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Goes along with what I said earlier about how Google can position Android as a lynchpin in their nose-to-toes enterprise solutions. Not depending on their enterprise efforts for the majority of their bottom line means Google can make up for many shortcomings with great financial value.
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i like the article but i'm wondering is anybody really anticipating windows 8 anything?
 
+Eli Fennell i've not seen one post from someone on facebook or google+ that say oh man i cant wait to get my hands on the new windows 8 tablet. the nexus series (and a fair few apple lovers for the iphone) however was just an explosion of people wanting to get it (including myself for the nexus 7)
 
hahahaha now that wouldn't surprise me at all
 
+Eli Fennell 'i think they sold out their Surfaces to employees' thats ice cold , lol!

interestingly earlier this week , after being hassled by malware attack for the umpteenth time, i switched all my work to Google drive. figured my files stand a better chance in the cloud if my system happens to get screwed by malwares again. to my surprise i found the simplified interface of Google drive's 'office like' apps to be alot less stressful. it even works well with my house's less than stellar wifi connection. furthermore it also works consistently across all my devices, which really help when u try to steal a few minutes during the festive season to get some job done. mind you, i work in linguistics so my demands for productivity suites are relatively low.
if more and more layperson like myself come to the same revelation, i think windows 8 hardware and software suite sales could seriously get hurt. 
 
Don't really see how they can take them any more seriously on that front. Office 365 is all you can do really.

The problem is MS can't really compete with Google's overall strategy. They can throw barbs about being an advertising company but that's what's allowing Google to jump into any territory they want and make a splash. With their free services in the web age they have built up a mind share that MS just doesn't have. Google users probably actively think about Google and look at other products. Microsoft users are just using default tools that they probably don't think twice about.
 
+Eli Fennell and +Wayne Martin How can you be excited about seeing yesterday's products? Microsoft's "next big thing", the Surface, is nothing more than a piece of technology that was introduced almost three years ago, and actually offers less than their competitors. They had the opportunity, before the iPad was developed, to provide something truly unique with their Curior tablet but they dropped the ball big time on that one. People were genuinely excited about Microsoft's little "booklet" device, and you have to keep in mind that this was way before the whole smartphone/tablet market ever took off in mass as we know it today. The Curior was announced back in 2008 and was cancelled in 2010, and then the iPad was released. That was that last "exciting" product that I remember Microsoft having, but really didn't have. Unfortunately because of Vista, Curior, Zune, Bing, and the Kin Microsoft has done well to establish themselves as second rate followers and not first rate innovators. Microsoft hit it big in the enterprise sector offering end to end business solutions, from Exchange to Active Directory and everything else in between, but unfortunately most home consumers could care less about such things. The shameful thing to witness here is watching a company that's done really well within a specific market alienate that market in order to establish a beach head in a market that they historically do piss poor in, mobile. At this point the only thing that I anticipate from Microsoft is the day that they aren't involved in mobile, in a second rate capacity playing follow the leaders.

Sorry about coming in late to the conversation, just throwing a couple of cents out there. :)~ 
 
How did they manage to screw up the Zune anyway. I was actually interested in one.

They need to go the IBM route and look to be the big boy behind the scenes. Be the platform that makes BYOD with iOS and Android possible. Time to bow out at the consumer level on everything besides Office. Windows is almost there as well.
 
+Phillip Hagger MS does seem to be heading the IBM direction, right down to making a lot of their revenue on patent licensing.  But I like how IBM goes around playing peacemaker, helping companies with fewer patents acquire patents to defend themselves, like Google against Apple and Facebook against Yahoo!  They're making big bucks, and they get to seem like the good guys in the process.
 
That's the key thing...go there with a "good guy" image. Some days it seems like they will. And then they announce something like Surface and start all over. 
 
I still think that Excel is the gold standard for spreadsheets that Google (or anyone else) cannot touch. Google has a ways to go before I am willing to give up Excel.
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