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Happy New Year: A Wish List for 2013

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A Wish List for 2013

Happy New Year! Many of our GBM readers are already celebrating the arrival of 2013 while the clock ticks down on 2012 here in the states. Each new year brings hope of things new, or different, or changed, but if you’ve lived long enough, you know that much will stay the same whether that’s good or bad. Here’s hoping we gets lots of new beginnings in 2013. I know I could certainly use a few myself after a crazy year. Here’s some things I’d like to see in the coming year. Don’t look at this post for predictions. I already made those here. Instead think of this as a wish list of things I’d like to see and some things I hope I don’t see. Feel free to add your own in comments.

Things I’d Like to See in 2013

  • father.timeI’d like to see Google finally take control off the update cycles for Android. Tell the carriers to shove it. The current system is an outrage and the folks at Google should be ashamed. I know the carriers aren’t. But then they have no shame.
  • I’d like to see all companies slow down their update and new feature cycles until they get what they currently are selling working properly. Best example, GMail. Used by millions, its turning into Outlook, which is what it promised to take us away from.
  • I’d like to see Twitter collapse under its own weight or rather under the weighty ideas of its brain trust who don’t seem to be able to figure out a business model that doesn’t screw over its users, and doesn’t recognize that they have one of the worst team of App builders on the planet.
  • I’d like to see Microsoft make some changes to its marketing machine. Lop off some heads. Find some new directions. What a waste of money and what a waste in general.
  • I’d like to see Apple get over itself when it comes to the patent game. That entire fracas has done nothing but hurt innovation. I know big bucks are at stake, but seriously folks, do we really need to innovate by litigation?
  • I’d like to see carriers be forced to live up to their own advertising and marketing. These guys make political advertising folk look like angels.
  • I’d like to see Google change the game when it comes to Tablets. Add some sort of incentive for developers to create Apps designed for Tablets.
  • I’d like to see Apple realize that it doesn’t understand the cloud or iCloud and actually hire some folks who do. If you want me in your silo, you better at least build a silo that makes sense.
  • I’d like to see Apple realize that folks actually want to store and access their photos in its iCloud and not just in some quasi-endless Photo Stream.
  • I’d like to see the Surface Pro bring about a resurgence of Ink-Enabled computing.
  • I’d like to see every blog or publication that publishes “XX Company is working on the new version of XX” include “This is Not News” in the headline.
  • I’d like to see Apple address Sharing across Apps in the way that Google or some iOS Apps do. It’s way past time for this to happen.
  • I’d like to see the media giants acknowledge that all the money they spend on anti-piracy efforts could be better spent making their content accessible online in ways that don’t force users to pirate the stuff in the first place.
  • I’d like to see advertisers recognize that their pop over ads, which have always been an annoyance, are absolute turn offs to whatever product they are advertising when they appear on a Tablet screen.
  • I’d like to see the folks who program video to run automatically when we open a web site remember that we went through this trend a few year’s ago, ended the obnoxiousness, and that all they do when the start a pre-roll add on launching a website is piss us off.
  • I’d like to see Facebook recognize that it is now an adult company and quit changing things around like a precocious child.
  • I’d like to see Amazon keep doing what it is doing with Tablets. It’s placing real pressure on the area that counts the most, price.
  • I’d like to see some company create an online business that gives each of us a single sign-on that is accepted globally across all platforms. We’d pay for the service yearly. This would cut down on so much hassle that it would be worth whatever the price was.
  • I’d like to see the media and blogs force CEOs to unbox any new product, live, and on video. This would be the end of stupid, wasteful, and dangerous packing.
  • Following that unboxing, I’d like to see the CEOs have to set up their new device live and on video.
  • I’d like to see the media and bloggers refuse to cover any new device, service, or gadget that a company isn’t ready to put in their hands on announcing it.
  • And as always, here’s hoping for whirled peas. :)

 

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

5 Comments

  1. Maverick

    12/31/2012 at 1:31 pm

    Interesting points, Warner.

    Of those, I aminterested most in your one about the Surface Pro and ink-computing. If MS doesn’t get this right with the S/Pro, another maker will.

    Happy New Year to you, yours and the other readers.

    • ChrisRS

      12/31/2012 at 9:33 pm

      It pretty much needs to be Micrsoft to get this tight.

      If you go to the Microsoft Store online, it is nearly impossible to tell which tablets have active digitizers

      MS is so determined to make Win 8 and Touch a success for all users, especially “content consumers,” that they are afraid to confuse the “unwashed massses” with the distinction of active digitizers and pen.

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    12/31/2012 at 1:40 pm

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