Microsoft, MC Hammer and mobiles – its old news and new news!

I want no connection drawn between the legend that is MC Hammer and the “company” that is Microsoft, there’s old news and surprising news to be had in the world of tech today!

First up  – MC Hammer, the singer who was so popular during my “youth” has made a rather unexpected comeback, not in the guise of a revival tour, not a new album but as a search engine.  You heard it right, MC Hammer is to launch his own search engine in probably a piece of tech news that nobody could ever have predicted.

It is reported that Microsoft’s rather unpopular Windows Phone 7 costs more to make than the iPhone 4s, disproving the theory that “You get what you pay for”.  It’s no secret that Microsoft is allegedly making more money from Android “licenses” than it is from WP7 and it doesn’t seem like Mango has stirred any excitement – the one “fruit” product in the Tech world that’s truly gone rotten?

Ballmer has attempted to cheapen Android in the last few days:

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said today that “You don’t have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but you do to use an Android phone”. He also stated that he just can’t get excited about an Android phone. Ouch.

But then again, this is Ballmer and remember what he had to say about the iPhone:

There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.

When Ballmer finally gets the boot from Microsoft, I think its safe to say he won’t be turning up as a fortune-teller at your local fairground.

In related news though Microsoft has been up to its old tricks, this time with a company from China called Compal:

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, said in a statement.

I bet Microsoft are pleased, yet again making money off others successes.

Tim (Goblin)

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7 thoughts on “Microsoft, MC Hammer and mobiles – its old news and new news!

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  1. I think at this point Ballmer doesn’t care. As long as they have WP7 they can’t be labeled patent trolls and as long as there’s an Android “license” Microsoft can make a buck.

    I think the problem is not so much Microsoft settling for scraps from the table (they are trying to stay afloat) I think the problem here is patents.

    I think the downfall of Microsoft will come with patent reform, its already shown its quite happy to make money off others work and that will continue until there is change.

    Microsoft now exists like a parasite. I can’t see its fortunes generally being reversed with Windows 8 either.

  2. You are right , my friend. The bright future belongs to Google. Of course, M$ has enough inertia to keep afloat. There should be a disruptive force that could drive M$ to shambles. But so far, I don’t recognize none.

  3. Hi Tim,

    What’s interesting about all of these so-called patent deals is that there’s absolutely no way to know what these signed contracts actually stipulate. Maybe the companies who pay are only paying a little, with MS paying them a larger chunk in return for the ability to say whatever they want to the press.

    Maybe these deals were really, primarily, for non-Android patents, or maybe even not patent related at all. But Microsoft, in all their generousity tossed in a bonus of Android patent protection and a fist full of cash for a “No-one-can-talk-about-it-but-Microsoft” agreement.

    I watched this interview last week with Vic Gundotra and Sergey Brin, their response to Steve Ballmer’s comments about Android phones were amusing. They seem content to let Ballmer continue to conduct the demise of Microsoft.

    The truth is that Microsoft is irrelavant and has been for a long time. The only things they have going for them is money and their good-ol’-boys network of “friends” who need to be paid to stay friendly. Personally, I get a kick out of seeing them spending all that money. They are trying to secure a future that exists only in their dreams. By the time they figure that out, the world will have passed them by, for good…and their “friends” will be taking money from someone else.

    Personally, I think Steve Ballmer is the best thing that ever happened to Microsoft. I hope they keep him in charge to the bitter end. Seriously. It’s only right that he should go down with the ship.

    JC Car (came here from G+ – I should try to spend more time on Diaspora)

    1. Hi there! Firstly completely agree with your summary and agree about Ballmer being there to the bitter end however I get the feeling that the Microsoft stupidity will not transfer to the share holders all that well.

      You should spend more time on Diaspora, whilst G+ gets a copy of whatever I post there, I spend my time with Diaspora and love it to bits!

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