Gemini version available ♊︎

Microsoft Brings Out the Vapourware and PR as the Stock (MSFT) Slides Almost to New Lows

Posted in Finance, Microsoft, Vista 8, Windows at 12:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“In the face of strong competition, Evangelism’s focus may shift immediately to the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Summary: Microsoft is being hammered by analysts this week because its future is not promising; Microsoft starts talking about (not showing) speculative future products that do not exist and may never exist at all

Microsoft booster Marius Oiaga and other such boosters are seeding vapourware right now (this time it’s Midori OS and not Vista 8).

“Vaporware time,” calls it Chips B. Malroy, who probably already knows that when Microsoft throws vapourware out there it means that it’s suffering and that people say the company has no future.

Turn on the BS meter and read the latest pile from Oiaga et al.:

Work continues on Microsoft’s non-Windows Midori operating system, a Microsoft Research project based on the Singularity platform.

The Redmond company is not confirming this officially, but the detail can be inferred from information made public recently by Joe Duffy, a lead architect on an OS incubation project at Microsoft. (spotted first by Mary-Jo Foley)

Duffy is leading the team responsible for “multiple aspects of a research operating system’s programming model.”

For those who don’t know, the Singularity platform was shelved a long time ago because it’s worthless. For those who say that Windows is a dead end Microsoft can only point at something which does not really exist. “Why” you ask? Because Microsoft took some serious beating on Monday, having been downgraded by Goldman Sachs and told that its phone efforts are hopeless. We wrote about it very briefly yesterday and before we get to the news, here are some quotes from IRC about Midori:

“Microsoft is a sub-par software company. I doubt they’ll be able to survive without the inertia of an operating system that’s already well entrenched,” said hazzy.

“Well, Windows 8 vaporware is supposed to be based on NT still. So don’t see Midori coming out soon, if this is true, unless MS decides to sell it as a dual boot system or go back to the days when it sold both 9x and NT systems,” responded Chips B. Malroy.

“It’s only going to get worse… They would die without windows revenue.”
      –Chips B. Malroy
Diablo-D3 said that “midori is going to be windows 9 or 10… it’s way too early for that…”

“[N]o, midori is a khtml-based browser,” MinceR joked.

“The question I have about Midori is, when,” added Chips B. Malroy. “As Windows is getting too hard for the average user to protect from malware. It’s only going to get worse… They would die without windows revenue.”

“[Microsoft] midori is going to be a harder flop than vista was,” opined MinceR, “even less compatibility with the usual [Microsoft] quality…”

“[Y]es, if it doesn’t run Bejeweled, then the public will ignore it,” Chips B. Malroy concluded, “it has to be backward compatible…”

The IRC logs have a lot more on the subject, including the subsequent discussion about the latest Microsoft PR stunts in the UK. Microsoft’s selfishness is described (spun) as public good and the article in question contains an out-of-place “Gates” brand in the photo. It’s all part of Microsoft’s lobbying from Gates et al. in the UK, just as we discussed last week. Here is part of the PR:

Mr Frazer said Microsoft’s UK partners – a network of IT and software companies affiliated with the computer giant – currently offered some 3,000 technical apprenticeships to 16 to 18-year-olds, fully funded by the state. Any costs incurred by the employer were limited to the individual’s wages and overhead expenses such as providing training equipment.

Chips B. Malroy had some harsh words to say about it, for example: “It looks like MS is being paid by taxpayers to put children to work? Is this so?

“Well, I know young people have to start somewhere, but if the taxpayers pick up the full amount, then these companies in effect get free taxpayers supported child labor, which replaces and adult worker. And most of these MS and MS partner companies can afford to pay.

“What were they thinking? It smells like a handout to rich corporations to me.

“Shouldn’t sixteen and seventeen year olds be in school?

“At that age what talents could you have that MS and it partners want to exploit with free taxpayers’ money? It seems like some sort of sweatshop work I bet.” There is more on that in the IRC logs where Chips B. Malroy discussed Microsoft’s major decline yesterday, with Goldman Sachs adding to several recent downgrades of Microsoft [1, 2] until “Microsoft One Dollar from 52-week Low,” according to the referenced headline.

“At that age what talents could you have that MS and it partners want to exploit with free taxpayers’ money? It seems like some sort of sweatshop work I bet.”
      –Chips B. Malroy
To quote some of the things Goldman Sachs is doing: “The New York-based investment bank removed Microsoft from its Americas Buy list and lowered its outlook for the company’s stock to neutral on Sunday. Citing poor returns for 2010 so far, an insufficient dividend and increasing market share of tablet PCs, to the detriment of notebooks and desktops, the bank also lowered its price target from US$32 per share down to US$28.”

To quote few of the things Goldman Sachs is saying (there are many more quotes in IRC and in the original article): “Since 2002 Microsoft has had a -8% return on dividends-reinvested basis, the second-worst of the largest dividend-paying tech stocks” (says Friar).

The author adds: “While the company raised its dividend 23% to 16 cents per share (or 2.6% of cash flow) just two weeks ago, Ms. Friar argues that is still barely half the yield necessary to boost share value.”

Even one of MSFT’s (the stock) fan sites, The Motley Fool, has just published “Why Microsoft Will Never Be Great Again” (and it may explain the sudden need/hunger for vapourware).

“Stewart Alsop, industry gadfly, presented Gates with the “Golden Vaporware” award, saying, “The delay of Windows was all part of a secret plan to have Bill turn thirty before it shipped.”

Barbarians Led by Bill Gates, a book composed
by the daughter of Microsoft’s PR mogul

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New

  1. This Apt Has Super Dumbass Powers. Linus Sebastian and Pop_OS!

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission

  2. [Meme] Trying to Appease Provocateurs and Borderline Trolls

    GNU/Linux isn’t just a clone of Microsoft Windows and it oughtn’t be a clone of Microsoft Windows, either; some people set themselves up for failure, maybe by intention

  3. Centralised Git Hosting Has a Business Model Which is Hostile Towards Developers' Interests (in Microsoft's Case, It's an Attack on Reciprocal Licensing and Persistent Manipulation)

    Spying, censoring, and abusing projects/developers/users are among the perks Microsoft found in GitHub; the E.E.E.-styled takeover is being misused for perception manipulation and even racism, so projects really need to take control of their hosting (outsourcing is risky and very expensive in the long run)

  4. Links 29/11/2021: FWUPD's 'Best Known Configuration' and Glimpse at OpenZFS 3.0

    Links for the day

  5. President Biden Wants to Put Microsofter in Charge of the Patent Office, Soon to Penalise Patent Applicants Who Don't Use Microsoft's Proprietary Formats

    The tradition of GAFAM or GIAFAM inside the USPTO carries on (e.g. Kappos and Lee; Kappos lobbies for Microsoft and IBM, whereas Lee now works for Amazon/Bezos after a career at Google); it's hard to believe anymore that the USPTO exists to serve innovators rather than aggressive monopolists, shielding their territory by patent threats (lawsuits or worse aggression) and cross-licensing that's akin to a cartel

  6. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VIII — Mr. Graveley's Long Career Serving Microsoft's Agenda (Before Hiring by Microsoft to Work on GitHub's GPL Violations Machine)

    Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley was promoting .NET (or Mono) since his young days; his current job at Microsoft is consistent with past harms to GNU/Linux, basically pushing undesirable (except to Microsoft) things to GNU/Linux users; Tomboy used to be the main reason for distro ISOs to include Mono

  7. Dr. Andy Farnell on Teaching Cybersecurity in an Age of 'Fake Security'

    By Dr. Andy Farnell

  8. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, November 28, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, November 28, 2021

  9. Links 29/11/2021: Linux 5.16 RC3 and Lots of Patent Catch-up

    Links for the day

  10. By 2022 0% of 'News' Coverage About Patents Will Be Actual Journalism (Patent Litigation Sector Has Hijacked the World Wide Web to Disseminate Self-Promotional Misinformation)

    Finding news about the EPO is almost impossible because today’s so-called ‘news’ sites are in the pockets of Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos, and their cohorts who turned the EPO into a hub of litigation, not science; this is part of an international (worldwide) problem because financial resources for journalism have run out, and so the vacuum is filled/replaced almost entirely by Public Relations (PR) and marketing

  11. Trying to Appease Those Who Never Liked Free Software or Those Who Blindly Loved All Patent Monopolies to Begin With

    It’s crystal clear that trying to appease everyone, all the time, is impossible; in the case of the EPO, for example, we hope that exposing Team Battistelli/Campinos helps raise awareness of the harms of patent maximalism, and when speaking about Free software — whilst occasionally bashing the alternatives (proprietary) — we hope to convince more people to join the “Good Fight”

  12. Links 28/11/2021: Laravel 8.73 Released, GitHub Offline for Hours

    Links for the day

  13. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, November 27, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, November 27, 2021

  14. Links 27/11/2021: Nvidia’s DLSS Hype and Why GNU/Linux Matters

    Links for the day

  15. [Meme] Linus Gabriel Sebastian Takes GNU/Linux for a (Tail)'Spin'

    If you’re trying to prove that GNU/Linux is NOT Windows, then “haha! Well done…”

  16. GNU/Linux is for Freedom and It'll Gain Many Users When (or Where) People Understand What Software (or Computing) Freedom Means

    Software that respects people's freedom (and by extension privacy as well) is an alluring proposition; those who choose to try GNU/Linux for the wrong reasons are likely the wrong target audience for advocates

  17. Amid Reports of Microsoft's Competition Crimes in Europe...

    European companies are complaining, but they seem to overlook the principal aspect of an imperialistic system with bottomless pockets (almost 30 trillion dollars in debt already; US national debt soared again last month); Microsoft is shielded by a political system with military (“defence”) as bailout budget to help cushion international expansion for data grab and technical leverage, as we've seen in the case of EPO (this is all political, not technical, and should thus be treated as a political/corruption issue)

  18. Is Linus Trolling the GNU/Linux Community?

    This new video responds to what many sites have been provoked into amplifying

  19. Links 27/11/2021: Tux Paint 0.9.27 and SeaMonkey 1.1.19 in EasyOS

    Links for the day

  20. [Meme] Keeping Our Distance From Microsoft

    The OSI is the dagger, the Linux Foundation is the knife, and many others are the sword by which Microsoft tries to get into the very heart of GNU/Linux and extinguish the Free software movement

  21. Microsoft Edge Encourages Indebted Americans to Guilt-spend Just in Time for Christmas

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission

  22. IRC Proceedings: Friday, November 26, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, November 26, 2021

  23. 38+ Years of GNU and 19+ Years of FSF Associate Membership

    “On November 25, 2002,” Wikipedia notes, “the FSF launched the FSF Associate Membership program for individuals.” As the above video points out, it all started almost 40 years ago.

  24. Gemini as a Platform for Gamers

    Contrary to what people often assume (or are led to assume), even without client-side scripting Gemini can accomplish a great deal; early adopters, many of whom are technical, test the limits of the very minimalistic (by design and intention) specification

  25. Improved Workflows: Achievement Unlocked

    Today we've completed a bunch of small projects that can make us more efficient (e.g. more Daily Links per day, more articles); the above video was recorded many hours ago to accompany the outline below

  26. Links 26/11/2021: New Complaint About Microsoft Competition Crimes in Europe, EuroLinux 8.5, GhostBSD 21.11.24, and Kiwi TCMS 10.5 Released

    Links for the day

  27. Links 26/11/2021: F35 Elections, Whonix, OSMC's November Refresh With Kodi 19.3

    Links for the day

  28. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, November 25, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, November 25, 2021

  29. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, November 24, 2021

  30. Links 25/11/2021: PHP 8.1.0 Released and Linux 5.15.5

    Links for the day

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts