Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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RE: Unaddressed
by l3v1 on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:22 UTC in reply to "Unaddressed"
l3v1
Member since:
2005-07-06

and any serious use of the OS over and above passive consumption


While that seems to be the case at this point, I doubt thay'd want to do that, that would be suicide. The consumer-only user base is pretty large, that's true, but surviving only on them - without the enterprise market and the associated developer base - doesn't sound very realistic. If they'd drop everything and go fully for a consumer-centric OS, that could be the largest win imaginable for iOS and Android (and for Ubuntu on the desktop as well).

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RE[2]: Unaddressed
by Nelson on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:46 in reply to "RE: Unaddressed"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Just like Vista was going to herald the beginning of the end of Microsoft..dream on.

If Microsoft can break their dependency on slow moving businesses, then that's a proposition which would likely look very attractive to them. The key isn't to see where things are now, but where things are going.

Mobile growth is exploding, the form factors people use are changing, and the use cases around the devices are changing.

Microsoft makes 30% off of any paid app in the app store, that's up from 0% currently under Windows 7. The money is obviously in their consumer market.

Doesn't open up any opportunity for Linux particularly, because they have their own shit they need to get together, plus there's always Windows 7.

At least until Windows 9 comes, Microsoft has more breathing room, and is able to refine what is Windows 8 to fit businesses a little more naturally. By then I speculate that WinRT will be mature enough to fully replace Win32.

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RE[3]: Unaddressed
by adkilla on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Unaddressed"
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

Just like Vista was going to herald the beginning of the end of Microsoft..dream on.


Vista did not shove a new restrictive usability paradigm down on users. The negative reaction to Vista was due to performance, compatibility and under the hood changes. Windows 8 is a totally different kettle of fish.

At least until Windows 9 comes, Microsoft has more breathing room, and is able to refine what is Windows 8 to fit businesses a little more naturally. By then I speculate that WinRT will be mature enough to fully replace Win32.


You mean like how .Net has replaced Win32?

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RE[3]: Unaddressed
by hoak on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Unaddressed"
hoak Member since:
2007-12-17

Nelson you need to learn to do a little market research as to where Microsoft makes it's bread and butter, always has, and where it never has... The 'Mobile Market' is an abject fad of consumption toys for idiots that don't really know how to use computers for productive work...

That's well and fine and it may make money, but the people that actually make those toys and the toy software for them need an OS with a multi-tasking interface to make them for you -- not to mention the people that dispatch the ambulance for the Cretins that can't play with their passive consumption toys and walk or drive at the same time...

Edited 2012-06-04 08:52 UTC

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