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Dear Steve Ballmer, I believe it's time to give up development of a mobile operating system. With all due respect to the multi-billion dollar empire you're entrusted with running, the simple truth is that Microsoft is quite bad at developing user interfaces that are friendly and intuitive. Windows 7 is an improvement, but you're far from being out of the woods. What's more, it appears that your guidance, Mr. Ballmer, might be making the problem worse, especially if the things you said recently about your instructions to Windows Phone developers were true.

During a presentation at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Spain last week, you were quoted as saying: "In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience." You did what? Why in the world would you tell developers to give people something other than what they want? Obviously people are buying devices from Apple, Google and others, because they're giving people what they want. So to give people "a different kind of mobile experience" from competitors would logically mean that your mission is to give people what they DO NOT want.

Change for change's sake is not progress; it's just change. Seamlessly integrating with Windows and Office applications is nice, but it's not unique to Microsoft and there are alternatives to Word and Excel that are equally useful. Works like Zune? That's not sweetening the deal. Links with XBox? ...

EddieC Posting Whiz in Training

If you're not yet among the percentage of the population people using Mozilla's Firefox browser, which by [url=http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp]one count[/url] stands at 47.5 percent, perhaps the anniversary of its launch will give you cause. Yesterday was Firefox's fifth birthday, and its market share with co-leader Internet Explorer by [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers]many counts[/url] continues to grow while Microsoft's continues to shrink.

First released on Nov. 9, 2004, Firefox is now used by more than 330 million people worldwide, [url=http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/ataglance.html]according to Mozilla.org[/url], which itself reports Firefox market share at 24.7 percent, according to October 2009 numbers from netapplications .com, which researches market share. In fact, the organization in [url=http://www.netapplications.com/newsarticle.aspx?nid=60]an Oct. 5 report[/url] cited that Firefox had increased its market share by four percent in a single month (September, 2009) based on [url=http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=3&qpcustom=Firefox+3.5&sample=2]a trend[/url] the firm began following with the June release of Firefox 3.5.

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GUIdancer 3.2, the latest version of flagship automated GUI testing tool from Bredex, now "officially" supports Windows 7 and Vista, and includes additional enhancements to its library of pre-built test actions. It began shipping on Nov. 3. Before you decide that US$5785 is too much to pay for an automated keyword testing tool (more if you're subject to Germany's voracious appropriation tax), take a look at these demos of the software in action. You can also try the software for two weeks for free. There are versions for Linux and Windows; a Mac OX S version is in beta.

According to the company, new actions in GUIdancer 3.2 improve support for testing GUI-embedded tables, context menus--such as those that pop up when something is right-clicked--and the tabbed panes common in Web applications. Also, UI elements can now be collected using mouse clicks whenever GUIdancer enters Object Mapping Mode, during which the tool detects and indicates objects that can be mapped (and automatically tested). It is also now possible to switch between databases while GUIdancer is running; the tool previously required a restart. Support for testing dynamic web-application components also has been added.

GUIdancer 3.2 now includes more than one hundred pre-defined test actions for testing Java or HTML applications simply by drag-and-drop. The approach requires no code and no knowledge of the coding or the inner workings of an application, the company says. "A variety of checks and synchronization actions are available alongside other flexible actions to automatically test applications ...


once you go mac, you won't wanna go back. trust your feelings. you know it to be true.