One device to rule them all? Microsoft and Apple face off
Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:02 AM
Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:36 AM
This says it all. I used to buy cheap tools only to have them break after a couple uses. I now save my money and buy something that will last and do the job it was intended to do. It's the same with computing devices. I have another saying that also works--
Jack of all trades, master of none!
This is what Microsoft is still trying to be and in most cases, fits my saying. This is also why corporations and the government buy lots of PCs running Microsoft software. They buy cheap because they budget year to year and hope they can get one product that does everything somewhat well. As we all know, you get what you pay for.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:21 AM
Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:48 AM
The strategy looks entirely like someone forced into a corner.
The Surface Pro runs all Windows apps: hey, we have lots of apps, too!
To take advantage of the Windows 8 interface, developers will need to write apps that work on the Surface RT.
The pieces are all there, you know, except for the compelling reason for anyone to care.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:44 AM
Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:01 AM
This arrogance even pertains to their marketing, e.g. those break-dancing commercials clicking the keyboard to the Surface. Those showed no compelling reason to buy the product, just kind of cool break-dancing (and break-dancing is so last millenium).
One can just imagine the Microsofties sitting in the boardroom, saying "hey that's a cool commercial" even though they show nobody using the product, nor any useful attributes of the - what is it they were advertising?
Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:51 AM
This applies to other products too. For example, we may have a 60" HDTV in our living room, but a 30" HDTV in the bedroom (because it's better suited there), and we may watch TV on our iPads when we travel.
Trying to use one TV type and size for all situations would not be practical!
Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:12 PM
It is a legal mp3 by the way. It is a recording of a spiritual group discussion he had with some folks (that you cannot buy on iTunes if you want me to be that clear).
In a PC, I can right click and save the mp3 to my desktop and add it to my itunes library (which is still an awesome program by the way).
In an iPad, I can't execute a simple dumbass task like this because Apple didn't plan for this feature .... I need a google drive app + sharing of the mp3 by the sender ... or i'll need some other useless app like Airsharing or Dropbox or Good Reader ... some of which need a payment .... or I could jail break it? .... Come on people?
.... similar story with iPhone 3GS and how it would not allow background apps like GPS tracking .... and how it would not work with Find My Iphone unless you paid 70$ Apple mobile me ... but that is fine, it is Apple's product .... but WAIT for it, if you buy a IPhone 4, you can get a free iCloud account which enables you to install Find My Iphone on any 3GS ... so basically 3GS is fully capable but intentionally locked down ... had to jail break it eventually to run a background GPS program ...
I don't need a garden of eden sandbox ..... I need to the effing computing device (iphone, ipad .... ) to do what I tell it do. There are a gazillion ways to make my PC do exactly what I want it to do.
A few reasons my current iPhone 4 will be my 2nd and last Apple paid product. I guess I will have to tolerate iTunes for some more time, haven't spent any time looking for alternatives. Ofcourse, I've long since stopped purchasing songs on iTunes Store.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:32 PM
May I add, there is also the "it just works" vs. "walled garden" split. Apple still hosts a lot of third part stuff on OS 10, but not to my knowledge with iOS. Same with Google and Android. Microsoft of course is attempting the same with Windows RT, but one is not stuck with their vetted applications with the x86 versions of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
I think most objectives of computer security are doomed. Perhaps a device with certain settings and software might access one's bank securely, but only if that is all it did and that very briefly indeed. So I discount the security aspects of ap vetting. And there are actual examples from the various major ap stores to prove it: fully vetted malware.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:31 PM
That's because Microsoft listens to the wrong people. They listen to the anti-Apple zealots who think that anything Apple does is wrong. Meanwhile, Microsoft's greatest products go ignored because almost nobody wants them.