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10.04.11

Microsoft Products Are Still Dying

Posted in Microsoft at 10:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Drained

Summary: Windows Live Gallery is being shut down and it is merely the latest among very many such Microsoft services and products that are eventually being shut down

MARKET monopolist and unethical bully Microsoft is gradually breaking down into pieces. It is a process that has gone on for several years now. While some old monopolies bring home some bacon (although a decreasing amount of it), there is clearly an inability to evolve.

“There are more products that die at Microsoft without us noticing as we no longer track MSFT.”It has been a long time since Microsoft last brought a successful product to market. It just shuts down many projects as none of the new ones succeeds on the face of it.

We have an out-of-date wiki page about Microsoft’s dead products and now we can add another item to it. Windows Live Gallery is officially dead. Thanks to the reader who sent us the link. There are more products that die at Microsoft without us noticing as we no longer track MSFT. There are more pressing issues.

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4 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    October 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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    http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2011/profile/microsoft.php
    —–
    MICROSOFT
    For turning the human body into a game controller

    Microsoft wowed with several creations over the past year–a
    better Bing, the Windows Phone 7 OS–but we’re most impressed
    by what it destroyed: the old-fashioned remote control. Its
    revolutionary hands-free Kinect for the Xbox 360 console,
    which launched in November, uses an assortment of sensors to
    understand voice commands and read facial cues and physical
    gestures (a punch or a kick, for instance).
    —–

    MS might not be an Apple when it comes to innovation, but they are beginning to turn things around. Your idea that they are “breaking into pieces” is a little premature.

  2. bitcrazed said,

    October 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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    I notice with interest that you’re predicting Microsoft’s imminent demise based on them closing down the Live Gallery site … while choosing to completely ignore the reason WHY they’re closing down the site.

    Part of the reason Microsoft has decided to close the Windows Live Gallery has to do with the upcoming launch of the Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft has already released a Developer Preview of Windows 8 which will include support for downloading apps via the Microsoft Store.

    Further, you claim that Microsoft is earning less than it did before? Oh, I don’t know about that – Microsoft FY2011 $29Bn profit from $69Bn in revenue seems like a pretty impressive amount to me.

    As for your claims that “It has been a long time since Microsoft last brought a successful product to market.”, how do you explain Kinect (the fastest selling electronics product in history), XBox360 now outsells all other consoles, Windows7 (almost 500M copies sold in 24 months vs. Apple’s total world-wide deployed base of 60M OSX licenses), * Server (Windows, Exchange, SQL, etc), etc. etc.

    How on earth did you achieve a “doctorate” using this level of critical thinking?

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Seems like we’ve attracted another Seattle heckler with a Microsoft blog.

    What I said was accurate. “Vista 7″ is not a new product but another version of Vista (or Windows if you prefer).

    As for Microsoft’s financial claims, the company has debt.

    But thanks for those Microsoft talking points, including fake numbers that you dropped in there (e.g. number of keys issued, which are not “sales”).

    If I had parroted Microsoft’s PR, that would imply lack of critical thinking

    Michael Reply:

    > Seems like we’ve attracted another Seattle heckler with a
    > Microsoft blog.

    Typical Roy: start off with a mindless attack / insult.

    > What I said was accurate. “Vista 7″ is not a new product but
    > another version of Vista (or Windows if you prefer).

    No matter how you try to twist things, there is no product called “Vista 7″. Your mistake here was either a sign of your absurd bias or a sign you have no clue about the products you obsess over and lie about. Oh, and nobody said a new version of Windows was not based on previous ones. Not sure why you are so proud of yourself to have figured this out.

    > As for Microsoft’s financial claims, the company has debt.

    Nice straw man. Nobody said they had no debt.

    http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Financials/FY11/Q4/IncomeStatements.aspx

    Net Income:
    2011: 23,150 million dollars
    2010: 18,760 million dollars
    2009: 14,569 million dollars

    Your claim about MS falling apart is factually incorrect. Your claim about them not bringing any successful products to market is also factually incorrect (Windows 7, Kinext, XBox, etc.).

    Your claims are simply made up with no backing. This, frankly, is typical of your claims. It is also the reason you will not answer my questions on your show – you know you have nothing to back your claims about MS or about Linux and you fear having to face it in a direct situation such a recorded audio conversation.

    > But thanks for those Microsoft talking points, including fake
    > numbers that you dropped in there (e.g. number of keys issued,
    > which are not “sales”).
    >
    > If I had parroted Microsoft’s PR, that would imply lack of
    > critical thinking

    Are you claiming it takes “critical thinking” to make up the fiction you try to push as reality?

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