipeline isn’t doing them any favors.

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Microsoft needs a new CEO and Blackberry is for sale…

So, is Apple happy-happy-joy-joy? Not sure yet, but they might now get a small leap forward…

Business Leaders Gather In Detroit For The National Business SummitBallmer’s closing speech was a bit emotional, exiting the stage on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Time of my life. That’s how he would describe it’s time spent as CEO at Microsoft. And of course, he added that this song best describes his experience there and the promising future of the company.

Well, about the future.  It’s a thing that I have to admit, made me curious. It’s well known that Microsoft, and Blackberry are fairly well behind Apple and Samsung, and that, I think might be caused by the need of humans to get mobile with most, or quite with all of their devices. What they have forgotten about, is human nature. The human nature is always oriented to follow the easy path and the eye-candy is just not enough sometimes. We will choose, at a moment, the things we can afford, and of course those things that will make our lives easier. That’s why most of us have in their pockets or in their bags a device that is replacing many, many old devices, into a single device.

I’m guessing that Microsoft thought that what they’ve build will last forever, because where there’s a computer, there must be a Windows. And that was so…once upon a time. Let’s face it, Windows 8 and the Surface tablets didn’t caught the public’s attention. First of all, may be the price, but also the new UI in Windows 8. So, there it goes.

About Blackberry, as you can read here, it’s for sale, and it seems that they already have a buyer. I really hope that they will change the strategy. Holding on an OS that is quite obsolete, doesn’t seem to be a good plan. I know, they were focused on the business department, but that department embraced for already a long time ago the iOS and Android platforms. Simply because the human nature wanted to have easier ways to complete the daily tasks….on the bus.

GBU

In my opinion, the same happened with Nokia… They hold on very much on their Symbian OS, until it was almost too late.

I can’t wait to see who will be the next Microsoft’s CEO, and what company will invest their money to save Blackberry. And of course, we all can’t wait to spend our money on their new high-tech devices in the future.  And a good step, besides eye-candy design, cool features and hardware, it would be to develop many applications for their OS, no matter what OS they choose.  An OS without many applications and games is simply…boring. Let’s hope we’ll see all the Blackberry devices with Android, and Windows devices with a decent OS, where you can install anything you would have in your Windows Desktop PC, at a good price! Let us be…human.

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Ballmer – Office for iPad – Kinda, sorta, maybe, not really…

Office for iPadYour guess on whether MS will release Office for iPad is as good as anyone’s…

What follows is a brief rant on the Office for iPad rumors that have been circulating for a few years.

First there was a screen shot, then a denial, and then a confirmation. Then a retraction and then the rumors started up again with the release of Office 2013 and Office 365. The latest word on the street is that Office for iPad – thought to be called Office Mobile – is a definite maybe; and Ballmer may be the one to put the kibosh on the whole ordeal.

I’m sorry… at this point, Microsoft needs to come out and either say yes or no to the Office for iOS rumors and put the speculation to rest. They aren’t doing themselves any favors, and with the way some of the headlines and tag lines are reading, Steve Ballmer isn’t doing himself any favors either.

According to an article by ComputerWorld, Steve Ballmer is putting the kibosh on the whole project himself. Apparently, Microsoft has an issue with Apple taking 30% of the cut on the app. While I don’t blame them – who would want to give another company 30 cents on every dollar they make on the sale of any given product – all of the speculation around MS Office for iOS really needs to stop.

In my opinion, Microsoft needs to come out with a firm statement on the development of the app. Is it in the works or not? Then they need to figure out a way of delivering it. The problem is obviously Apple’s 30% cut on the sale of the app as well as 30% of all in-app purchases. There’s probably a way to crack that nut; but I’m not 100% familiar with Apple’s rules on paid vs. free apps, subscriptions in apps, etc. in their iOS Developer Agreement.

I think the easiest way around this is to make Office Mobile a free Office document reader. If you want to edit, documents, you’ll need to sign into your Office 365 account, which will, of course, require a subscription. If that’s not 100% compliant, then there may not be a way for Microsoft to deliver the solution without paying Apple 30%, or negotiating a new deal for the app, which I’m nearly certain Apple isn’t going to do.

Any way you slice it, Microsoft needs to make a decision – Office Mobile for iOS yes, or Office Mobile for iOS no. Either way, they need to make a decision, communicate it and then follow through. All of the rumor crap that’s going on and the “Office through a browser” crap that Ballmer is currently suggesting needs to get resolved.

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