Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:22 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows You can say what you will about Windows Phone and Windows 8's Metro interface (I refuse to drop that name) - it's inefficient, unpopular, cumbersome, beautiful, ugly, organised, clean, limiting - but there's one thing we can all agree on: it's unique and distinctive. CNet has published a profile of Microsoft's Albert Shum, the man behind Metro, and he highlights what I think is at the very core of Microsoft's problems in mobile right now.
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by porcel on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:43 UTC
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You may like metro, but the vast majority of the people that I have observed with a Windows tablet or phone find it cumbersome and less intuitive than Apple´s iOS or Android.

I have seen this in retail stores and at major channel distributors where retail outlets get their stuff and test it beforehand. The subjective experience of millions is what is condemning the Windows mobile platform, despite the huge amount of marketing money that a company as huge as Microsoft has put into it.

All in all, I think the cat´s out of the bag and people have finally seen that there is a world of computing to be had away from Microsoft´s wares and they are not looking back.

Interestingly, this is making many users more willing to try new things in the desktop as well. Once fear is gone and people begin to realize that other operating systems do exist and can get the job done, people begin to get curious.

We opened a small line of business transitioning people to floss operating systems and applications three years ago and have moved over 3000 business and home customers to linux without doing much advertising at all. Word of mouth is enough to get people in the door.

So, yeah, the cat´s out of the bag.

Edited 2013-04-14 18:45 UTC

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