That 64GB, $900 Microsoft Surface Pro you plan on buying next week? Maybe you should temper your storage expectations a bit, as the base model actually only allots 23GB of that space for use. The larger 128GB version offers a bit more space at 83GB, but is still losing a massive 45GB of space to the full Windows 8 operating system and various included applications.
Why even bother releasing a bloatware?
Does this sounds familiar? Remember Microsoft’s Windows? OEMs like Sony, DELL and HP release new computer models every other month with confusing names and overlapping features. On top of that they will slap you with a bunch of bloatware that you don’t really need and not to mention those ugly stickers. As to where Microsoft is heading now, will it soon befalls on Google?.
In the end, it is all about the whole user experience. Hardware and Software has to in full control by one party. Let’s hope that Google does learn from history. Buying Motorola Mobility is one good move. They should drop those OEM makers and make their own smartphones like Apple and gain back those user experience as it was intended do.
With the recent announcement of the synergy between Microsoft and Nokia, it created a whirlwind of discussions in the tech scene. I will add some of mine here.
The irony is Microsoft and Nokia used to be the king of the hill in the mobile scene not so long ago and how things have change against them with the eruption of iPhones and Androids into the market. There was a time when many devices runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile and by today many has defected to the Android camp. Clearly as a software company, Microsoft needs a hardware partner in order for them to market their Window Phone 7 and at the same time, Nokia being a hardware oriented company, clearly understand that their Symbian OS is no longer able to compete with new generation “Touch Screen” based mobile OSes. Both understood that if they still stick to the status quo, they can no longer survive in the long term. A partnership is perhaps the wisest choice.
Some interesting note is that the current CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop was Microsoft’s Head of Business Division prior joining Nokia in September, 2010 and within a few months he has managed to moved Nokia into Microsoft’s camp. Coincidence? Perhaps it is or perhaps not, but we can conclude that they truly need each other in order to survive and compete with iPhone and Androids. One of the best title on this and creatively put was “Nokia “Elope’d” with Microsoft”
Would this strategy backfire? Time will tell but currently there are more negative feedbacks than there are positive ones judging from the comment made on Nokia’s blog. And Nokia’s shareholder might not be too happy knowing that their newly hired CEO sold out their company to his former boss.
And for you geeks out there, here is your final treat.
Here are some interesting facts on how much return (compounded annually) you would get if you have invested in some technology stock over a five-year period:-
Apple – 38.8%
Oracle – 30%
IBM – 17.37%
Google – 11.12%
Microsoft – 2.74%
We have no doubt Apple has been a top stock performer judging from their success after success new product launches from iPod, to iPhone and iPads. However it is surprising that Oracle and IBM actually fair better than the darling stock, Google over the past five years. As for Microsoft, it is not a surprising result. Even pioneers like Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer is cashing out slowly.
Source from Information Week