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    Re: Microsoft buys Skype.. $8.5 big ones!

    Let's see how Kinect merges this with their XBox network and Kinect. Should be pretty awesome. They are pretty much raping Sony anyway.

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    Microsoft and the word better are not synonymous.
    I have to completely disagree, i can name many things now. There is no doubt their OS's have their faults, but they still remain the most commercial and mainstream computer digital mediums out their. The technology in Windows and the way it delivers it's experience is quiet simply one of the best models on the market. Linux requires a fairly tech savy mind to maintain and utilize fully (although the new Ubuntu - wow!) and Apple just hasn't appealed to commercial developers as much for numerous reasons.

    Also, the introduction of .NET programming languages and the Visual Studio IDE has in my opinion revolutionized the way we program, DirectX is unrivalled in its ability to deliver powerful gaming experiences and the XBox has (and this hurts to say for a PS fan boy like me) outrun Sony. I can only assume the coming generation of XBox will be even better.

    Also their Office suits are unmatched in the way you can create stunning documents, databases and spreadsheets, even if you compare it with free alternatives like Open Office.

    But Windows Phone will never compete fully with open source alternatives like the Android although it has the potential to beat iOS, Bing is a disaster and so was Vista and IE just looks pretty, the bonnet remains unchanged.
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    The Xbox Live chat just got a whole lot better.
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    Re: Microsoft buys Skype.. $8.5 big ones!

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Let's see how Kinect merges this with their XBox network and Kinect. Should be pretty awesome. They are pretty much raping Sony anyway.
    Well to be fair, Sony had "help" in getting raped with its security problems. Playstation is a great machine and a great piece of software and so on. But the hacker attack has paralysed the whole network, including PC users.. sniff miss my Everquest wahhhhh. Hope they can get it online again soon.

    XBox has one huge flaw, and that there is no blu-ray in it , where as Playstation does have blu-ray but is not as "cool" as Xbox heh.. I dont own either but when the next gen comes out, then we shall see... I would love and Xbox with Kinect, but no BLU-RAY!!!.. pisses me off. But I suspect Kinect for windows will be just as good so waiting for that... I want to motion swipe my web browsing and gaming hihihi.

    I have to completely disagree, i can name many things now. There is no doubt their OS's have their faults, but they still remain the most commercial and mainstream computer digital mediums out their. The technology in Windows and the way it delivers it's experience is quiet simply one of the best models on the market.
    Qui, Yes, Si, Da, Aye, you betcha and so on.

    Linux requires a fairly tech savy mind to maintain and utilize fully (although the new Ubuntu - wow!)
    Yea! The new Ubuntu is great, but I cant for some reason get it to work with my dual screens.. booooooooo.. deal breaker here. I get the same desktop on both, and not one continuous one like in Windows 7. But it does find my wifi printer which is good.

    and Apple just hasn't appealed to commercial developers as much for numerous reasons.
    Or users Expensive hardware/software combo that has limited commerical software and next to no games plus a company that has a crappy service record. But it looks nice!

    But Windows Phone will never compete fully with open source alternatives like the Android although it has the potential to beat iOS
    We shall see. Windows Phone 7 is still relatively new and who knows how open Microsoft will be now that they partnered with Nokia. But yes, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 main target has to be Apple, and unless Apple gets its act together and upgrades its outdated old iOS then it can be in trouble. Microsoft on the other hand needs to fix Windows Phone 7's main problems.. it wont be a serious contender before that. I have played with a Windows Phone 7 phone and damn it is cool.. love the live widgets, xbox access and all that jazz.

    Bing is a disaster
    Not really. Bing is different and in many ways better than Google search. But people are use to Google now hehe so.

    and so was Vista
    Vista was Microsoft's attempt to "Applefy" their OS on the security level if you ask me. For years we had heard that Windows Xp was so unsecure and only Apple or Linux were secure bla bla .. so Microsoft took that up and welcome to Vista.. problem was that to make it as secure as other OSs, then they needed to emulate them as well.. so the user experience went down because of the way the Windows universe is. In Apple everything is controlled and approved.. you cant install anything that has not been past Apple.. at least install legally. In linux for the "normal user" you get your programs from pre-approved sources so the security issues are already determined. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has very little (relatively) control over 3rd party programs so they all come in under the category "unsecure" and need administrative privileges or permission to install/run... and that hurts the user experience.

    But then Windows 7 came.... thank god. Similar security but much more user friendly.

    and IE just looks pretty, the bonnet remains unchanged.
    Actually they have changed much.. problem is.. they are trying too much. The good thing about Firefox and especially Google Chrome.. they are simple, easy and feel "light". IE, Safari, Opera and so on.. all feel like 3 ton elephants. But the new IE is fast.. very fast, just annoying in certain aspects for my taste.. Google Chrome ftw.... Google just has to fix the Shockwave Flash bug to make it perfect.
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    Re: Microsoft buys Skype.. $8.5 big ones!

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Well to be fair, Sony had "help" in getting raped with its security problems. Playstation is a great machine and a great piece of software and so on. But the hacker attack has paralysed the whole network, including PC users.. sniff miss my Everquest wahhhhh. Hope they can get it online again soon.
    I hope so too Pete. Fact is the PlayStation has a lot more built in potential to surpass the XBox, but the PS3 has been plagued with Sony's errors since it's launch and that has had a significant impact on them. That's the tragedy of it all.

    XBox has one huge flaw, and that there is no blu-ray in it , where as Playstation does have blu-ray but is not as "cool" as Xbox heh.. I dont own either but when the next gen comes out, then we shall see... I would love and Xbox with Kinect, but no BLU-RAY!!!.. pisses me off. But I suspect Kinect for windows will be just as good so waiting for that... I want to motion swipe my web browsing and gaming hihihi.
    Yes that would be awesome, Minority Report style UI swishing. I'm going to be such a show off when i get my hands on that. This does bring me back to my point though, the next XBox will only get better and you can be sure to see Blu-Ray, it's why Sony has to get its act together and fast. I'm also dying to hear what the next Nintendo console will be like but they are being very secretive about it. We may be surprised.

    Yea! The new Ubuntu is great, but I cant for some reason get it to work with my dual screens.. booooooooo.. deal breaker here. I get the same desktop on both, and not one continuous one like in Windows 7. But it does find my wifi printer which is good.
    Do you have NVidia?

    We shall see. Windows Phone 7 is still relatively new and who knows how open Microsoft will be now that they partnered with Nokia. But yes, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 main target has to be Apple, and unless Apple gets its act together and upgrades its outdated old iOS then it can be in trouble. Microsoft on the other hand needs to fix Windows Phone 7's main problems.. it wont be a serious contender before that. I have played with a Windows Phone 7 phone and damn it is cool.. love the live widgets, xbox access and all that jazz.
    I love it too, but closed source is Microsoft's weakness and its where Google gains. Apple rules its App Store with an iron first and for a company that is known to make cool interfaces, the iOS lacks. If Microsoft can utilize the new trigate chips that Intel has made and deliver the full DirectX experience (and open up a little!) then Apple is in for a wooping.

    By the way you gotta check out Windows 8!

    Vista was Microsoft's attempt to "Applefy" their OS on the security level if you ask me. For years we had heard that Windows Xp was so unsecure and only Apple or Linux were secure bla bla .. so Microsoft took that up and welcome to Vista.. problem was that to make it as secure as other OSs, then they needed to emulate them as well.. so the user experience went down because of the way the Windows universe is. In Apple everything is controlled and approved.. you cant install anything that has not been past Apple.. at least install legally. In linux for the "normal user" you get your programs from pre-approved sources so the security issues are already determined. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has very little (relatively) control over 3rd party programs so they all come in under the category "unsecure" and need administrative privileges or permission to install/run... and that hurts the user experience.
    I think keeping the platform open to developers is important and that's exactly what Windows does best. In Linux the repo sources work well and it's a mix between being able to download Linux installation files directly off the web (.deb files so on) and being able to add Repository sources to your app store and have easy access to software, but the process still needs to be refined because this is mind boggling for many people. Ubuntu is proving to be a major competitor though and the need to use the terminal has reduced and this is good news for your non-tech savvy's.

    Another problem with Linux is porting and developing software. The IDE's available out there are finding it hard to compete with Visual Studio and other Windows platforms and Mono is the only real competitor, and the methods to build a user interface or a simple setup application are needlessly complicated and that affects user experience (asking users to compile their own applications or telling them to add a repo source every time they download software is annoying and some people just cant do it).

    Also Linux is pretty useless to you if you are a .NET or Silverlight programmer although Mono will likely address these issues soon, but i would like to see more native Windows languages on Linux.

    Actually they have changed much.. problem is.. they are trying too much. The good thing about Firefox and especially Google Chrome.. they are simple, easy and feel "light". IE, Safari, Opera and so on.. all feel like 3 ton elephants. But the new IE is fast.. very fast, just annoying in certain aspects for my taste.. Google Chrome ftw.... Google just has to fix the Shockwave Flash bug to make it perfect.
    I admit that my observation was unfair in the way of IE. To put it better, it looks aesthetically lighter but i still experience performance issues with it and it sucks so much how closely Windows is tied to it.
    Last edited by kaya'08; 05-11-11 at 05:24 PM.
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