Android growth continues unabated and Apple’s shareholders are unimpressed
Summary: Having failed to grow (in the operating systems market share sense), proprietary software giants lose loyalty, try to attack the winner (Android/Linux) with software patents, and inevitably make their staff redundant
BASED on the latest news (sent to us by a reader this morning), Microsoft’s collapse continues with yet more layoffs , part of a trend of layoffs at Microsoft — a trend that started to become apparent nearly a decade ago. This time it’s staff in the mobile division that’s being axed because Microsoft has been busy with patent extortion against Android, trying to E.E.E. Android rather than embrace and invest in its own (Windows) platform. Vista 10 too has been an utter mess. Microsoft saw little or no public nterest in it, so not only did Microsoft make it ‘free’ (gratis ‘upgrade’) but also imposed, even by breaking trust (upsetting Microsoft’s own fans), on everybody. See the new article titled “4 Awful Secrets No One Is Telling You About Windows 10″  and remember that a lot of what Microsoft does in Windows these days reached the verge of what’s illegal (not that NSA would mind or complain).
“Microsoft can only pretend to love Linux while silently attacking it.”As we have shown here earlier this month and last month, a lot of Microsoft’s biggest fans are starting to complain in public. Apple fans too, based on a new article , feel the same way (for numerous legitimate reasons), and shareholders’ lack of trust is evident (in the share price of Apple).
Like it or not, Android and by extension Linux are the future (see our daily links for today, in particular regarding India and Russia). Microsoft can only pretend to love Linux while silently attacking it. █
Related/contextual items from the news:
Back in July last year, Microsoft announced that up to 7,800 employees will be laid off globally, with majority of those working in the company’s phone business. Now, there are reports that the software giant is cutting “dozens” of more jobs from its mobile division.
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who hate Microsoft and no others … so, actually, there are one kind of people in this world. The company has dreams of Windows 10 being installed on 1 billion devices worldwide, and though that sounds kind of like a made-up child’s goal, it’s actually a real possibility, as more and more users are upgrading to get the bad taste of Windows 8 out of their mouths.
This universal acceptance of Windows 10 is especially bizarre since it seems like people are forgetting all the shady shit Microsoft has already pulled in their short history of updates. Well, I haven’t forgotten, and I’m a little amazed to find that not too many people are talking about it. There’s a huge list of things Windows 10 tried to trick you into and a slightly shorter list of shit they’re still getting away with.
Apple — the company which was famous for sticking to the quality — is gaining more popularity in terms of complaints. Some of these include issues related to reliability, unused apps, degrading quality of the software and hardware, and complaints not being taken care properly on the Apple’s forum.