Let your Microsoft flag fly6 posts
Let your Microsoft flag fly6 posts
There is no online requirement…..
There is no online requirement.
Hey Tom, can you remove the sensationalism from this headline? There is no online requirement and you know that. Your article states that this cloud computing will not be the only way to run a game very clearly. What did MS do to you that is causing you to cover them so negatively now. Every article I read talks about how cool the Xbox One is and all I see from you is “confusion” here and “controversy” there.
Now you have all these comments saying “see!!! told you so!!” when nothing has changed.
about 13 hours ago on Microsoft explains Xbox One cloud gaming in an effort to justify online requirement 3 replies 8 recommends
Hint: the PC industry will not bounce back and Microsoft knows this (see windows 8)
Why can’t people make intelligent statements around this type of news regarding Microsoft’s change in strategy to focus on mobile? Every news outlet now looks at this and says “oooo… Microsoft is in trouble and windows 8 is failing to fix the problem” Just like the IDC report that provides no context on their blanket statements about windows 8. They have no understanding that Windows 8 is a strategy shift away from this declining market.
Those more educated sources like the Verge should be providing the proper commentary and analysis.
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Right, because Apple is not known for trying to define what users should want and do with their devices… that isn’t the core component of there business and marketing strategy at all…
Still has much greater functionality even in the basic ability to manipulate the file system and use USB peripherals.
2 days ago on Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad 1 reply 22 recommends
There is nothing misleading about price. Everyone knows accessories are extras. I hope your not talking about keyboard covers or add-ons… because its no different for the ipad.
I have no idea what your talking about with storage. The surface pro has a higher percentage of available space vs. advertised than the entire line of macbooks do. This is industry standard.
I won’t argue that bing voice commands can’t beat Siri yet but the new Kinect looks promising and I can’t imagine it will be long before that tech saturates the MS ecosystem
There is an excellent selection of “modern” apps. You haven’t been paying attention. Great new first party apps are showing up every day and the store continues to grow at the fast rate of an app store growth yet seen. I recently got my local banking app. That made me really happy and to me represents the beginnings of a mature ecosystem.
iWork cant natively edit an office file format. It can save as an office format but edits require you to save a new file if you want to stay in an office format. At least that was the case on my macbook pro I had last year.
2 days ago on Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad 1 reply 3 recommends
Macbook Pro and Air have less percentage of advertised space available on first boot. Get your head out of your ass.
2 days ago on Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad 1 reply 4 recommends
Yeah, they casually ignore the iPad’s strengths in this add like theverge casually ignores the strengths of all MS tablets and compares them only to those areas where the iPad wins in all product reviews. Case in point: Surface Pro review.
- Ignore all business use cases
- Ignore file system
- Ignore graphics and processor potential
- Ignore inking use cases
- Pick on weight
- Pick on stability of kickstand (same if not better than iPad smart cover)
I much more readily forgive an ad for casually ignoring strengths.
2 days ago on Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad 2 replies 2 recommends
3 days ago 6 comments
5.7 million users added in the last quarter alone and continually growing market share in the US and exceptional growth around the world (yes, there are other countries out there),
But wait…. I forgot, we are dealing with The Verge economics here where the number of users that is significant depends solely on the success of google or apple.
I’m not sure I understand the point of the touchpad behind the keyboard either but its nice that they are thinking out of the box. That is what the industry desperately needs. A tablet as just a tablet that consumes media is so uncessarily restrictive. There is no reason why a tablet shouldn’t dock within a cradle of sorts that gives it other functions. I find the surface pro so beautiful because its so well designed that it carries most of the other required functions within itself in such a tight package.
21 days ago on Acer's Aspire R7 combines desktop, laptop, and tablet with one 'floating touchscreen' (hands-on) 2 replies 3 recommends
Oh no, now I have to scroll my mouse to slide the start screen back and forth to find my applications instead of clicking through embedded menus to find obscurely named executable files. How will I ever be productive again!!!
Even worse I have to just start typing in order to have it search for an app!!! I’m so used to clicking the start button first. ITS SO FRUSTRATING.
21 days ago on Acer's Aspire R7 combines desktop, laptop, and tablet with one 'floating touchscreen' (hands-on) 2 replies 16 recommends
I disagree greatly that apps are an issue. As a power user I only use a select few apps. I just don’t get what the big deal is. You will find a few omissions (most notably you might not find your banking app) but that is it.
Regardless there is a huge sustained flow of great official apps lately. The ecosystem is picking up steam.
Disagree on a few points.
Display is better on the Lumia 920 (higher ppi and refresh rate)
Camera shouldn’t be among the best because the Lumia 920 is in a whole new class. It is impossible to take a macro shot with decent focus on any other smartphone. Depth of field just doesn’t exist.
Windows phone has a larger array of security features and can talk directly to existing security protocols on windows server if your IT guys care enough to let you try.
Windows phone 8 OS has the greatest performance of an OS hands down. Every version of iOS starts off fine but quickly deteriorates into a slow laggy mess within a few months. When I sold my iPhone 4 is took 10 seconds to load messages. I hope they improved that in iOS6.
So if you want a serious answer, no WP is not a joke. Its an awesome platform with the following highlights:
- Awesome industrial design on their phones
- Top notch manufacturer support (not like HTC)
- Truly exceptional core app experience: Skydrive, Office, Mail, People. Seriously, People is a revelation in social networking and contact management. Everyone you know listed in one place, the ability to read an aggregated news feed from all your networks or create tiles for groups you want to follow specifically, and the ability to post to social networks natively. Truly incredible.
- Xbox music is an awesome service at its core. The app is a little rough still on its syncing between MS platforms but the Xbox Music Pass is incredible value. You have natively integrated subscription music.
- My favourite part by far is the customization of the start screen. Its endless. Not just sizing tiles but pinning ANYTHING to you start screen. Music, photos, documents, events, locations. You can even make tile mosaics that change with your favourite pictures. I’m in love and could spend days just customizing my phone. And this is native to the OS and ecosystem. You don’t require installing ROM’s and all that nonsense like Android to get away from your basic grid of tiles with random widgets.
The problem is when anti-MS sentiment “from love” turns into taking shots at people who do use their products. Just because your “love” isn’t strong enough it doesn’t give you the right to shit on others for their choices.
Yeah we say that for a reason. Seriously, follow verge editors on twitter. They go out of there way to make fun of windows phone between terrible reviews. Its so sad that such a great platform is getting screwed by the media and no matter how well it does it terms of gaining marketshare or improving sales, the trolls still spin it. And by trolls I mean the verge.
Windows phones lack of popularity is squarely in the hands of the retailers refusing to market it because they have there heads firmly inserted in Tim Cook’s anus. Go to any big box store and you won’t even be able to try out a Lumia. If you did, you would be in love with the interface is seconds.
You couldn’t pay me enough to switch to iOS and Android. Been there… done that. WP8 is just too customizable and elegant for me. Its so cool that my phone will never look like anyone else’s phone. That feet is impossible with iOS and requires a lot of work on Android for the average user.
The vast majority of users who aren’t cramming their phones full have an incredible phone that just works. Must you come to every MS tribe forum post and try to snarkily point out how bad MS platforms are? Seriously, if you don’t like it fuck off. Nobody wants to hear from you.
I am a power user and use almost no storage on my phone because everything is in the cloud. This issue effects almost nobody so stop trying to make it sound like every basic consumer just can’t get there phone to do what they need it to.
Nobody is questioning that MS is slow to fix bugs but Its pretty tiring to read these posts that have nothing to contribute.
The problem is that your perceived “deficit” is illusory to any reasonable consumer. People are stilling buy GSIII’s by the boat load and my Lumia 920 has better specs and features all around. Now that the GSIV is coming out, there is only an incremental spec update that has no observable effect on the average user and a bunch of software features that match much of what Nokia was already implementing in Windows phone lenses. The lumia 920 still matches up remarkably well to the Galaxy S4 as it still has better specs and features than the iPhone 5.
The nexus 4 is hideous and years behind in industrial design (borrowing glass design of iPhone 4). People don’t talk about the Nexus 4 any more or less than the Lumia 920. That says volumes about Nokia’s success in growing mindshare. Everyone has moved on to the next android phone which in turn will be outdated again in a month.
AHHHH stop with your logic. Jaywontdart is a much better CEO that Stephen Elop!!!!
Here we go again. Another person confusing US marketshare with the whole world.
Nokia is continuing to increase lumia sales each quarter (not failing miserably as you all suggested or just filling the channel with shipments.
Nokia’s marketshare is increasing rapidly all over the world and has reached as high as 15% in european counties.
Nokia’s marketshare in the U.S continues to rise (up 1.9% in the last quarter).
This is really starting to get obscene. All you retards who claim Microsoft and Nokia are gonna tank are getting disproved again and again as each quarter positive results come out showing growth in their platforms (irrespective of a net loss on Nokia’s end). I’m tired of reading this nonsense. Microsoft is not going to die because windows 8 hasn’t revived sales of traditional desktop PC’s (an assinine expectation by analysts that doesn’t even align with MS’s strategy) and Nokia is on a slow climb back to relevance. The mere fact that we are talking about them when nobody said a word a few years ago speaks volumes.
How about all the other features:
Cable Box Overlay
PC Gaming convergence?
28 days ago on Next Xbox rumored to emphasize sharing, let publishers mandate 'always-on' connection 1 reply 2 recommends
ick… can’t stand samsung marketting. Commercials about making commercials. This isn’t seinfeld.
3 million isn’t tiny compared to 11 million or 6 million in recent quarters from very well established competitors.
Hmm, the first part of your comment sounds like extremely good news and then you arrive at a bad conclusion. I’m very confused.
If they are excluding convertible PC’s doesn’t that exclude the vast majority of windows 8 devices? That would mean that 7.5% marketshare is a very conservative look at windows 8 market penetration.
3 million sales is absolutely nothing to scoff at considering Apple and Android were at 12 and 6 miillion the previous quarter. There is enormous growth in the market incorporated here as well.
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28 days ago
Absolutely agree, retail presence and availability of windows 8 tablets has been extremely poor. I’ve tried every electronics store in my region and can only find a few VivoTabs that dont even have the attachable keyboards. All that is stocked is crappy laptops and AIO’s. This result of marketshare is remarkable in the face of poor availability and terrible retail presence.