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Re: Microsoft News

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Microsoft wins JEDI contract from the U.S. Dept. of Defense

https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-w ... of-defense
Amazon will certainly appeal this result, it was expected to win. But it would make a lot of sense to Microsoft to undercut Amazons bid... It could have even made an offer at cost or under cost, as it probably can't charge as low as Amazon.

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Post by thegrommit » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:39 am

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Workers at Microsoft Japan enjoyed an enviable perk this summer: working four days a week, enjoying a three-day weekend — and getting their normal, five-day paycheck. The result, the company says, was a productivity boost of 40%.
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Post by impar » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:55 am

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Productivity as ("work done" / "hours worked")?
So, before they did 100 worth of work in 40 hours per week = 2,5
Now, they did the same 100 worth of work in 36 hours per week = 2,78
A ~11% increase in productivity.

Then, the company changed the meetings. From the article:
The standard duration for a meeting was slashed from 60 minutes to 30 — an approach that was adopted for nearly half of all meetings. In a related cut, standard attendance at those sessions was capped at five employees.
In a blog post announcing the plan in July, Microsoft Japan said there was often no reason for meetings to run an hour, or to tie up multiple people from the same team.
Some meetings lasting half the time and having less participants. That may explain the remaining 29% increase of productivity (for the total of 40%).

Microsoft may increase productivity further by changing to three work days per week and limiting a employee to just one meeting per week. Or just abolishing all stupid unnecessary meetings. Meetings are just the biggest time wasters at work.
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Re: Microsoft News

Post by powerarmour » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:24 am

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Meetings are just the biggest time wasters at work.
Agreed, I did some work for Nestlé prior to my current role, and almost 50% of time was taken up with meetings, with maybe only 5% of those genuinely productive, the rest was just 'company culture' and communication for communications sake. =;
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Re: Microsoft News

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Microsoft may increase productivity further by changing to three work days per week and limiting a employee to just one meeting per week. Or just abolishing all stupid unnecessary meetings. Meetings are just the biggest time wasters at work.
Heh. That's very much down to the company culture. I've worked at a couple of clients where regular meetings aren't allowed to run for more than 30 minutes, and the host is encouraged to enforce staying on-topic. The occasional "all hands" were exceptions, but they were generally off-site excuses to eat and drink.
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Re: Microsoft News

Post by impar » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:07 am

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Microsoft is doing a better job developing for the web than for Windows
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With Microsoft, the theme of making apps for multiple platforms is even more pronounced. Just yesterday, it announced major updates to apps for Android, macOS, iOS, and the web. The biggest Windows-centric announcement actually turned out to be a retrenchment: the company has to keep supporting the legacy version of OneNote longer than planned.

But on those other platforms — those competing platforms — Microsoft is moving full steam ahead. It’s easy to pooh-pooh some of these updates: of course Microsoft needs to make Office on Android good, because it has chosen Android as its own mobile OS for the future. Of course it needs to make Outlook on the Mac good, because otherwise it would lose Mac users entirely to GSuite.
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Re: Microsoft News

Post by impar » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:28 am

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Bill Gates: Everyone would be using Windows Mobile instead of Android if not for the US antitrust investigation

Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates thinks that people would have been using Windows Mobile today instead of Android had it not been for the antitrust investigation from the US Justice Department that distracted him and the company.
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Bill Gates: Everyone would be using Windows Mobile instead of Android if not for the US antitrust investigation

Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates thinks that people would have been using Windows Mobile today instead of Android had it not been for the antitrust investigation from the US Justice Department that distracted him and the company.
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https://www.neowin.net/news/bill-gates- ... estigation
I read that as "the DOJ did a good job with the antitrust investigation, as we would have kept bludgeoning the competition to force our OS as the only OS alternative". He also seems to have forgotten that it was him that dismissed the internet and phone OSs at first and then made such a bad job that killed Nokia as a phone maker.
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Re: Microsoft News

Post by shadow » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:32 pm

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I read that as "the DOJ did a good job with the antitrust investigation, as we would have kept bludgeoning the competition to force our OS as the only OS alternative". He also seems to have forgotten that it was him that dismissed the internet and phone OSs at first and then made such a bad job that killed Nokia as a phone maker.
Windows Mobile was king long before Android was.

And he has a point. They probably would've done a much better job with it if the antitrust investigation hadn't happened.

But at this point, who even cares? It happened. Move on.
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Re: Microsoft News

Post by powerarmour » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:44 am

shadow wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:32 pm
Windows Mobile was king long before Android was.
And the reason Android killed it was because it was about 10x more usable, looked better, didn't require a stylus, and actually had proper apps (I owned a T-Mobile G1, it was great to use at the time). HTC's Touch Flow interface was pretty decent for WM 6.1, but it had issues.

Windows Mobile was king of a sand castle before bricks were invented.
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