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    Former Employee Says That Microsoft Is No Longer Cool...


    Microsoft is going through a major reorganization process supposed to help the company focus more on devices and services, but despite all these efforts, the tech giant has lost its cool factor.

    That’s what former Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble said in an interview with Fairfax Media, explaining that the Redmond-based company needed to do the same things as Google and Apple.

    If his name doesn’t ring any bells to you, Scoble is a former technology evangelist at Microsoft who decided to leave the company in June 2006 to become the vice president of Podtech.net.

    "Since I've left [Microsoft], what have they done that's interesting? Microsoft [Xbox] Kinect is the only thing I can think of and for a company that has 90,000 employees, to have only one product that you can point to that's innovative, that's pretty disappointing I think,” he said according to The Age.

    "Compare that to Google, which is showing you self-driving cars, Google Glass and a phone that you can talk to, the Moto X, and on and on — automatic picture improvements on Google+ — It's a much more innovative company that is driving the future harder and faster."
    Former Employee Says That Microsoft Is No Longer Cool, Blames Steve Ballmer

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    This guy doesn't think a full screen, non windowed, Box based interface for desktop computers is innovative? No credibility here....
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    Just another when I was working for. . .but not now. . .
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    Microsoft is attempting to be innovative with Win 8 and 8.1, but it has turned into a major failure. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, they should have just improved upon what they already had. Win 7 was an enormous success that should have been built upon instead of being totally redesigned with phones and tablets as the inspiration.
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    Speaking as another former softie from the 90's he is spot on. There was a time when innovation was the number one priority of the company, long before the stock price was ever biggest news. Innovation doesn't always mean you are the first to the party, just the best. Unfortunately, as of late Microsoft seems to be late, and showing up wearing plaid shorts, a striped shirt, and has a 400 lb. girlfriend for a date.
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    Microsoft became uncool when their software started eating up my cpu cycles with dancing freaking paper clips.

    I about fell out of my chair when I read "a phone you can talk to". No duh, it's a phone.

    -jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBill View Post
    Unfortunately, as of late Microsoft seems to be late, and showing up wearing plaid shorts, a striped shirt, and has a 400 lb. girlfriend for a date.
    There was no reason to bring Kate Upton into this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Microsoft is attempting to be innovative with Win 8 and 8.1, but it has turned into a major failure. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, they should have just improved upon what they already had. Win 7 was an enormous success that should have been built upon instead of being totally redesigned with phones and tablets as the inspiration.
    I see this statement in a great deal of threads posted throughout the internet, albeit it appears that when asked what improvement can be made to both the system and the GUI no one seems to have a definitive answer. . .just wondering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Microsoft is attempting to be innovative with Win 8 and 8.1, but it has turned into a major failure. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, they should have just improved upon what they already had. Win 7 was an enormous success that should have been built upon instead of being totally redesigned with phones and tablets as the inspiration.
    I see this statement in a great deal of threads posted throughout the internet, albeit it appears that when asked what improvement can be made to both the system and the GUI no one seems to have a definitive answer. . .just wondering.
    It's a desktop users fail to have a touch interface. So, they blame the os that they can't use with touch. Simple.
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    I don't recall Microsoft ever having a persona of cool. If it did, it lost it in the Vista era with Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads.
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