Bill Gates is, in every way, a successful retired businessman – one of the most successful businessmen ever to have lived – by any traditional measure of wealth or impact on wealth. the world. For better or for worse, Windows is functionally powered by the majority of the consumer PC revolution, especially during the Internet-driven boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s. according to Gates, his biggest mistake was not to see the threat presented by Android and miss the mark when it came to ensure that Microsoft continues to dominate the phones in the same way he had dominated mobile .
In an interview with Global Village, VC, Gates revealed what has views like her greatest miss.
In the world of software, especially for platforms, these are winning markets for everyone. The biggest mistake of all time is therefore the mismanagement in which I committed that Microsoft did not look like Android. In other words, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. It was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It's really the winner who takes everything. If you have two times less applications or 90% of applications, you are about to finish. There is room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what is its value? $ 400 billion that would be transferred from G to M
On the one hand, he is not mistaken and this is not the only category of products that Microsoft has not managed to win. A few years ago, an article became viral for reporting that Bill Gates had correctly guessed 15 distinct predictions that would occur (or would have come close enough), and Microsoft has either a limited presence or no presence in any of the 15 markets . This is not necessarily a proof of failure, because in most cases, Microsoft has never even tried to penetrate the space. What says a lot, however, is the difference between seeing the potential of how the market will evolve and having a business plan to become the pivotal one that will dictate the course of this evolution . It should also be noted that Gates was not the CEO of Microsoft at that time, after his resignation in 2000. Steve Ballmer was running the company with Gates apart as the chief software architect.
Of course, Gates is not wrong Microsoft has undeniably missed the mobile revolution. His phone operating systems were years behind in the evening. I've often had the impression that Windows Mobile (which had enjoyed some success) had the success that the latest Windows Phone deserved, in what could be described as cosmic karma, but that could also be perceived as the vagaries of the market and human nature. What is interesting about this new period, in my opinion, is that it is simply impossible to claim that Microsoft and Intel have not made enormous efforts to succeed in the mobile market. Both did.
For Microsoft, this involved the entire push of the Surface device, the porting of Windows 8 to ARM, and a desired market for slates and tablets that did not materialize. For Intel, he focused on writing his own open source operating system (Moblin, MeeGo, Tizen) and inventing a new type of low-power processor to serve those markets. Intel and Microsoft had smart engineers who understood the need for new products to meet new markets. What they lacked was to understand what types of products would be successful. Intel's ideas for MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) included large keypads, small displays, and generally undesirable form factors. Microsoft's Windows Mobile devices at the time before Android were phones equipped with a keyboard, though, honestly, that's what everyone was building – BlackBerry did not build an empire based on the idea that everyone wanted touch screens.
It would be easy to stop the criticism and say that Microsoft lacked Android because it lacked the importance of touch screens. I think, however, that the current problem goes further. From what I understood, with Microsoft, particularly at that time, the question of the company was always to know "How does this fit into our current market of products?" Windows and Office? " perfect meaning for Microsoft to ask. But it is also an issue that tends to function as a form of lock-in. If you start thinking about a mobile product from the point of view "How do we provide Windows and Office features?" The UX and UI elements you will use come directly from the Windows / Office paradigms that people already know. . This is what Windows Mobile, based on Windows CE, has tried to offer. This is not an approach that fits well with what people actually have selected to use, though, and this is an idea that prompted Microsoft to think about how to use phones in a much more restrictive way than Apple or Android, which invented new user interface concepts to accompany their touch architectures.
The fact that Microsoft has adopted such a different visual design for Windows Phone 7 is proof that the company was able to think outside the box and create its own new and distinct visual language. The problem is that Microsoft did not start early enough. Steve Ballmer's reaction to the iPhone is one of the most infamous remarks in history. Asked about the device, Ballmer said USA Today: There is no chance that the iPhone gets a significant market share. No chance. "
But I can not mess up Ballmer for that. Because if I am really Honestly, I did not see it coming either. In 2007, I did not have a great opinion about the iPhone, but I honestly believed that tablets would not cannibalize the computer market in 2011. Like Ballmer, I thought that a physical keyboard was a critical factor for many people. . Like Ballmer, I was wrong. Although I get paid to watch technology trends and see what's coming up, I thought the PC market was mostly driven by people needing a keyboard. Why because I need a keyboard. To this day, the idea of doing all my writing on an iPad or equivalent gives me hives.
That's why I'm not sure Bill Gates can really claim that the value of what Android would become for Google is his error I guess it was the mistake of a very large number of people, most of whom were more directly responsible for Microsoft than him.
To really catch the wave, Microsoft should have started working much earlier than on a Windows Phone product, and it would have had to follow a radically different strategy. do not have focus on her two biggest cash cows. It is extremely rare for large companies to pivot that elegantly, let alone earlier, and we are well placed at the forefront: being a large successful business in a marketplace does not necessarily help you to succeed in another. If that were the case, Intel and Microsoft would be the owners of the mobile sector right now.
Top Image Credit: Bill Gates (photo by JP Yim / Getty Images)
Kano PC, a company apparently dedicated to building inexpensive computer blocks to familiarize children with hardware and coding, has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a Windows 10 laptop to assemble that kids can assemble themselves.
Historically, building a PC was a difficult undertaking. At the time when I was a kid, finding a village blacksmith who owned the proper molds to mold the PCB to mold a motherboard was challenging. Once you have enough copper wire from the Ogre pit, you need to shred a good Mountain Performance depth clock and sacrifice it to pass to the three gods of peripheral support: IRQ, DMA and I / O range .
If your prayers (and your questionable driver code) were accepted, a new one would be added to your delicate stack of magic and circuits. Otherwise, run the FranticRepair function, making an all-night effort to restore the family computer in the state it was in before Your parents went to sleep the night before.
* reads the incoming Slack message *
Very well JamieIt was not really remove that bad. But building laptops has always been really difficult. This type of simplified construction kit will not give you a high-end system, but a way to introduce children to the idea of building their own own system to carry around the house and inevitably break, it's a good idea.
The technical specifications on the Kano PC include:
The device will work under Windows 10 S – the locked variant that should not be a problem with a device like this – and comes with some Kano-specific included applications, such as How Computers Work, Create Artworks Art, Kano App, Paint 3D, Kano Projects and, not to touch, Microsoft teams. (Seriously, this is a feature of the software listed).
In kits, however, the idea of building a small laptop as a child's system is appealing. The $ 299 Kano PC will only be available in October, but if it is up to its appeal, it may be a day off for a child interested enough to start learning how to build them.
It is unclear whether this version of Windows 10 S can be converted back into a real version of the operating system as are other computers running 10 S. If that is the case, it should be act of an excellent little computer for the first hands. Variants based on Linux and RBP are also available (and Kano builds different kits designed for these spaces), so that users have options depending on which operating system you prefer. Of course, there would be nothing s & # 39; stopping Someone is trying to load Linux into this case (and I'm sure someone will try), but the value-added software included by Kano is probably supposed to be a reason to stay with the Microsoft loadout. .
Since Intel announced that its 10-nm process node would have been delayed once, questions arose as to exactly when the process would be introduced. Chipzilla is publicly committed to having 10nm hardware on the shelves by the 2019 holiday season. A new roadmap would unveil the earlier date, with limited quantities of 10nm chips available in the second quarter of this year, but it also suggests that 14 nm will be a big part of Intel's product roadmap until 2020 and 2021.
These new leaks are courtesy of Tweakers.net and are supposed to come from an internal Dell presentation. As always, rumors are rumors and must be taken with a grain of salt. One point in favor of these specific rumors, however, is that they correspond to the rumors we have heard on both sides of the 10 nm issue. Intel has repeatedly confirmed that it would introduce 10 nm in 2019. We have heard that these chips could appear as early as the second quarter in limited quantities, and that's what the roadmap also says. The age of these documents not being clearly defined, the projects of Intel could have been modified in the meantime. Both commercial and customer roadmaps are included, with a primary focus on notebook processors (desktop chips are also referenced as it is entry-level Xeons and D & # 39; 39, an Atom refresh).
We will first address the customer's roadmap:
Another point in favor of the accuracy of these roadmaps is that the referenced update of the 9th generation of Lake Coffee, as planned, has already taken place, with up to eight processor cores. This will be followed by a Lake Comet at the end of the year, with a maximum of 10 processor cores, still built in 14nm. Ice Lake will begin in Q2 in limited quantities, but will only support 2C and 4C configurations. Ice Lake also sees an action in the ultra-low power 5W segment, with a dual-core part. A 10nm quad-core chip in the 5W slot will not occur until the second quarter of 2020, with the launch of Tiger Lake. Tiger Lake is supposed to be based on Intel's Willow Cove processors (the sequel to Sunny Cove, which debuts with Ice Lake), but these chips do not arrive before a year and are limited to lower power bands.
Chips such as Intel's Lakefield – that is, the processor combined with a "big heart" and four Atom cores combined via Foveros – are expected to tilt in the second quarter of 2019. The products in which we will see Lakefield are unclear; Intel has previously reported having built this chip for a specific customer.
The business customer roadmap specifically refers to the Intel SIPP program, or Stable Image Platform. As a result, it is possible that this slide does not show every introduction or schedule for standard consumer parts.
Regarding the SIPP roadmap, no central unit in the field of workstations will be launched at 10 nm by 2021. There is no office processor at 10 nm on this roadmap. And if it's possible that this is due to the fact that this slide only refers to Intel's SIPP, there is another explanation: Intel's 10nm node is a limited product , with limited marketing. This conclusion is corroborated by the slides released by Intel from its original 10-nm data dump in 2017.
The slide show above is taken from our original cover of Intel's 10 nm disclosure and it's the last slide that's the most important. As we wrote at the time, this slide shows that Intel's core 10 nm process node does not offer better performance than the Intel 14 nm product family. +. It was not specified if this would still be the case when Intel finally launched the 10 nm. The company had enough time to refine its projections and design of original nodes so that its fundamental characteristics may be different from those originally projected.
These leaks in the roadmap suggest that, regardless of the differences between Intel's original plans for the 10-nm node and its current iteration, they do not translate into better high-power performance. Rumors have also circulated that Intel would pass the 10 nm and quickly target the 7 nm, which would allow the release of EUV as quickly as possible. Although we do not see 7 nm chips on these roadmaps, it is possible that Intel retains 14 nm up to 2021 to accelerate the transition from 14 nm to 7 nm without pause for 10 nm in most of its foundries.
Again, take the rumors with a grain of salt. But if these rumors are accurate and if AMD makes its own 7nm transition from this summer, Team Green could benefit from a much longer advantage in terms of process nodes compared to Intel, over more product families than planned.