Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:50 UTC
Windows "Microsoft today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store." I'm still not clear on what '12:01 AM local time' means, but if it means it goes on sale in every country on 12:01 AM, I'll be buying in a bit over an hour!
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kwan_e
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"What did the wheel fix that walking needed to be fixed badly?


Just feel like pointing out that that question actually does the opposite of what you intended: the wheel provided much faster and easier means for people to transport heavy loads as compared to walking and made entirely new avenues possible, and as such it was actually a hugely beneficial "fix."

What did Charles Babbage's analytical machine fix that the French automated looms needed fixing badly?


It didn't "fix" anything in the real world at the time, but the "fix" was that it proved that such analytical machines are not only possible but will be entirely viable in time, and therefore proved that it is an area worth researching. Ie. it "fixed" a mentality in scientific circles of the time.

I don't think either of those can really be compared to Metro. (Or Unity. Or GNOME 3. Or anything the likes.)
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The larger point people keep missing is that you're all mistaking a semantic game for an argument. By phrasing the question as Metro "fixing" something "broken" completely mischaracterizes why Microsoft thought they needed to go the Metro route.

The fact is, while walking didn't need to be fixed, it can be improved upon. Did the inventor of the wheel know the full extent of its power? No, but it was worth a try.

In much the same way, the original iPod interface was a bit of a gamble, and many people thought it wasn't a good idea not to have an unusual interface. Same with the Ribbon interface, which by and large is accepted without much complaint.

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