Friday, June 29, 2012

How Microsoft creates it product names

There has to be a poster on the wall of the product development division of Microsoft that is from the 80s. It tells them how to come out with names for their products. It'll probably sound like like this:

  1. Step One: Find a generic name that is related to the product.
  2. Step Two: Capitalize the first letter
  3. Step Three: Copyright the Name.
It's genius really. They don't have to think of names like iPod or Gmail. 
Think about it. Windows. Surface. Office. Word. Access. Media. Excel. Phone. Exchange. Put the work "Microsoft" in front of them and you have a real product name. Of course, there are limits. The wouldn't do it with someone's name, like Bob, would they?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Should Hardware companies pay MS not to make hardware?

We've all heard about the Microsoft Surface tablet and how it's going to be the iPad for Windows. User are eagerly waiting for it. Tech journalists can't wait to get their hands on it and test it. About the only people who aren't jazzed are the other Windows tablet makers. What can they do? Say something against it? and risk their Windows license cost go through the roof? (no, Microsoft won't do that).
What's going to happen if the Surface tablet becomes too popular? Does anybody think Microsoft will say, "Ok, well make something that will sell like hotcakes and then stop selling it after everybody has bought one." Well, HP doesn't count. That WebOS tablet thing was a fluke. Nobody could sell a tablet for $199, right?
I think the only way to stop all this is to turn the tables on Microsoft. Remember at one time, Microsoft paid hardware vendors to come out with hardware the worked only with Windows. They called it a "development fund" to help them cover the cost of developing hardware for Windows. The hardware makers should do that in reverse. Get together and offer Microsoft a "software integration fund" to help cover the cost of Microsoft working closely with them to get the right experience on the tablet. The purpose of MS Surface is the tablet is because none of the hardware makers so far has been able to "make the right tablet" or "provide the best experience". If that's the case, the hardware makers have a case to offer a "consulting fee" to Microsoft to advise them on what is the best experience for Windows tablets. Of course, the condition for the consulting fee / software integration fund is the delay of the Windows Surface tablet. It'll come out after the hardware makers come out with theirs or.. maybe not at all, if Microsoft chooses to. Who knows?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Microsoft abandoning Nokia after driving it into the ground?

Apparently, Microsoft wasn't finished. Refer to previous post.
Now there is word that Microsoft is coming out with their own phones. Imagine that! The reason is that they wanted to come out with their own phone. Something that they can dictate what hardware would go in. Something that they have control over fully. Something that they couldn't have with Nokia.
Apparently, it wasn't enough that Nokia employed a former Microsoft executive as it's CEO. It wasn't enough that Nokia dropped it's in-house OS that had a larger market share outside the US than Windows Phone to make Windows Phone exclusively. That it wasn't enough that Nokia ignored the international market that it was more popular in to focus on selling Windows Phone in the US. Nokia was such a difficult partner still to work with.
What is the thanks that Nokia gets? It is laying off enough people to make a dent in the national unemployment index. MS-Layoff.
Tablet hardware vendors should consider themselves lucky.
Now to counter the negative reports on Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has committed to a Windows Phone 7 update. Sincerely, I think there were more reports on the Windows Phone 8 announcement than Windows Phone users.
Anyway, Microsoft has launched MS-Promise for Window Phone 7.8. They announced that they will put in as much Windows Phone 8 features in Windows Phone 7 in an updated called version 7.8. Or at least it'll look like it enough to fool any of your friends who care. Talk about a low hanging fruit. I bet that they will do this as soon as they finish launching Windows 8, Windows 8RT and Windows Phone 8 in September. Windows Phone 7 user have nothing to worry about. Just ask Windows Mobile users.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Is there anybody MS isn't screwing

We've all heard about the big Microsoft Surface tablet announcement. Apparently, their hardware partners only heard it just before us. Nothing like hearing your supplier announce that they're competing with you next week to give you that feeling of... being screwed. Just after all those Windows tablet announcements at recent trade shows. Way to support your partners, Microsoft!
Some people justified this by saying that only Microsoft can compete with Apple. Why? Because each windows license would be 83 bucks or something. Microsoft believed none of their partners could compete with Apple's price given the cost of the hardware. This is good hardware. They can't use the stuff Android uses. So they feel that only they, Microsoft, can come out with a high quality tablet made from high quality components at a cost that can rival Apple sold at roughly the same price.
Hmm. I think I know another way you can do this. Bring down the price of the windows license! Give it away free for a year or something. You knew if that really wanted to, they could.

They followed the tablet announcement with the Windows 8 mobile details at a developers conference later. Basically, all of you Windows Phone 7 users are screwed. Your phones can't be upgraded when Windows 8 mobile come out in September. So basically, the phone you bought last month will be obsolete in 2 month's time. And what about the people selling the windows phone 7? All the phones is stock just went bad. Now nobody wants to buy a Windows phone 7. Everybody will wait for Windows phone 8. The phone dealers are all screwed.
At the conference they announced that VOIP is built-in and it doesn't have to be Skype. That will be popular with the phone carriers.
So MS just screwed their hardware partners, phone users and phone dealers. The carriers just don't realize how screwed they are selling windows phone. Is there nobody left?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Apparently doing Porn is a bigger deal than Murder

I didn't know what to make of this Yahoo story headline: "Paris police investigate porn star sighting claims." The fact that Paris police are interested in porn stars is startling. That they are concerned about them being sighted is another.
Apparently, this Canadian Porn Star is suspected of murder and is wanted by police. He obviously got out of the country using one of his many aliases.