I'm going to think out loud a little about Microsoft and Windows, if you don't mind. Nothing political this time.
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Microsoft or Windows, because it traditionally hasn't been where I spend much of my time, but I've recently been stuck trying to get the most of the platform for work purposes.
I have this old Windows 10 Mobile phone sitting here collecting dust. It's an interesting thing, really. From an basic interface perspective, it is actually a generally positive experience to use it. It failed for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its lack of 3rd party apps, so using it can be a bit frustrating in that respect.
What I find most interesting, though, is how much its existence says about how Microsoft does business. Windows currently has a modestly featured Your Phone app that only lets you use Android or iPhone devices. The integration of both are kind of weak, by comparison to what they could accomplish with an in house mobile operating system. But that's just not going to happen.
I'm also not able to reuse this device for anything. It's heavily locked down (and since there are no new ones coming out, no one is engineering a way to install Android or UBPorts on it). So it just sits here. A device I got in good faith with hard earned cash that is just going to be relegated to being another digital carcass in my closet.
It reminds me of Microsoft Books, DRM-enforced obsolescence. And the Zune, and windows 8.1 -- which I believe they should have doubled down on. They almost tanked the Xbox on purpose, before hiring Phil Spencer.
Sometimes I think the best things they make are also their failures.
That's not entirely true, of course. Surface products, and Windows Ink are actually best-in-class, right now.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.