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#1 AWilliams87

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 18:47


These Two Photos Show What a Disaster Microsoft Is Today

 

Steve Ballmer is chief executive officer of Microsoft. He's been in the job for some time, but he recently announced that he's stepping down. The fact that Ballmer's departure was announced without the simultaneous announcement of a successor is a good indication he was pushed out the door by the board of directors. And these photos taken Sunday around noon at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Va., show why.

 

Here's the Microsoft Store:

 

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This is not a trick of the camera. There were zero shoppers in the store. At noon. On a Sunday in December at peak retail shopping season.

And here's the Apple Store:

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It is crowded.

Of course Microsoft operated for many years as a fantastic company without any retail stores at all, so it's not as if the failure to build successful stores is the problem per se. The real issue is that there's nothing wrong with the store. It's a great place to shop. Much better than the Apple Store, really, because the Apple Store is crowded, and it's a little hard to get an employee's attention. At the Microsoft Store you get a very pleasant physical environment and a helpful staff. It's just that nobody wants to buy their stuff.

It's still a very profitable company thanks to its enormous strengths in the enterprise market. But enterprises are made of people. If nobody wants to buy Microsoft's stuff, that will trickle up into the enterprise.

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#2 Shadrack

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:03

If all those folks are in the Apple store because they all need warranty "Genius" support, then I'd say Microsoft is doing a pretty good job :).



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:11

I need a MSFT store display to hang up on my wall. Not enough tiles. 

 

Seriously, though, they don't need a clusterf*** store full of people to be doing something right. Microsoft still makes a living off third party retailers, and other sales. 



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:21

Apple is monkey see monkey do. That is why there are so many shoppers at the Apple store.


Edited by _Alexander, 10 December 2013 - 19:21.


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:21

The leaked 12 days of christmas deals at the stores (and the limit on the door buster qty's) probably didn't help too much. 



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:33

I need a MSFT store display to hang up on my wall. Not enough tiles. 

 

Seriously, though, they don't need a clusterf*** store full of people to be doing something right. Microsoft still makes a living off third party retailers, and other sales. 

My nephew works at the place where they make fibroglass Microsoft signs and the tables they put in the Microsoft store area in retail, he's gonna try to buy one for a Xmas present for me :)



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:39

Apple is monkey see monkey do. That is why there are so many shoppers at the Apple store.

 

That sounds good but it's false. I'm a Microsoft person, but reality is what it is. Here's an example of why the MS store is empty and Apple is full.

 

In the gym, I can Soundhound a song I hear playing with my iPhone 5S. I can tap a button twice and purchase and download it with my fingerprint for pw, quickly and easily add it to playlists and be playing in less than 5 minutes max, never mission a bit of my workout. I can go home, plug it in to it's' cradle and sync it to my desktop and iPad. With iTunes I can quickly drag and drop it to several other playlists, and it will sync and I'm good with my new songs wherever I go, on the device I want, on my playlists, with very little effort.

 

Do that with a Surface, WP8, & Windows 8.1 Desktop.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:45

I need a MSFT store display to hang up on my wall. Not enough tiles. 

 

 

 

Check the dumpsters behind the mall. I'm sure they'll be showing up there soon enough.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:45

That sounds good but it's false. I'm a Microsoft person, but reality is what it is. Here's an example of why the MS store is empty and Apple is full.

 

In the gym, I can Soundhound a song I hear playing with my iPhone 5S. I can tap a button twice and purchase and download it with my fingerprint for pw, quickly and easily add it to playlists and be playing in less than 5 minutes max, never mission a bit of my workout. I can go home, plug it in to it's' cradle and sync it to my desktop and iPad. With iTunes I can quickly drag and drop it to several other playlists, and it will sync and I'm good with my new songs wherever I go, on the device I want, on my playlists, with very little effort.

 

Do that with a Surface, WP8, & Windows 8.1 Desktop.

 

Um. Ok. You do know they have music detecting capabilities built right into the OS, right? I can then purchase the music, save it to Skydrive, and have it accessible to my devices. 

 

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:46

Check the dumpsters behind the mall. I'm sure they'll be showing up there soon enough.

 

 

\Right. Because MIcrosoft stores are closing up left and right...  (N)



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:47

In the gym, I can Soundhound a song I hear playing with my iPhone 5S. I can tap a button twice and purchase and download it with my fingerprint for pw, quickly and easily add it to playlists and be playing in less than 5 minutes max, never mission a bit of my workout. I can go home, plug it in to it's' cradle and sync it to my desktop and iPad. With iTunes I can quickly drag and drop it to several other playlists, and it will sync and I'm good with my new songs wherever I go, on the device I want, on my playlists, with very little effort.
 
Do that with a Surface, WP8, & Windows 8.1 Desktop.

SoundHound has been around for a while now for Windows Phone. Not available (yet) for Win 8, but again there are alternatives, including one built in.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:48

That sounds good but it's false. I'm a Microsoft person, but reality is what it is. Here's an example of why the MS store is empty and Apple is full.

 

In the gym, I can Soundhound a song I hear playing with my iPhone 5S. I can tap a button twice and purchase and download it with my fingerprint for pw, quickly and easily add it to playlists and be playing in less than 5 minutes max, never mission a bit of my workout. I can go home, plug it in to it's' cradle and sync it to my desktop and iPad. With iTunes I can quickly drag and drop it to several other playlists, and it will sync and I'm good with my new songs wherever I go, on the device I want, on my playlists, with very little effort.

 

Do that with a Surface, WP8, & Windows 8.1 Desktop.

 

You can do that with Windows. No need for a third-party application like SoundHound either.



#13 ctebah

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:50

Apple retail stores are extremely profitable. To me Microsoft stores look dull compared to Apple ones. Apple knows how to attract customers.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 19:51

 

Do that with a Surface, WP8, & Windows 8.1 Desktop.

 

Before spouting turds, give it a try. 



#15 Zinomian

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 20:14

That sounds good but it's false. I'm a Microsoft person, but reality is what it is. Here's an example of why the MS store is empty and Apple is full.

 

In the gym, I can Soundhound a song I hear playing with my iPhone 5S. I can tap a button twice and purchase and download it with my fingerprint for pw, quickly and easily add it to playlists and be playing in less than 5 minutes max, never mission a bit of my workout. I can go home, plug it in to it's' cradle and sync it to my desktop and iPad. With iTunes I can quickly drag and drop it to several other playlists, and it will sync and I'm good with my new songs wherever I go, on the device I want, on my playlists, with very little effort.

 

Do that with a Surface, WP8, & Windows 8.1 Desktop.

 

 

Actually, do this also for the Android system...I switched and I love my note2 device, but damm, it sucks not being able to use something similar with iTunes with it.  Kies sucks, and doesnt syncs files properly.





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