Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jan 2014 10:06 UTC

Paul Thurrott on the next version of Windows and the future of the platform.

In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn't have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8 - just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista - there's no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.

With even Paul Thurrott claiming Windows is in trouble, it becomes virtually impossible to deny it is so.

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RE[6]: Aggregation
by sbenitezb on Mon 13th Jan 2014 14:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Aggregation"
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Maybe you should open your eyes. There's been plenty of interesting stuff happening all around us, what with Oculus VR, wearable computing, NLS speech recognition, holographic interfaces and so on.

Holographic interfaces are interesting. Wearable computing is crap very little people will use. Speech recognition is nothing new; it has improved in the last 20 years but not that much that makes it useful. And even if it was useful, people won't go by talking to their phone and hope it understands correctly all they say. It may work for english (a simplistic language) half the time.

About Oculus VR, you might think it's some new idea, but is as old as more than 10 years and never took off. I've see reality glasses before (and even a FPS game), but if that's what you think is interesting, you have very low standards.

I'd say you just lack imagination. Mobile computing could be exceedingly powerful in the future with better speech recognition, visual object identification, mixed virtual/real-world interfaces, even neural input --

I think you have too much imagination if you think all that augmented reality crap is going to make people use it and love it. 3D TVs are a flop, there you might have some interesting facts about what people like. We already have proper 3D in real life. We don't need a replacement. Or you think most played games are all 3D with fancy graphics and hardware? Think again, Candy Crash and stupid farm games are what people like. People like simple, and 2D works fine for most of us. 3D gadgets are nothing new or interesting anymore.

And who knows, maybe one day mobile devices can just be popped in a dock and have them transform into desktop computing platforms, blurring the distinction altogether?

This already happened. Nothing new and didn't work. Maybe it is not time yet.

You know what they say about opinions and assholes...

Yeah, tell me something I don't know and surprise me. You write opinions too.

Edited 2014-01-13 14:52 UTC

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