Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 22:36 UTC
Windows Now that Windows 8 has gone gold, Microsoft can move on to other things. With Windows 8, the most important of these is probably to make sure people know how to actually use it. Metro is filled to the brim with hard-to-discover features, but Microsoft has a plan. Will it be enough?
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RE[2]: Bleh... not enough.
by ze_jerkface on Sat 4th Aug 2012 02:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Bleh... not enough."
ze_jerkface
Member since:
2012-06-22

I think a lot of the grumbling around Windows 8 is because we've been getting half of the story. This fall the hardware will rise to match the software.

All in ones will be touch enabled, mice will be touch sensitive and laptop track pads will be optimized for Windows 8.


This is THE DUMBEST BUSINESS PLAN I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS.

Microsoft makes billions from selling upgrades to an established product and they have designed a UI around hardware that 99% of their install base doesn't own. Even worse is that they are pissing off their install base by artificially forcing a UI that the majority doesn't want.

I'm gonna go start a vegan restaurant in a part of Texas that is 99% meat eating. If anyone grumbles it's only because they want to eat meat. You want to buy stock in this company?

Goodbye Sinofsky, Goodbye Ballmer. Good riddance you two jackasses

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RE[3]: Bleh... not enough.
by Nelson on Sat 4th Aug 2012 02:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Bleh... not enough."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Will you shut up already, you annoying little troll. You stopped being rational about 80 mentions of Sinofsky ago.

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RE[4]: Bleh... not enough.
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 4th Aug 2012 03:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Bleh... not enough."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Well, he's got a point, and his analogy is not too far off...

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RE[4]: Bleh... not enough.
by ze_jerkface on Sat 4th Aug 2012 19:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Bleh... not enough."
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Are you going to run defense on mainstream news sites when this thing bombs? Are you going to defend Sinofsky and Ballmer when shareholders demand their heads?

Ballmer has already been named worst CEO by Forbes. But I'm sure Forbes is irrational as well. Everyone is irrational except for Ballmer, Sinofsky and Windows fanboys.

You should look in the mirror and ask if being an unpaid prostitute is really what you want in life.

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RE[3]: Bleh... not enough.
by Nelson on Sat 4th Aug 2012 02:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Bleh... not enough."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Also, most Windows sales are on new PCs, not existing ones. There is a regular churn as people upgrade their entire hardware and not just the OS it came with.

Of course, don't let me get in the way of armchair CEO ze_jerk face

One startling prerequisite for being a smartass know it all is actually, you know, having some insight.

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RE[4]: Bleh... not enough.
by ze_jerkface on Sat 4th Aug 2012 19:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Bleh... not enough."
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Oh I'm sorry, I forget about all the OEMs lining up to build Windows tablets. I'm sure they also secretly have a gamut of laptops with touchscreens. They're just keeping them hidden.

But don't worry, I'm sure their $600 surface tablet will sell like hotcakes in this economy. More expensive than the iPad with less than 5% of the game selection.

Everything Microsoft makes is totally awesome and will sell like crazy. Hang on while I take a call on my Kin while listening to my brown Zune.

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RE[3]: Bleh... not enough.
by bassbeast on Sat 4th Aug 2012 03:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Bleh... not enough."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Actually last numbers i could find had it between 4%-6% but that included POS and kiosks so I'd guesstimate around 2.5%, still dumb as hell. I just wish i could find the link again (it might be WinSupersite) where a Win 8 apologist did a review and was "Now we'll show how great Win 8 works with older hardware! Here we have this touch enabled Athlon laptop and see how great it runs?" and i of course LOLed since even when THEY try to sell Win 8 couldn't do it without touch!

In the end though we ALL know what it is, okay? Its a Hail Mary pass. MSFT is down by 20 points, the clock is running out, so they are gonna give it one last throw to try to gain some ground before the clock runs out. They really have nothing to lose as while PCs will not being going anywhere, despite what all the "post PC" pundits blather on about, what HAS happened is they went from being replaced every other year because they would struggle to run the latest software to insanely overpowered. Hell is there anything Joe average or Bill businessman does that won't run just fine on that Phenom I triple desktop or Core Duo laptop? Nope which is why they ain't buying.

So even though I think metro is deep fried garbage I can see why MSFT is doing this, as the smartphone/tablet market is going through their own MHz wars where a year and a half old device won't run the latest apps and they ain't getting a cent of that. Don't think it'll work but I can see why.

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RE[4]: Bleh... not enough.
by Nelson on Sat 4th Aug 2012 03:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Bleh... not enough."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

+1. I may disagree with some of what you said, but at least your response was coherent and thoughtful unlike the troll above.

It definitely is a power play, and I have my own reservations about its success, but looking at it purely from a PC point of view, a centralized app repository is a universally good thing.

I know other OSes have had it for a while, who cares, what's important is, it will help cut down malware and registry rot significantly.

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RE[3]: Bleh... not enough.
by lucas_maximus on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Bleh... not enough."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I'm gonna go start a vegan restaurant in a part of Texas that is 99% meat eating.


That would be quite a good idea actually, since you would be the only place the Vegans would go, you would have a monopoly.

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