And they say Apple has a reality distortion field…?

Microsoft Development Director Craig Mundie in an interview with “Der Spiegel” (via BGR):

“We had a music player before the iPod,” he said. “We had a touch device before the iPad. And we were leading in the mobile phone space. So, it wasn’t for a lack of vision or technological foresight that we lost our leadership position. The problem was that we just didn’t give enough reinforcement to those products at the time that we were leading. Unfortunately, the company had some executional missteps, which occurred right at the time when Apple launched the iPhone. With that, we appeared to drop a generation behind.”

Eh… yeah, sure, Craig – that’s exactly what happened…

And people are complaining about fixed storage in iPhones…?

Only Microsoft could do that:

“This article provides information to help you understand how Windows Phone 7 devices use SD cards, the performance requirements of SD cards for Windows Phone 7 devices, and how your phone will behave if you remove the SD card or add a new one.

Some Windows Phone 7 devices include a Secure Digital (SD) card slot underneath the battery cover. If you buy a Windows Phone 7 device that includes an SD card slot, you should be aware of several important differences from other devices that use SD cards:

The SD card slot in your phone is intended to be used only by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) that built your phone and your Mobile Operator (MO). These partners can add an SD card to this slot to expand the amount of storage on your phone.
To help ensure a great user experience, Microsoft has performed exhaustive testing to determine which SD cards perform well with Windows Phone 7 devices. Microsoft has worked closely with OEMs and MOs to ensure that they only add these cards to Windows Phone 7 devices.
You should not remove the SD card in your phone or add a new one because your Windows Phone 7 device might not work properly. Existing data on the phone will be lost, and the SD card in your phone can’t be used in other Windows Phones, PCs, or other devices.”

From (and the madness goes on in that article…)

Windows Phone 7 – no copy&paste, no multitasking?? WTF??

Can anyone say deja vu?

Gizmodo says Windows Phone 7 won’t have multitasking to save battery life.

Engadget says Windows Phone 7 won’t have copy&paste.

OK, can I see some serious Microsoft bashing now, please? I mean, at least at the level that Apple was hit when the first iPhone didn’t have copy& paste? And Microsoft had quite some time to watch that happen and change, don’t you think?

It seems being a copycat is harder than we all thought…

Getting your classic menu back in Microsoft Office 2007

I recently bought Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student, which of course introduces Microsoft’s stupidest UI *ever*. As a natural reaction, my wife has been giving me hell for weeks “I want the old menu back!” (to Microsoft: fire your UI test lab, just put it on your home PCs and record the reaction of your spouses!).

I found several add-ins that claim to bring the old menu back, here’s one that’s free for non-commercial use:


Even though my screen shot is german, UBitMenu is available in many languages.

Now I only need someone to tell me how I can make this the only menu visible, so I don’t have to switch to it in order to see it. Surely there’s a way…?