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[4]: Post PC era? Really?!?
by Nelson on Thu 12th Jul 2012 08:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Post PC era? Really?!?"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

I think it is concern trolling. Microsoft could remove desktop applications from Windows 9, or they could decide to become a tire company. No one knows, and its silly to knock Windows 8 for an imagined future that hasn't manifested itself yet.

The very definition of a concern troll.

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RE[5]: Post PC era? Really?!?
by Dr.Mabuse on Thu 12th Jul 2012 08:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Post PC era? Really?!?"
Dr.Mabuse Member since:
2009-05-19

I think it is concern trolling. Microsoft could remove desktop applications from Windows 9, or they could decide to become a tire company. No one knows, and its silly to knock Windows 8 for an imagined future that hasn't manifested itself yet.

The very definition of a concern troll.


Yes, because there is a equal likely hood of Microsoft becoming a tire company, compared to removing, crippling or otherwise monetizing features that Windows now has for free and which many people depend on.

Calling it "concern trolling" does not delegitimize this argument. It's just a nasty ad hominem attack.

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RE[6]: Post PC era? Really?!?
by Nelson on Thu 12th Jul 2012 08:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Post PC era? Really?!?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I think placing an upper limit on speculation of that kind is arbitrary. Why is what you say within bounds but not what I say? Conversely would it be just as right to say they'll do the exact opposite and leave desktop apps in tact?

I believe that while Windows 8 will start the transition to depreciate Desktop apps,it won't be done for a few release cycles. Its hard to imagine Microsoft one day just breaking backwards compatibility.

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