I was chatting with someone tonight about Microsoft and I brought up the steam Apple has gained in the past 5 years, especially with the iPhone. He was an older gentleman in the software business and basically dismissed my concerns about this; I’m just starting my career and feel it is important to pick a path, a technology flavor, I’ve bet on MSFT so it is utmost importance that they succeed.
There is no doubt Microsoft “runs” businesses, and they continue to do great things but like one interviewer for Channel 9 put it: “Microsoft was/is primarily an software engineering company not a…”, sorry I can’t remember his analogy but it was something along the lines of a “consumer” or maybe “user experience” company. Surely Microsoft sells to them but at it’s nucleus Microsoft has hard core engineering people working for them which great for a lot of software development but not all. Most talented software writers struggle to see the system from an end user’s perspective. I understand it (at least I think), the problems they solve are extremely complex, so deep then can’t climb out of the hole. In my opinion this is one of the keys for Apples re-emergence, the other being the cost of hardware has dropped and crossed the apex of too expensive for the average Joe.
Apple does consumer stuff well, as they should, their product is more expensive, I like to equate them to a Porsche, a nice car but you obviously pay more for it. But when it comes to MP3 players and smart phones the story changes a little. The difference in the price for mid – high grade “open market” products compared to Apple is negligible or the same. When I bout an iPod (80GB v5 I believe) about 1.5 years ago, a Zune was right around the same price.
I started this post because I’m soooo frustrated with the iPhone’s lack of MMS. So frustrated! Overall the iPhone is a rock and by far the best currently in the market when measured by it’s functionality and stability (Blackberry maybe stable but it’s a souped up phone in my opinion). Some how Apple doesn’t really see this as a big problem, and yes I know the 3.0 OS was suppose to fix but AT&T still hasn’t rolled it out.
For years camera phones promised up the sharing of photos but was still a pipe dream in my opinion, sure it kinda worked but the quality was low, problem sharing with friends between networks, people without MMS, the only time it worked as desired was on a AT&T commercial that aired around 2003/4 (maybe, whatever the date it was a long time ago). Part of the commercial was a husband and wife communicating over picture messages, the images were clear and sending/receiving was quick.