Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 21:44 UTC
Windows Jeff Atwood: "In the post PC era, Microsoft is betting the company on Windows 8, desperately trying to serve two masters with one operating system. The traditional mouse and keyboard desktop is no longer the default; it is still there, but slightly hidden from view, as the realm of computer nuts, power users, and geeks. For everyone else, the Metro UI puts an all new, highly visual touch and tablet friendly face on the old beige Wintel box. Will Microsoft succeed? I'm not sure yet. But based on what I've seen so far of Windows 8, its pricing, and the new Surface hardware - I'm cautiously optimistic." So am I. However, a lot - and I mean a lot as in 'everything' - will depend on the quality of the Metro applications. So far, the quality has been utterly abysmal, both for first and third party ones. Microsoft is promising Metro application goodness for RTM, but I'll believe it when I see it.
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RE[2]: Comment by andih
by moondevil on Wed 11th Jul 2012 08:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by andih"
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"I hope MS die, or at least suffer huge damages, and that linux and open/freeBSD takes over most of the market.

Well thats just dreaming I guess,..

Indeed, that's just a pipedream, Linux simply ain't good enough yet. And I am starting to doubt it ever will be, either, simply because there's so many different small groups pulling things in different directions and no coherent long-time plan whatsoever. Not to mention missing drivers and/or features; both of my laptops and my desktop would lose a few handfuls of hardware-features were I to transition to Linux, for example.

I've come to realize that Linux has the same fragmentation issues that made companies run away from commercial UNIX systems to Windows NT, before Linux was good enough to be used in the enterprise.

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