Pixelated: Speed isn’t optional Microsoft

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I’ve been thinking over this post for a few months now, but Joshua Topolsky’s review of the Nokia Lumia 900 has reminded me that Microsoft has lost its speed. Especially with this quote:

In some ways, I feel like I’m reviewing a webOS device again (but with much, much nicer hardware). There are all these wonderful ideas at play, but it’s impossible to look past the nagging bugs and missing features.

Pick up the pace Microsoft. Wow us. Impress us. Or you might never catch up.

As a Palm Pre owner, I feel the pain. And as a Windows Phone owner, I see the similarities. But the problem is that webOS was, in its peak, run by a tiny company with little resources. Meanwhile, Microsoft, a massive company can’t keep up with the pack.

Pick up the pace Microsoft. Wow us. Impress us. Or you might never catch up.

And Microsoft seems to think that the problem with their company’s strategy is lack of awareness. That pumping money into ads will fix the problem. Sure, every company uses ads. But Microsoft seems to be pushing old products, instead of making new products. And then, in recent times, it has begun just attempting to slam competitors in online-ads, such as the recent Google attack ads. And these ads are filled with lies. All that makes me see is fear and a lack of confidence in their own services.

Microsoft should learn that no matter how many times I accidentally press the search button on my Windows Phone am I going to start using Bing. No matter how many times I see an ad for Windows Phone am I going to look past the lacking ecosystem and somewhat wasteful interface. And no matter how many times I get told that Windows 8 is the future am I going to forget that it just doesn’t work at all on a Desktop computer. Windows Phone can be improved. Bing can be updated. And Windows 8 is amazing on tablets. But the fixes to these problems are all distant dreams. And the fixes take too long, if you ask me.

Now, before you call me a troll, let it be known that I actually love Microsoft. I do. But there are some very dumb decisions from Microsoft that have lead me to write this post. I love Zune, which has sadly stayed the same for a long time. I tried to love Bing, but the design is old, ugly and the whole functionality of search doesn’t feel as fresh as Google. I love Windows 7. I love Xbox. But I haven’t loved any recent developments from Microsoft, because there are barely any. And new products are either already behind the competition or lack good thought. A brand name, not even one like Microsoft, will help them catch up.

And the big problem is that Microsoft hasn’t grasped the nature of technology today. Tech moves fast. Too fast, some may say. But that’s just what technology is now. And while the rest of the web and companies push small fixes and updates, as well as massive ones, Microsoft continues to treat the web and products like a box of software in a store. Bing truly hasn’t changed in a big way for too long. And “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” doesn’t apply. Bing is, by my standards, broken compared to Google. It has no positive differences, it’s uglier and it’s in some circumstances worse. Windows Phone is nice, but 3rd party apps suck and so do Microsoft’s current restrictions for hardware manufacturers. And Windows 8 is going to simply confuse Desktop users with its backwards UI (only on a Desktop, not tablet). Windows Live also hasn’t changed for ages.

And it just looks like Microsoft believes that, because they’re Microsoft and because they have money, then they can just get away with slow product cycles and boring, or broken, final products. Well they can’t.

This isn’t me hating Microsoft. I want cool new things. The Lumia 900 would be great without Microsoft’s restrictive screen-size, processor speed and lacking OS.

Pick up the pace Microsoft. Wow us. Impress us. Or you might never catch up.

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  • Joe_HTH

    This article is stupid. There have been more updates to Windows Phone than there have been to Android. Don’t believe that? Then look it up.

    “Bing truly hasn’t changed in a big way for too long. And “if it’s not
    broken, don’t fix it” doesn’t apply. Bing is, by my standards, broken
    compared to Google. It has no positive differences, it’s uglier and it’s
    in some circumstances worse. Windows Phone is nice, but 3rd party apps
    suck and so do Microsoft’s current restrictions for hardware
    manufacturers.”

    That statement alone proves that you’re a clueless fanboy. Bing uglier than Google? What the fuck are you smoking. There’s no accounting for taste, and you obviously have none. There have also been numerous updates. You might also want to clue yourself in dumbass, instead of parroting what you hear on the internet because you think it’s cool. Bing is slowly but surely gaining market share. Image and video search on Bing is far superior to Google. You wouldn’t know that because you’re ignorant.

    As for third party app, 99% of them suck on Android. But I don’t hear idiots like you whining about that.

    By the way, just because you may have a Windows Phone, doesn’t mean you don’t hate Microsoft. Most tech geeks have multiple phones from various OEM’s and operating systems.  You reek of Microsoft hatred. You also reek of complete and utter ignorance.

    • http://techgeek.com.au Terence Huynh

      Based on previous comments – please refrain from personally attacking people or calling them stupid.  People have the right to have their own opinions on OS and search engines, and I respect people for that even if I don’t agree with them. I don’t certainly call them idiots. It destroys your credibility for attacking people personally.

      But Chris does make some legitimate points (and so do many  other commentators). WP7 is trying to be like Android but stop fragmentation with restrictions on processors and screen sizes. It does stop some fragmentation, but doesn’t give competition to hardware OEMs because they all have to produce from the same spec sheet. Samsung wouldn’t become a brand we know now if Android had similar practices, because consumers won’t find a point of difference between each Android OEM.

      Basically, Microsoft needs to bite the bullet and let it fragment. Then Samsung, Nokia and HTC could at least compete with each other. Yes, Nokia is winning with design – but of course, it still has to follow the spec sheet.

      Also, on your claim that Android has less updates to WP7 – WP7 has had 9 updates recorded in comparison to Android’s nearly 30 updates (I’ve merged minor and major updates in this count). And yes, I did look it up – unless you want to provide evidence to counter this. This isn’t me being a fanboy for either side – and if you have listened to TECHGEEK Weekly, you would have known my stance on WP7 – but just a slight correction.

  • Grumpigeek

    Agree with the article.
    Nokia’s design the Lumia 900 is impressive but the substance of it – processor, small screen and the unscalable Windows Phone 7.5 is not.
    WP 7.5 feels like a 3 year old mobile OS already.
    Microsoft needs to release WP 8.0 soon and it better be vast improvement on WP 7.5.
    If they don’t, Windows Phone is history.
     

    • Joe_HTH

       LOL! What a stupid twat. I guarantee your sorry ass hasn’t even held a WP in your hand. You’re just another worthless fanboy on the internet who needs to be kicked in the face until you stop moving.

      • http://www.chrissouthcott.com/ cjschris

        Speaking of fanboys?

      • http://twitter.com/Grumpigeek Grumpigeek

        Troll.

  • bayotkabay

    You’re not yet impress? What a lame duck fanboi you are. It’s hard to impress somebody if his mind is already fixed to his beloved phone. Just stick to what you got because Windows phone is not for everbody. The reason I bought Lumia is because my iPhone broke after I accidentally dropped on the floor. So far I have no regret with the Lumia 900.

    • http://www.chrissouthcott.com/ cjschris

      So I’ll stick to my Windows Phone then? Because I own a Windows Phone. Seriously.
      I just feel that a company as big as Microsoft shouldn’t be moving as slowly as it is.