Well, let’s count the ways they’ve burned the hands that feed them…
1. The #ribbon. We spoke loudly against it. We asked for a ribbon and a File/Edit menu alongside.
We were ignored.
2. MS killed Aces studio, makers of FlightSim.
We were flabbergasted the would kill one of the top geek products.
3. They gave us Vista.
We were at our wits end, that they wanted us to roll it out to users.
4. They gave us more ribbons.
We were astounded to find out the GUI customer forums had been replaced by… Yes men, err, MS managers.
5. Along the way They also killed Exchange public groups, I think they were called?
Hello? Have they heard of f.cebook, or worse, yammer?
6. Then they go kill off WME; I draw the line there, all my digitized images, music and movies are using WME encoding.
What is it that I’m supposed to use now? XBOX? That’s what they’re selling or spinning off right?
7. Let’s not forget the Labyrinth that is Windows 8? Which users did they talk with that convinced them we all want a single Windows OS for our PCs our tablets, phablets, phones, cars, and toilets? Sure it would have sounded beat, for a day maybe, then reality should have set in.
Perhaps that was the issue… Reality.
8. Finally they expect us to turn over our apps, and this is not only MS but other dynamic compute providers, for them to manage in the cloud.
We’re supposed to train the low payed minions they hire to manage and run all this, and then we’re supposed to slip quietly to welfare, or some cardboard boxes under some bridges
9. Fooled you, you thought I was finished, didn’t you? Then they kill off TechNet subscriptions.
Oh yeah I know the web site is still there. But have you run any searches lately that don’t bring back 90% Cloud responses? And where do they say we can see these grandiose systems they will be developing in the feature?
TechCloud, of course. And let’s not forget TechEd, or should I say CloudEd? Even the great propagandist, Mr Thurrott himself said there were slim pickings if you wanted anything but cloud.
10. Now finally they pissed off or on, same difference the vendors that were making hardware for MS software, and perhaps justifiably so.
But what does MS DO? They start making the same old cheap, low end crap they complained the vendors were making. Movie proportioned screens instead of paper proportioned; low resolution screens, short battery life; unimaginative and crappy software; oh, but they are trying to sell them at Apple price levels.
I also don’t know what they will do in the future, but I’ve spent thousands on WinCE devices whose OS may have lasted six months. But I couldn’t upgrade because they’d changed the hardware specs.
So dear Mr Nadella, (@satyanadella)?
Do you see why all of these hardware vendors, including Intel, are going with Chrome or Android?
Do you see why many companies moving to the cloud are doing so, but still managing their own data?
Do you see why us geeks are not likely to support you in the future?
And in all honestly, your office products aren’t innovative; they are weird and bloatware. As for server systems, the only thing not in the market elsewhere is Exchange.
But I’m sure MS will get around to that as we’ll.
Wow, I feel as if I need to spend some time in purgatory after that entire tirade.
The unfortunate part is that I really don’t have any answers. Except for split the OS GUI’s to their device parts, increase the hardware quality and drop the cost, and finally lose the darned ribbon.