A recent BBC piece makes some factually incorrect and outlandish claims about the history of the smartphone. It boggles the mind that an otherwise excellent news organization gets this so wrong. It’s the sort of thing you get when a lazy (or stupid?) journalist appears to us a bad Motorola commercial as their source.
Recently, Microsoft announced that is has joined the Linux foundation, that SQL Server is now ready for testing on Linux and a preview for Visual Studio on Mac is available. This is a transformation that cannot be underestimated. They reinforce the direction that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella started a couple of years ago. And they are the right things for the company to do.
Well, Nokia as we knew it is no longer. After selling off the feature phone part of the business, Microsoft is shutting what remains down. It is a sad demise after having once been the biggest mobile phone provider in the world, and one of the first to sell what we would recognize as a “smartphone”. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the missteps along the way.
Part of the Apple announcement included a demonstration of gameplay. People expected this to be part of the package, and there has been a lot of talk about the AppleTV vs. the consoles like PS4 and XBox. An article such as this is typical, as as some of the comments that follow in them, but in some ways most of those defending consoles are missing the point, or making assumptions about the future.
Today, it was announced that Microsoft will buy the services and mobile device business from Nokia. Microsoft doesn’t get to use the Nokia name, since it appears that they aren’t getting the switching, infrastructure and other businesses that Nokia has. None of this is really a surprise. But there may be a “hidden prize”, and one not one that is necessary good.
Several articles (including this recent Slate piece) talk about the Stacked Review process used in Microsoft. All indicate that the process is a factor in Microsoft’s current problems, and some say it is really the only problem. But is it really as big a contributor to the current state of things as some make it out to be?