Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft Nightmares Are Starting To Take Hold

Steve Ballmer's Microsoft Nightmares Are Starting To Take HoldAlmost one year ago today, we laid out the nightmare scenario for Microsoft (MSFT) that could lead to its business collapsing. After laying it all out, we concluded, “Fortunately for Microsoft, none of this is going to happen.” We were wrong. Microsoft’s nightmare scenario is actually starting to take hold.

The iPad eats the consumer PC market.

In the third quarter of 2012, PC sales were down 8 percent on a year-over-year basis worldwide. A big chunk of the decline can be attributed to the rise of the iPad. Throw in Apple’s 4.9 million Macs, and it’s the top computer maker by a mile.

Windows 8 fails to stop the iPad.

Gulp. It’s still early, but every most data points say Windows 8 is not going to make a dent in the iPad. In Microsoft’s defense, it says it sold 40 million licenses, which it says is out pacing Windows 7. There’s a chance analysts are wrong.

Loyal developers start to leave the Microsoft platform.

So far, the early signs are actually positive for Microsoft. It has over 20,000 apps in its Windows app store. Windows 8 is only a month old. At the same time, Microsoft doesn’t have a Facebook app for the Surface, and one of the biggest complaints from reviewers was the lack of good apps for Windows 8.

Windows Phone gets no traction despite the Nokia deal and RIM’s collapse.

Despite everything Microsoft has tried in mobile for the last two years, consumers aren’t buying it. And the latest phone from Nokia is thick and heavy compared to phones from Apple and Samsung. We don’t expect it to be a blockbuster.

Microsoft suffers a huge quarterly loss. Ballmer retires to play golf.

Let’s not kid ourselves — it’s going to take a sudden, unexpected disaster at Microsoft to get Ballmer out of the company. In 2012, Microsoft had its first ever quarterly loss as a public company because it had to write down the $6.2 billion acquisition of aQuantive.

Given the latest happenings, do you think Microsoft can still pull through? Team Microsoft or Team Apple?

Source: Yahoo Finance

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Top 5 User Complaints About iPhone 5

Apple’s iPhone 5 broke records over the weekend, selling more than 5 million units. After a few days of putting the new smartphone through its paces, here are five gripes people have with the iPhone 5.

1. Scratches

Apple prides itself on making products that aren’t just functional but beautiful as well. But users are reporting that after having their iPhone 5s for only days, or even hours, the sheen on the sleek, aluminum phone is getting scratched up.

2. Lightning dock connector

Many longtime Apple users are irked at the company’s decision to use a smaller connector port, called Lightning, on the iPhone 5 and new iPods. With one fell swoop, that meant both a need for new power cords and that the new products won’t connect with older speaker systems, alarm clocks and other accessories. The fix? A $29 adapter (which costs $39 if you want a new cable with it). And even then, the adapter doesn’t support video or the “iPod out” function for transmitting some data from the devices.

3. The phone’s too light

One of Apple’s selling points for the new phone is that it’s the lightest smartphone ever. To some users, a phone without the usual heft feels suspiciously cheap, toylike.

4. Screen issues

One YouTube video shows what appear to be weird bubbles showing up on one part of the display screen when the user touches another. Threads on the Macrumors site also were filling up with people who said their screens started flickering just hours after getting their new phone.

5. Leaking light

Phones aren’t supposed to leak. But users on multiple forums are reporting that light from the screen appears to be showing through gaps around the iPhone 5’s antenna and power button. Users said Apple has been offering replacements.

Have you got your hands on the new iPhone 5 already? Feel free to share with us your own smartphone gripes!

Source: CNN

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