Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Apr 2013 09:31 UTC
Windows "Many PC OEMs are dissatisfied with what Microsoft has done with Windows 8 and the way the company has handled the negative response to the operating system. Privately, one OEM source told me that Microsoft is 'destroying' the PC industry, while another claimed that Windows 8 has 'handed over millions of customers to Apple'. Other OEMs are making their displeasure known publicly. Both Lenovo and Samsung have released Start button replacements for Windows 8." Windows Phone isn't the only thing not catching on. I'm really happy with my Surface RT - warts and all - but there's no denying the response to Windows 8 has been Vista-esque bad.
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Memories of green phosphor terminals start coming back to my mind...

:) Except a 30 dollar stick now has enough processing power that you can push down a complete chunk of front-end functionality to run on it, avoiding the old constant back-n-forth between terminal and server, or even put full applications permanently on it, e.g. for tasks like word processing.

The old beige box with its CD drives, spinny disks, chunky PSU and board full of wasted slots is essentially obsolete tech where general business computing is concerned. The problem is that the software has yet to catch up with hardware advances. But as with traditional consumer computing, a lot of folks are using those boxes not because they're the best option but because they're the only option, so once better options do eventually arise then expect them to bail quite quickly too.

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