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I am thinking of writing an article about how to setup Zimbra mail server
That would be great. Over the years I've tried various mail servers (running on Windows servers) and for the life of me, I cannot understand how something so fundamentally simple can be made so complicated and with unintelligible documentation. Makes me want to write my own.
While I do agree that Ballmer is a disaster, I wouldn't put much faith in this analyst. He has a long history of doom saying over Microsoft. The fact he was using inaccurate data should tell you everything you need to know.
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They could have a successful company based off of their Xbox brand alone. Not to mention Office and Windows 7, which they ensured will sell well for years to come Not everyone is going to switch to a Mac or (trying to stifle a laugh) Linux. (And I like Linux! But the dream of it taking over the desktop are long, long dead. It's everywhere else, so it's ok.) And tablets cannot do what desktops can. Maybe some day they will essentially be what desktops are - big and not so portable screens - but isn't that still a desktop? I haven't used a screen smaller than 15" in 20 years! Except for my phone... Hmm.
Anyway, I am not sure how well their MS Mouse division is doing these days...
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And why sell it? From a purely monetary perspective, why not do what Abbot Laboratories just did and split the company into, say, three pieces, each one public? It would make loads of cash for everyone involved.
Do you know how long it takes for a company with the bank account size of Microsoft to go bankrupt? Moreover, despite what alarmists have said about other companies (i.e. GM), even if Microsoft proper declared bankruptcy, it wouldn't simply disappear. One thing going for Microsoft is that for the size of company it is, it is surprising how fast it can pivot and move in a new direction. In the case of Windows 8, it wouldn't take much work to throw back in Aero and make Windows 9 or Windows 7.1 or whatever you want to call it.
Added: I do think Ballmer should go. I also think this guy is shorting Microsoft stock and wants the company to crash. I think he's going to be disappointed.
Or trying to follow a professional ethics code... writing (positively or negatively) about stock you own is a conflict of interest.
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I could not find Adam Hartung's disclosed stock holdings anywhere. That said, I don't trust any analysts advice if they don't have stake in the game. But, Hartung is not a journalist--he's a businessman pushing his consulting business and spouting off. Hartung strikes me as one of those guys who had a good career in business and now thinks he's smarter than anyone in the room. He throws enough predictions around that when enough hit, he becomes right to his followers (see Jim Cramer.)
(Again; I don't like Ballmer, but to say he's the worse CEO is nonsense. See HP. Most CEOs would love to be as "bad" as Ballmer and for their company to "fail" as badly as Microsoft. Fact is Microsoft had a great year by any objective measure, especially when you factor in a $6 billion write down they made.)
I would skip the article, just after reading the title.
This kind of 'look at me' titles, often contains crap.
Windows 7 sell like hotcake because of Windows Vista, Windows Vista never sell like hotcake because of Windows XP. same as Windows 8 is not selling like hotcake because of Windows 7. It depends upon how much new version is improved over the previous version, what this have to do with balmer? He was there since Windows XP...
<layer>what would you do if Microsoft does, indeed, go belly up in the next few years because of the Windows 8 debacle?
Nothing, because it isn't going to happen, and I'm finally expanding into Linux related activities anyways. The world will go on with whatever form Microsoft (and all the rest) morphs into to adjust for the needs (real or imagined) of people, and they will continue to tell us what we need (real or imagined) to create new market spaces. The wheel will keep turning, in other words.
Even if that happens, people will continue to use XP for an other century.
Or maybe Windows 7, if they're hip.
But it doesn't really matter does it, programming is programming, and learning new technologies every year (or more frequently) is something that Microsoft is effectively forcing us to do anyway, so that's nothing new.
Since when Windows 8 became failure? I realize it’s a matter of personal opinion but for me the concept is quite smart and well implemented. For years and years we used to have a huge utterly useless space on our screen in both Windows and Linux. Now Microsoft is trying to find some use of this “wallpaper holder”. What’s wrong with that?
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I think it works on a tablet but on a non-touch screen device the desktop makes more sense.
Also there is a habit nowadays for novelty to be seen as progress, this is not in my opinion the case.
So from a cynical point of view it seems to be also about generating new revenue streams without taking all the users into account(just like the ribbon business users are now going to have to learn a new interface when all they want to do is get their work done.).
My opinion for what it's worth...
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I would go back to writing procedural code for CP/M-like operating systems, knowing that they're bound to make a comeback once Microsoft is gone. We can probably expect software developers to start writing actual manuals again, too, once the company that created the useless concept of online "help" is gone, so I might invest a bit in paper products stocks.
It won't. Windows 8 might be a disaster, relatively speaking ... but no more so than ME or Vista. Companies will still buy Windows machines, even if it's still W7. W8 looks like being a moderate success in the phone and tablet market, for which it is actually designed, so it won't even be written off development time if it doesn't make it in the desktop market. Microsoft also have a profitable console operation, and extremely successful business software division (Office, SQL Server, Visual Studio etc).
Have now had the 'pleasure' of seeing one or two of the Oscar contenders. In particular, Silver Linings Playbook. Perhaps someone would be good enough to explain to me why I should have stayed more than 15 minutes as I thought it was complete rubbish.
On the other hand, was 'forced' to watch Les Miserables. I've never seen it on stage and, apart from the poor casting of Huge Jackman (man can't sing to save his life) quite enjoyed it. Bit of a revelation, really, as I normally hate musicals of any kind. And yes, I had a man tear in my eye at the end.
Looking forward to Django - hopefully tonight.
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