Originally Posted by Rookie1337
MS never was a happy medium and has always been aimed for massification because as a for profit company they pursued the volume sales strategy which means they needed as many people as possible to use the software. It's only recently with the smartphone OS UX designs showing up that MS felt like copying elements of that as they viewed that as part of the reason smartphone users like those OSes so much. The lowest common denominator has always been the GUI needing a mouse to do anything crowd. MS catered to that crowd since at least Win95. Its just evolved these days to the touchscreen mindset crowd. Both of those crowds are full 99% by the people who don't care to know anything about how the system works. So there never was a medium of control because from day one the licensing terms of Windows have been that you don't own it; you at best own a license and that license has strict limitations as to what you can do with it.
But they were a happy medium. Before Windows became commonplace with Windows 95 you had DOS, which required a higher learning curve compared to a contemporary Mac with its graphical user interface. The lower cost of entry of having a simpler command line operating system, the very same thing that made it more accessible along with OEM machines, also made it harder for users to get into and thus the Microsoft user base of that time is more knowledgeable than the contemporary Mac user base.
As for the smartphone that was MS facing the very issue they had monopolized on the desktop market; first come with decent enough product is the winner. MS also incorrectly didn't see a change in the situation from their earlier foray back in the early 2000s and thus were afraid of sinking money in another failed attempt. This turned out to be incorrect and they paid for it. Intel cancelled the Atom as they couldn't compete with ARM and the Atom never could escape the impression of being slow and expensive.
The thing is, Microsoft was already in that market, so it wasn't going to be "another failed attempt" (unless you're talking about something else) if they invested more in it as they had a growing market share in the smartphone market up to 2007, where they reached 42% in the US. It then fell off a cliff in a few years when they failed to adapt with both a slow release schedule and half baked solutions such as Windows Mobile 6.5. And then Windows Phone 7 lacked features vs. the competition and was atrociously ugly. They have been polishing with successive versions, but now it's a bit late.
Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric
I actually agree 100% with you on something that involves Windows!
The world is about to end then.
Wait a minute. It was supposed to have ended back in 2012.
Ah wait, it actually did, that's the year Windows 8 was released.
We're still here, in the Matrix, picking up the pieces of that mess, good to have you on board to give a helping hand with some of it.
Originally Posted by Nickyvida
So we should let them get away with even more down the line? What they can get away with, they'll have a free pass to whatever they are planning down the line. These are your privacy being taken away one by one.
Like the old saying. First they came for someone who spoke out. Then they came for me because there was no one left to speak up for us.
Its because of the passive attitude from consumers that its so widespread now. Like what you mentioned. Google, etc.
The more people that know about this, the better. At least there will be some attention on the issue at hand.
From my experience, my opinion is that it's a cultural thing at this point, a lot of people, mainly from the US, speak with a shareholder mentality, some forum members here are actually shareholders in tech companies and others either work or have relatives who work for a multinational, so it's a different kind of position and perspective that they are in and it's thus not surprising.
It's understandable on the one hand, but on the other they forget that they too are consumers and that those decisions that they support will come back full circle and hit them too.Edited by tpi2007 - 6/6/16 at 4:35am