I’d say the end is nigh, but for Microsoft to be hiring a Wal-Mart exec to manage their (third? second?) retail store, the end is about 100 yeards back there some where.
I gotta say, Microsoft’s problems are many, and large, and it’s sad that they’re going down a path of copying Apple (poorly), rather than actually working to fix the problems. Dell and Gateway both thought (to their own detriment) that a retail store was the savior of their business. Now it seems Microsoft is doing the same.
PC makers, Microsoft, listen to us, we’re mac people. IT’S NOT THE STORE.
It’s the entire package.
It’s the OS that wasn’t a shitty re-write of System 7,8 or 9
It’s the hardware that isn’t plastic, that feels sturdy in your hand.
It’s the genius bar that will help my mom eject a DVD and help me troubleshoot a faulty Wireless card.
Throwing open a store front to sell Office 2009, Windows 7, and a bunch of lame keyboards and mice, NOT THE SOLUTION.
Oh and hiring someone from Wal-Mart? Really? Is that the image Microsoft wants? Low quality low price leader? Vlasic pickles in 2 gallon jars? Failed MP3 store?
Microsoft has officially jumped the shark I’m afraid.
Windows 7 looks nice, i’ll admit, I played with the beta a bit, but really, Microsoft needs to follow Apple’s lead. START OVER. Sure Apple didn’t start from scratch, Microsoft doesn’t have to either, buy some one else, some one with a better product (that would be anyone), make it Windows X or something.