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Now That’s a Flop II: Electronic Boogaloo

July 31st, 2013 - 11:50 am

Jim Dalrymple has better figures than my back-of-the-envelope numbers from this morning:

Microsoft made $853 million in revenue from the Surface and sold an estimated 1.7 million devices in eight months, according to GeekWire. That’s less than the $900 write-off the company took on the Surface two weeks ago.

Let’s put this in perspective:

•Apple sold 3 million iPads in three days last November
•Apple sold 14.6 million iPads in the last quarter
•Apple sold 57 million iPads since Microsoft began selling the Surface

Sucks to be Microsoft.

The irony is it shouldn’t suck to be Microsoft. As I’ve been saying for a year or more, MS already has a perfectly good mobile OS in Windows Phone. All they had to do was rename it “Windows Mobile” or whatever, scale it up to the ten-inch form, and — presto! — an instant ecosystem for developers and consumers alike.

Instead, Ballmer insisted on Windows RT for tablet-y tablets, and Windows 8 for less tablet-y tablets, but neither was a truly touch-based OS. Meanwhile, Windows Phone remains the only child of a single parent, Nokia.

I realize Ballmer did what he thought was is necessary to protect the Windows/Office franchise from being cannibalized by tablets — but that battle was essentially lost on April 3, 2010.

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I do IT support and just got a big ol' stack of Dell e6430's that came preloaded with Windows 8. Really my first hands on experience with using Win 8 and I have to say its a bloody F'n terrible O/S. Since I sit behind a proxy I have to update the connection settings for IE. But the advanced internet options are nowhere to be found on the IE interface from the tile menu. So, I punched the desktop up and see there's an IE shortcut on the desktop. I open that up and see a completely different interface for IE from the desktop than the one that opens from the tile screen. WHY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOULD YOU DO THIS?!? Part of the whole success of Windows has been the uniformity of the UI. Now you gotta hunt and peck just to find the friggin' close button for most applications. I used it for all of about 30 minutes and just threw my hands up and reimaged it back to Win7. And I even HAVE a Windows phone so it's not like I'm allergic to live tiles or anything. But the live tiles have no business being on a laptop, particularly one without a touch screen. I mean you gotta hover you mouse into a corner of the screen that otherwise has no indication that there is a function embedded in that layer -- STUPID STUPID STUPID!! Yeah lets turn the control panel into an easter egg, that's a great idea; NOT!
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For 8.1 they're bringing back the Start button. Click it, and it will take you back to Metro.

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