The Sams Report EP 60: Painting A Surface

Posted on October 14, 2016 by Brad Sams in Podcasts, The Sams Report with 3 Comments

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The Sams Report is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the world of Microsoft. With the company transforming the way it operates and Nadella putting his own touch on all aspects of the organization, the Sams Report breaks down the news and offers insight from insider sources.

Another busy week in the world of Microsoft and on this episode of The Sams Report, I cover the new paint app, Microsoft’s upcoming Surface event, saying goodbye to a Band that never was and a lot more.

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    ponsaelius Alpha Member #1328 - 1 month ago

    One question I always have here in the UK is whether Microsoft's "US Only" strategy is a deliberate snub to countries that are not the USA or whether it is about ignorance of the global market. 

    When Nadella closed down Windowsphone in July 2015 and Microsoft became not focussed on Windowsphone just 3 months before launching the Lumia 950/950XL the UK sales were 11% of the market (Source: Kantar). Similar double digits had been happening in other markets. Microsoft has successfully driven down those numbers since it bought Nokia and brought them to USA sales levels.

    When they closed down Zune as a service the media outside the USA were astonished. Most ran articles saying "who knew Microsoft had a music service"? Of course since Groove is the world's most secret entertainment product that is advertised nowhere. Zune itself was US Only - of course!

    Consumers in the UK can visit Apple Stores. The Covent Garden store in London is positively designer in it's scope. 

    Microsoft is the enterprise, business and cloud company. It makes money there. 

    Microsoft is a half-hearted company when it comes to two things - consumers and anyone outside the USA. There are first class Microsoft customers who live in the USA and second class customers who are in the rest of the world. 

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    chriswong13 Alpha Member #869 - 1 month ago

    Don't necessarily agree that Band wasn't something that fit into MS' overall vision.  There are so many things that MS does that don't all seem to fit into a cohesive vision entirely.  When they started hosting Linux in Azure, releasing apps for Android and iOS, or released Hololens, could anyone say that's what something MS would/should be doing?  MS/Apple/Google are all so big, they can do just about anything nowadays and people will not be all that surprised...

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    parishdth Alpha Member #1408 - 1 month ago

    The Band doesn't run Windows 10, but then again, neither does the iPhone or Android devices that Microsoft is happy to make apps for!