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#16 TheExperiment

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:09

As I said on another forum, what MS is failing at right now is giving people clear direction on what they're doing.
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As developers, we need Microsoft to communicate clearly with us, in public. As MVPs we were asked to act as community representatives, to guide everyone interested in the tech and have an open line on future development. Apparently that means we get half-hearted vague emails from time to time that dodges our serious questions and casts further doubts about the status of the technology and teams, all covered by an NDA agreement. And then, shockingly enough, people get the wrong idea. We’re sitting on the outside, trying to play this stupid guessing game of “which Microsoft technology is alive?” XNA doesn’t support DirectX 10+ or Windows 8, but it’s still a “supported product”, as if that means anything in the real world. Windows XP is still a “supported product” too.

It shouldn’t take a leaked email to force a straight answer.

I bloody hope Ballmer gets the hint and helps fix this, because MS is making a lot of people restless right now with their apparent evasiveness.

Otherwise, maybe it is finally time to go. Do I know that anyone else would do better? No. But right now I'm certainly not convinced he should stay.


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:22

Perhaps he should get back into advertising - Windows XP was a big success:



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:33

I like Microsoft, it's given me a job and the business tools work well. There are big players out there, but windows server has and does allow organisations to quickly and eaily setup a network of computers and get them sharing resources, the only thing that came close was Novell netware but there was some elements of wizardry for that system.

Microsoft Windows is popular and despite millions of combinations of hardware devices (keyboards, processors) it remains incredibly stable. That alone i think is one of the crowning achievements of any company. They have created an eco system that hardware from any manufacturer can be plugged in togeather and have it work. I can buy a cheap usb webcam and it will mostly even set itself up, thats incredible when you really think about. Yes linux has caught up and does support a wide range of hardware also, however this doesn't detract from Windows being quite remarkable, i don't think ive seen a Windows 7/8 system crash yet through fault of it's own (i.e. not caused by faulty hardware), (sorry can't say the same for XP, ive seen it crash for a variety of reasons, not a lot but enough).

I say the above as i don't want to appear as a Microsoft knocker, i use a Mac at home as well as windows laptops,however steve has to go, he has been in charge of the company which has made some pretty bad misteps, the organisation has suffered through the absolutely the worse system ive ever heard of "Ranking"

The general idea is that that there will be a percentage of staff marked as great, ok and poor, no matter how good they are, so if im am in a team of 5 people, we are all excellent engineers, but we all know that one of us has to be marked poor, perhaps miss a promotion or a bonus because of this, whats it going to do? it's going to promote infighting, im not going to look at my colleague as a friend but as an enemy, eat or be eaten. This is terrible!! Microsoft have attracted some of the best talent in the industry, thr ranking alone should have been enough to get Steve out.

He's also the king of putting his foot in his mouth, the folk at Microsoft must cringe every-time he goes to an event, Bill Gates had personaility, Steve is just completely off putting, however putting this aside, i would say the biggest mistep he has allowed to happen is integration! Why is there not harmony of the services that Microsoft do, why was skydrive the best kept secret, why doesn't every know of skydrive, why didn't my xbox use skydrive to backup save games so i could play them on my PC. Why don't all the services work together they have hotmail/now outlook why isn't xbox music better integrated. I would say it's an absolute crime that most of these services haven't had better exposure and better integration.

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I want to know why the general perception of Microsoft is that it's just a collection of departments which compete against each other, this all comes from the top and the fact that Ballmer hasn't made Microsoft into an effective, one organisation with harmony across teams to great complete solutions that work well togeather is a good enough reason to get him out and get someone who knows what they are doing in. Microsoft could easily catch a second wind if only they were brough harmoniously back together

I would also like to provide a link to a comment on another site which i think neatly sums up the frustrations that some people have with the Windows Phone platform in particular the development side, this is not a rant, but it is an honest comment from a person who likes Microsoft tech, who promotes and uses it frequently.

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?551150

I really don't like when people say, ill be glad when company xyz fails, this applies to Microsoft. Yes they've done some bad stuff in the past, but so has many organisations (this is not an excuse), they have learnt they are trying and i know that if Microsoft suddenly disappeared tomorrow the world would be worse off for it.

The quote i come back to time and again is "for apple to succeed, Microsoft doesn't have to fail", this proves there is a market for multiple vendors, i just hope that Microsoft does something radical and dump Ballmer and get a CEO who will bring the company together and really show the IT world exactly how good Microsoft can be when pushed.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:02

That interview was...messy, for me. For some reason there didn't seem to be a clear focus or enough analysis for me to be convinced that it is Ballmer that is ruining Microsoft. Then again, it's probably all written in the guy's book, and at the end of the day that segment seemed to be more about, "read my book to learn the details" rather than a clear interview.

I wouldn't say that Ballmer is ruining Microsoft. However, I'm not on board with their latest venture in much the same way that I wouldn't be on board with iOS being the new operating system for my Macbook. Does that mean that they are on the way out unless they change their direction? I don't think so.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:33

The old guy doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:24

If Ballmer is ruining Microsoft, how are they still turning a profit? Why is Windows still selling? Why is Xbox still selling? Office? Why did he just invest in re-inventing the company?

If he wanted to ruin Microsoft he would have just let the desktop slide into oblivion. He would have still tried to shove an ugly desktop UI onto touch hardware.


Microsoft's decision to go with Metro is one of the best choices they could have made. They're taking an old, stale paradigm, and renovating it for a new generation of hardware, and services. They're standing out in a crowd of dull, "has beens", and doing something different.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:26

Microsoft's decision to go with Metro is one of the best choices they could have made. They're taking an old, stale paradigm, and renovating it for a new generation of hardware, and services. They're standing out in a crowd of dull, "has beens", and doing something different.

Profit aside, there are still so many unanswered questions. It seems like we're not going to get any answers until the next console is announced...and for Windows developers, that's not a good deal.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:37

3/10 troll effort.


Not necessarily.. He was sharing his option. And no, I'm not defending him because he likes Linux. If anyone goes "against the grain", their trolling?

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:47

and for Windows developers, that's not a good deal.


Things are never going to stay the same. Ever. Developers should be used to new things coming, and old things going by now. That's the way things work. You don't just make something and then leave it, expecting it to work as intended 10 years from now.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 14:01

Things are never going to stay the same...

I think what he was getting at was that Windows developers feel somewhat lost at the moment and Microsoft aren't answering their questions, which is bad for the developers. That said, I can't agree or disagree with that statement as I'm not a developer and so don't know how much support Microsoft are providing at this time.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 14:23

I think what he was getting at was that Windows developers feel somewhat lost at the moment and Microsoft aren't answering their questions, which is bad for the developers. That said, I can't agree or disagree with that statement as I'm not a developer and so don't know how much support Microsoft are providing at this time.

Me neither, but my friend is making an XNA game and he's rather annoyed about it. He tells me changing the code around won't even take all that long if he knew what he should be targeting.

I'm guessing everything will be built around WinRT in the future given all the platforms they've stopped developing recently, but that's still just a guess.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 14:51

Me neither, but my friend is making an XNA game and he's rather annoyed about it. He tells me changing the code around won't even take all that long if he knew what he should be targeting.

I'm guessing everything will be built around WinRT in the future given all the platforms they've stopped developing recently, but that's still just a guess.


It must be extremely frustrating for some start ups for that reason. Look at Bastion, one of the greatest XNA games ever. Games like that don't come quickly or cheaply, but where is the studio supposed to move to for a new game? Perhaps they just have to move on to a new framework.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 15:03

I like windows and Microsoft but I truly believe Linux like Ubuntu will be the future not now but in time. Look how far Linux has come over the last 10 years. And Microsoft has really done nothing at all same outdated kernel and registry lol registry . Times are changing fast. My Linux pc looks and performs 900000 times better then windiws 8 could ever dream of.

I'm running core I 7 with 8gigs ram and intelHD4000 graphics . I play games on all 3 consoles .

sorry, how far has Linux come, exactly? :laugh:

i mean, Linux's market share continues to be like .5% year-after-year. The average person has NO clue what Linux is.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 15:16

Host: "Windows monopoly"

Stopped right there

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 15:26

when I see that video that they want Steve Ballmer as CEO gets out of Microsoft someday, do you know what do I mean?



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