Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Microsoft: The Agony Continues

August is generally a very slow tech news month. But that doesn't stop Microsoft from making all sorts of bad news.  You don't need to read all the links below, just take in the headlines and ask yourself, would I base my business on products from this company?

Please note, the list isn't exhaustive, it is just the articles of important news I've collected about Microsoft over the last couple of weeks. I know of no part of Microsoft's business where they did not experience embarrassment - truly amazing for part of August. There really wasn't much in the way of good news.

Tablet featured by Microsoft at BUILD 2013 has to have a price cut.
Acer Cuts Price of Its Windows 8-Based Iconia W3 Tablet - X-bit labs

Acer will cut back its Windows presence.
Acer to focus on Android and Chromebooks | T3

Nothing makes your largest, most loyal (well, locked-in) customers happy like a 28% price increase.
Microsoft ups price on Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter by 28 percent | ZDNet

Microsoft, having already annoyed gamers with Xbox One's large price, will also charge $60 a year or most new features won't work.
So, Is Microsoft Trying to Kill the Xbox One? | TechNewsWorld

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 is almost entirely dependent on Nokia.
(For details see: Nokia May Die, Taking Windows Phone 8 With It)
Nokia Lumia 1020 Sales Analysis: Is the Lumia 1020 already a flop? | BGR

3 reasons why Microsoft is crazy to keep comparing the Surface RT to the iPad | TabTimes

After his "phenomenal" success with Surface, Ballmer doubles down.
Microsoft may expand hardware lineup, as Ballmer pushes 'family of devices' - Computerworld

Class-action suit filed against Microsoft over Surface RT | ZDNet

Windows isn't dying, it's just becoming irrelevant | ZDNet

This next had Windows fans asking why October? (The answer: "buggy".)
My question is, why should I believe it won't still be "buggy" in October?
Windows 8.1 to be made available in October | The Verge

Almost finished' build of Windows 8.1 still a mess - InfoWorld

Microsoft just can’t win on Windows 8 whatever 8.1 update brings -

Windows 8.1 fall release won't save Microsoft - CBS News

Sorry, Robert Scoble, The Least Of Microsoft's Problems Is Its "Cool Factor" – ReadWrite

Lenovo is heavily into Android.
World's largest PC vendor sells more phones, tablets than PCs (Lenovo) - Liliputing

Developers Keep Hating On Microsoft's Revamped MSDN – ReadWrite

Zune Marketplace Begins the Long, Slow Goodbye - SuperSite for Windows

Microsoft says it’s providing Office 365 performance stats, without actually doing it - GigaOM

Windows 8 users are averaging only 2.5 app downloads from the Windows Store | CITEworld was down for 3 days. Remember this is the company that wants large enterprises to use their cloud services! Oh, it happened back in March as well.
Google Goes Down For Minutes, Microsoft's Outage Lasts For Days - Business Insider

This next is from the Investor's Business Daily's technical writer. Plenty of places have called for Ballmer to leave, but when a major writer for the IBD starts saying it explicitly like this, you have to wonder if it might not happen soon.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer needs to make a graceful exit -

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