We have more than one explosion – we have multiple points of scorching heat that are fuelling a blazing fire around us.
Apple disrupted the market by redefining the smartphone and attracting developers to a closed, but very powerful ecosystem.
They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.
The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience.
Android came in at the high-end, they are now winning the mid-range, and quickly they are going downstream to phones under €100. Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core.
But there’s still the low-end of the market … except.. oh, gotta love this choice quote:
At the lower-end price range, Chinese OEMs are cranking out a device much faster than, as one Nokia employee said only partially in jest, “the time that it takes us to polish a PowerPoint presentation.”
Hm, perhaps the Chinese don’t have PowerPoint? (Hey, there’s a reason why I suggested the US Should Donate PowerPoint to the Taliban)
So yes, it’s a brutally honest memo from a new CEO – but not sure it holds the “most exciting ever” title.
Here’s another gem from Elop’s former boss: a CEO who is not a hired gun, but Founder, large shareholder, industry icon, Bigger then God. Yet he can’ get his troops aligned, and as a user is frustrated at the crap his Monster of a company is turning out. Yes, I am talking about (then) Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
Excerpts from his 2003 internal letter:
—- Original Message —-
From: Bill Gates
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:05 AM
To: Jim Allchin
Cc: Chris Jones (WINDOWS); Bharat Shah (NT); Joe Peterson; Will Poole; Brian Valentine; Anoop Gupta (RESEARCH)
Subject: Windows Usability Systematic degradation flame
I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going backwards and the program management groups don’t drive usability issues.
Let me give you my experience from yesterday.
I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack … so I went to Microsoft.com.
This site is so slow it is unusable.
Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.
So after more than an hour of craziness and making my programs list garbage and being scared and seeing that Microsoft.com is a terrible website I haven’t run Moviemaker and I haven’t got the plus package.
The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind. I thought we had reached a low with Windows Network places or the messages I get when I try to use 802.11
Windows User Gates spilling out all his frustration with a useless, unfriendly system. I tried to selectively quote from his email, but it’s impossible. This email is a goldmine, you have to read it in its entirety, courtesy of Todd Bishop.
Then tell me which email is more shocking. Or bring me a better one
(P.S. Thanks to Zemanta I’ve just found myself in Zombie Diary. Ouch.)
(Cross-posted @ CloudAve)