What The Tech Ep. 201 – Microsoft Fan Paul 2-11-14

What The Tech Ep. 201 – Microsoft Fan Paul 2-11-14

Andrew addresses an article criticizing one of Paul Thurrott’s articles about Windows 8. Is Paul a flip flopper? New info leaks about the Windows Phone 8.1 update. Will it feel more like Windows 8? Asus plans to launch a $179 Chromebox. Will Chromebox catch on? Paul gives his thoughts on market viability for Chromebox. And rumors swirl regarding Verizon throttling Netflix data. Is there any truth to Verizon throttling Netflix?


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  1. andrew, 1st time live watcher, solid stream better than twit.
    windows chat would have been better with mary jo or
    if you had put more counter points to pauls defense of his article.
    eg as a 3xw8.1, 3xw7 user i “like” w8 but want upgrade/improvements.
    in fact continuous change is the way to go for windows similar to firefox.

    nb i think patrion works for start ups but ads are necessary for long term survival.
    nb 2 i applaud your help for tom/dtns

    regards alan, lancs, uk

  2. I’m not certain that my comments will make it on the board. But, respectfully, Paul commentary appears to take a strange an incoherent direction. I believe he does appreciate the value of Microsoft’s work, but his comments on the sales on win 8 is yet another example of where he seems to have lost his way. I will give several examples to illustrate my point. Paul has always been a critic of Microsoft, most of the time it was more constructive than not, however, I am noticing a consistent thread of criticism that is little more than misguided disconnected criticism. It appears to me that if given a set of objective facts about Microsoft, Paul will more often than not choose to interpret those facts in a critical way 90% of the time. This bothers me, because if my impressions are correct, then what lay at the end of this road is a blogger-enthusiast-journalist that will not get taken seriously and his work relegated to the category of “click bate blogging”, something that I would hate to see because I am a genuine fan of Paul’s work.

    Ok, so why do I believe Paul has lost his way. Take the sales figure of over 200 million licenses sold, the same yardstick win7 sales figures were measured by. The facts are the facts, win8 sales is relatively lower than win7, ok if you want you could say significantly lower, though I would argue that point. The problem in this case is that because Paul is incline to interpret most Microsoft facts, negatively, he missed the real news. Unlike win7 which was not significantly different than vista, and vista not profoundly different than xp in look and feel. Win8 was a sea change in look and feel, user experience, hardware requirement etc. Never in Microsoft’s history had it so dramatically change the user experience in the win os. This is necessarily a change that has to transition over several iterations. Given all of that, win8 has managed in just under 16 months to sale more copies than all of the iPad sales since the inception of the ipad. More people use win8 than all versions of the mac os combined. Win8 is the third most popular os on none phone devices. The failure of Microsoft was protecting its success too long, now that it has to shake up the apple cart, it had no choice but to leverage all of its assets to move its operating system and services to mobile—that was the right move. Win 8 is not a failure! There was no scenario where Microsoft was going to move into mobile and in 15 months have the same success that it had with its desktop operating system. For Microsoft it was move to mobile or die, when you are faced with that stark reality you have to harness all your assets to get it done, which necessarily means you are going to disenfranchise some of your base to make that happen. I just hope Microsoft balances the kind of criticism of people like Paul against the long term view of what it needs to do to be a player in mobile. Because they waited too long in the interest of protecting their success, now they will have to put some of that success at risk in order to be a significant player in mobile –that is exactly what I see them doing, and the realistic success they are having is just that–realistic. There is plenty of room for Paul to share constructive criticism here, but in his passion to just criticize, he has missed a real opportunity to offer constructive criticism and instructive information to his readers.

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