Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 21:44 UTC
Windows Jeff Atwood: "In the post PC era, Microsoft is betting the company on Windows 8, desperately trying to serve two masters with one operating system. The traditional mouse and keyboard desktop is no longer the default; it is still there, but slightly hidden from view, as the realm of computer nuts, power users, and geeks. For everyone else, the Metro UI puts an all new, highly visual touch and tablet friendly face on the old beige Wintel box. Will Microsoft succeed? I'm not sure yet. But based on what I've seen so far of Windows 8, its pricing, and the new Surface hardware - I'm cautiously optimistic." So am I. However, a lot - and I mean a lot as in 'everything' - will depend on the quality of the Metro applications. So far, the quality has been utterly abysmal, both for first and third party ones. Microsoft is promising Metro application goodness for RTM, but I'll believe it when I see it.
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They have plenty of money to bet
by reduz on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
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The question is, how much money is needed for people to care?

To make my point clearer. Microsoft is making a risky bet, almost bizarre. The reasoning is something like:

1) Even if most people refuses upgrade to Win8, People will get Win8 desktops with new computers.
2) A lot of computers will be sold (300 million next year according to MS).
3) Since Win8 for PC will have Metro, and since users will be able to purchase "extra appplications for it", this represents a huge market.
4) Developers will, then, run towards writing these kind of apps given the huge market means huge money, even if they are apps that will be run on regular PCs, not tablets.
5) Somehow, the apps written for PC will then be ported to run on tablets or (future) phones and microsoft will be able to beat Apple and Android.

Out of this reasoning, point 4 is bizarre. Will people really write apps for this platform? Most importantly, will PC users buy Applications meant for a tablet/phone UI? This is super weird.

Having hundreds of millions of users and throwing a market at them isn't a warranty of success, and an example of that is Chrome Store, or even Google Play (and the browser is definitely the most used app in the desktop).

Will be nice to see how it turns out..

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