[FoRK] Quarters needed for Apple to put Microsoft out of our misery?

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Jan 30 12:23:43 PST 2015

Correction: I have considered IBM Bluemix, SoftLayer, etc.  No major faults with those efforts, other than being wary of future 
lockin which they are specifically signalling won't be a problem.

Those cloud-based offerings are the right way to proceed.  IBM, with Java, did reasonably well in the past to get to this point, 
although they did the same app server SOAP power grab that Microsoft pursued.

Oracle, by not completely squelching MySQL, and supporting Java reasonably well isn't completely off base either.

Microsoft, with Windows 10, just wants us to love it.  I'll love it if I can install it for someone in a couple minutes with about 
the same effort as Ubuntu and never have to reinstall or do much to it ever again.  Updates should be automatic and very rarely 
require a reboot.  That's par for OS X and Linux on desktop or servers.  This also includes not needing any security products.



On 1/30/15 10:58 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> Microsoft + IBM is 97% in what sense?
> I'm not contemplating using any IBM, Microsoft, or Oracle products or development components now or in the future. [1]
> Yet I couldn't get away from Google, Amazon, or Apple if I tried. Little or none of their services rely on IBM, Microsoft, or Oracle.
> IBM's market cap of $155B is less than half of Microsoft's.
> Apple could pay cash for IBM now.
> sdw
> [1] I occasionally bring up Office because of documents sent to me.  I might build a desktop app on Windows after developing in OS 
> X or Linux.  And of course I would test on Windows as needed.
> On 1/30/15 10:38 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>> If failing means succeeding 97% more than the rest of the world's tech companies, sure.
>> Greg
>> On 1/30/2015 10:27 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>>> So they can both fail faster?
>>> On 1/30/15 10:24 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>>>> IBM should buy Microsoft.
>>>> On 1/30/2015 9:47 AM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>>>>> But Stephen REALLY HATES Microsoft.
>>>>> I'm content to just hate IBM.
>>>>> On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Bill Kearney <wkearney99 at hotmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> Take off the rose colored glasses. Apple doesn't listen, markets to
>>>>>> pretend you're supposed to like their idea of misery and actively
>>>>>> censors
>>>>>> anyone posting otherwise in their forums.
>>>>>> MS, for all it's warts, does not.

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