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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by Moredhas on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:25 UTC
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I'm optimistic about Windows 8, too. I mean, I expect a Vista style debacle where for about two years on, there will be calls for Windows 7 rollbacks (though whether or not Microsoft will bend to that is another story), but I think, if Microsoft can make it remotely usable with a keyboard and mouse, there may be some promise for Metro yet.

Throwing an app store at the problem is no guarantee of success, though, and users of Windows are probably well entrenched in the traditional way of getting programs. Googling for them, installing three fake ones full of malware, and then giving up. (Source: I work in a computer store, and the number of computers I have to "fix" after someone has tried to convert media files is astounding)

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