Parallel article in Inquirer, here.
Some interesting things in that article:
* The same 110 million devices' claim as for the beginning of October, made by theverge, Ed Bott and others.. is claimed here in the Inquirer (and other parallel articles, same interview).. by Korst. So either no one updated to Win10 during the ensuing 40+ days, or the initial 110 million devices claim was bogus/mistaken/something. Myerson's 10/29/15 blog says the same 110 million. But it's now November 12th.
* Given that numerical problem, one should be skeptical of the other claim by Korst, that 12 million BUSINESS CLASS PCs are running Win10, and that 50% of businesses are 'trialling' Windows 10 'at some level'. Yeah, one machine in an enterprise of 70,000 is a level.
Pravda was and is, a Soviet newspaper ("Truth"). During the days of the USSR, it was used as the government's mouthpiece. So if you were training in the CIA which is mostly a dull job of reading newspapers, money transits, etc., you learned how to read between the lines. Between the lines, Korst is using the biggest numbers he has to make his pitch.
So look: Dell Latitudes are business class machines, but you don't have to be a business owner, to own one. Each manufacturer has its own business class machine line. So are there only 12 million amongst even the Big Three, with Win10 installed, for sale? These have to be counted. And if only that small, then none outside the sales inventory? The number is vague and quite small. So whatever the other numbers are, they are smaller.
50% of businesses are 'trialling' Windows 10 at some level? Yeah, that's not meaningful. It's the job of IT to put a new OS in a test box when it comes out, the Enterprise License allows that, and it takes a long time to test, especially since Windows keeps reinventing itself now. (Reinvent is a Ballmer keyword Nadella admires, see the Mary Foley interview with him here.)
That tells you nothing about whether it's LIKED or USED or INTENDED for deployment. So that too, is the biggest number he has to make it all look rosy.
Which means, things are not rosy. Pravda.
Problem is, no announcements that actually are meaningful to business, are trumpeted. Instead, 'cool things' which no business needs. As if enterprise, were all twentysomethings who wouldn't have yet learned discernment. Actually, it's an insult even to the twentysomethings, as if they are supposed to be interested in 'cool things' like some non-IT guy working in the mailroom.
Oh, boy, an app store for business. So what? Only IT can shop there, and they don't need an 'app store' for that. The removal of telemetry is important. So too, the ability to completely deny updates when desired, in advance. But that isn't quite the offer. Even Enterprise can only DELAY the updates. So that's why, not rosy.
Hopefully this pravda=truth now exposed, will result in a course correction for MSFT, so it won't repeat the disaster of Win8. No one wants MSFT to fail. But they better start changing course. Now.
Edited by brainout, 13 November 2015 - 12:53 AM.