Speaking of blues… “Schumpeter” of The Economist has this to say about Microsoft and Windows 8:
This is why Windows 8’s poor performance matters. It was an attempt to solve the innovator’s dilemma by creating an operating system and a user interface for both PCs and mobiles. Mr Ballmer hoped that consumers would want to move effortlessly from PCs to tablets to smartphones—and that Microsoft would be able to invade the mobile markets while simultaneously reigniting demand for its core PC products. But so far the reverse has happened: Microsoft has reinforced suspicions that it does not understand hand-held devices while simultaneously alienating its core PC users. It is possible that Microsoft will be able to solve this problem with future iterations of Windows 8. But it is looking likely that the two types of device need different operating systems. Microsoft’s biggest rival, Apple, has kept the two devices separate. That bodes ill for Mr Ballmer’s strategy. The comparison with New Coke actually understates Microsoft’s problem. Nothing forced Coca-Cola to introduce New Coke: tongues and throats do not change much. And all the firm had to do to rectify its error was to bring back the old version. Technology firms, in contrast, must innovate to survive. Restoring the start button will not restore Microsoft to its former glory.
It’s not that Microsoft isn’t trying to innovate, it’s that the type of innovation they chose to move forward with was ill-conceived. And this may well end up hastening their long-term woes. It’s the proverbial “rock and hard place”. It’s a textbook example of why innovators have dilemmas.
“The screen does, in fact, take your eyes off the road, which is absolutely dangerous. Anything that takes your eyes off the road is dangerous, though. This includes your friend in the passenger seat and especially your smartphone.
Does this mean Glass should be banned from the road? I don’t think so, because the alternative —- looking down to check your phone or send a text — is far more dangerous. You don’t have to look away from the road to send a text from Glass — everything is done via voice dictation. The same is true of phone calls, emails, and even Google searches.”
Ben makes for an interesting point, and I bet this will be where the majority of this product will be exploited. Problem is, Google will have to be strict with what type of apps they let work the the driving experience, so it doesn’t create a situation which makes you loose concentration.
Coolest Esquire cover ever? I think so. Awesome Giedo!
It all makes a lot of sense. Looking at the Steam Box news these last couple of months, I feel more inclined to buy one of them instead of a new Playstation or Xbox.
If Microsoft could buy Valve and turn the Xbox into a Steam Box and implement all of their R&D into it, it would be one of the most successful mergers of all time.