Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 18:06 UTC
Windows Both Mozilla and Google have expressed concern over Windows 8. Microsoft's next big operating system release restricts access to certain APIs and technologies browsers need - only making them available to Internet Explorer. Looking at the facts, it would seem Mozilla and Google have a solid case - coincidentally, the responses on the web are proof of the slippery slope we're on regarding ownership over our own machines.
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RE: Comment by Luminair
by WorknMan on Fri 11th May 2012 05:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

windows rt is pathetic and nearly irrelevant. can we inject some reality into microsoft's competitiveness in this space?

windows mobile is going nowhere fast even though microsoft has been working on mobile phone software about as long as anyone. netbooks are dead. no tablet is successful except ipad. no single phone is as successful as iphone. android is on over 50% of all phones.

windows rt devices are a year away, and it would take years of fast growth for them to BECOME relevant. there is no indication that they will grow that quickly.

so: we are 5+ years away from this becoming more than a curious niche for electronics reviewers and unlucky, uninformed consumers.


I was going to post something similar to this, but you beat me to it. Sure, MS has a monopoly on the desktop, but Metro is not a desktop OS - it is a toy environment for tech tards, and is unlikely to be taken seriously by any professionals or power users. It'll probably work ok on tablets though, but it will also be competing with iPads and Android in that space.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by l3v1 on Fri 11th May 2012 06:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2005-07-06

You forget that it seems that - and it does seem so for a long time now - MS and Apple are going towards the iOS concept on all devices and PCs. Them becoming more relevant is not a matter of "if", but "when", since these directions are not devised - never were - to suit the low number of professionals and devs, but the vast numbers of users who couldn't care less about accesibility of all APIs, capability of writing native apps for devices (not webapp toy crap), freedom in installing and distribution of apps, etc., Also "unlikely to be taken seriously by any professionals or power users" doesn't mean it won't turn out to be the winner. Need to remember, companies are there to turn profit, not to make your life easier (especially if you're in the minority of buyer numbers), and they are just really special occasions when the two happen to serve the same goal.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by WorknMan on Sat 12th May 2012 00:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Also "unlikely to be taken seriously by any professionals or power users" doesn't mean it won't turn out to be the winner.


Who cares? If there's 500 million tech tards out there using a locked down, idiot-proof OS on a desktop, it is of little consequence to me. Hell, they'll probably be better off anyway... less shit for them to break, and saves on phone calls to people who provide them tech support.

There's still a market (even if it's smaller than the other) for those of us who need to get real work done. If MS or Apple won't cater to this market, somebody else will. You ain't gonna be running Adobe CS or Visual Studio on Windows RT ;)

So I don't care how locked down or dumb it is, because I'll never use it on a desktop anyway. I might use it on a tablet (assuming it ends up with better apps than Android or iOS), because to me, tablets are more like appliances, and I'm not as picky in that space.

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