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Microsoft’s Developer Mentality Deficit Disorder?


As I was reading this article (one of many that have passed before my eyes) two themes penetrated through my indifference toward everything Microsoft: developer mentality and fair-well to Nokia.

Microsoft’s strength has always been, in my opinion, in the medium-large-organizational-domain-thingy. When I was there I too was reliant on Microsoft. A natural consequence amongst both Microsoft developer tools AND developers is a tendency towards creating things that cater to the needs of that domain.  This usually means development that lean towards an overly developed engineering-mentality. Be it technical robustness required to meet rigorous business standards, structural information-oriented requirements often associated with business applications, organizational-engineering approaches which are often the motivators for many development projects, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that Microsoft developers are engineering-mentality-heavy. They are not naturally geared toward more dynamic, design-centric development and iterative, hacking mentality that drives the revolutionary domain of mobile/social/connectivity. They are used to working in controlled environments. They are less practiced in experimental flow through unknown turbulence. This wasn’t mentioned in the article, but I believe it is an underlying force that is going to be a serious obstacle for a new Microsoft ecosystem.

Though I am a minimal consumer of mobile technologies I, until now, was a fan of Nokia. I believed they had technical and user-experience superiority. I realize that is a belief and an outdated one at that. I also realize that their superiority has been superseded by technological development and iStuff mentality of recent years.  However their choice to go with Microsoft is the last nail in their coffin … in my world. My world has improved so much since removing Microsoft from it … that I would fiercely object to bringing anything of their making back into it. This, it seems, is going to include Nokia phones.

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