Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 15:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Windows By all early reports, Windows 8 is going to be a good operating system. Microsoft's hegemony may be crumbling in a mobile computing onslaught, but its core empire remains undimmed. However, whereas Windows 7 had three versions, Windows 8 will apparently be ballooning to 9 versions.
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RE: Dun' matter.
by arpan on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 01:07 UTC in reply to "Dun' matter."
arpan
Member since:
2006-07-30

And that is the problem. Almost everybody gets a computer with Home Premium, and they have no idea that there is any other version of Windows.

And then later they see a friend using a Mac and see all the cool features they are missing, and instead of upgrading to a higher specced version, they decide that next time they will get a Mac.

Basically, creating so many versions, and crippling the versions that a lot of people use, is damaging to the Windows Brand.

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RE[2]: Dun' matter.
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 01:08 in reply to "RE: Dun' matter."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Which cool features?

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RE[3]: Dun' matter.
by malxau on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 13:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Dun' matter."
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

Which cool features?


No doubt everyone could make their own list, but:
1. Single user Terminal Services (OS X includes VNC based screen sharing);
2. Previous Versions (OS X includes Time Machine);
3. Full disk encryption (OS X includes FileVault);
(etc)

There's lots of them, but the UI is the worst part. It's not present but disabled, it doesn't give informative messages saying it's not available in a given addition. It's just silently not there. The user is left wondering _how_ to change Starter Edition wallpaper, and it's not clear at all that a different edition would allow/expose this differently.

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RE[3]: Dun' matter.
by arpan on Sun 4th Mar 2012 15:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Dun' matter."
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Oh, I don't know, useless stuff like automated backups?

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RE[2]: Dun' matter.
by daedalus on Mon 5th Mar 2012 08:37 in reply to "RE: Dun' matter."
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

I seriously can't see anyone going and buying a Mac for a feature they could get by upgrading Windows. Have you any examples of such a feature? Terminal services was mentioned as an example - how many people do you really think wouldn't know about different versions of Windows, and yet would see a similar feature on a Mac and think "Wow! This is what I need!"?

Anyone I know who doesn't know of different Windows versions is also hard pushed to understand the difference between a limited user and a root user - if they do switch to a Mac, it would be because it's shiny and silvery (and probably faster than their crapware-infested Windows system), not because of some technical feature they don't understand and never heard of...

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