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[3]: Bleh... not enough.
by bassbeast on Sat 4th Aug 2012 03:18 UTC 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[5]: Bleh... not enough.
by bassbeast on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:07 in reply to "RE[4]: Bleh... not enough."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Thanks, as anyone who has read my posts anywhere can attest i just call 'em as i see 'em, too dang old to waste time trolling.

As for why the appstore won't work just take a look at Zune Market and GFWL, neither of which was worth crud. MSFT has become such a big bloated designed by committee mess that getting good UIs through all the PHBs is practically impossible, it all becomes "vertical integration" and "product synergy". Have you ever used Games for WINDOWS Live? Good luck finding a WINDOWS game on games for WINDOWS live as they are buried under 20 pages of Xbox games and DLC!

As for a central repo, you can have all the benefits without all the MSFT bad design right now friend, its called Ninite. com Sorry about the lack of links but frankly this site has always been hit or miss when it comes to me and links, but that gives you the programs everybody wants, your flash, LO, browsers, media codecs, etc and its as simple as "check boxes and hit run" and NO toolbars or other crud.

Finally i got rid of WinRot years ago friend, its not free (you can get the older one for free, but it doesn't work on Vista or 7) but frankly once you use it you will NOT go back, and that is TuneUp Utilities. Just install it and leave it alone, that's it. it cleans the reg, the temp junk, defrags based on what % your drive is fragmented and whether it is affecting performance, you really just let it go and it takes care of everything. I've tried all the free tools but nothing has come close to TuneUp for me, my Win XP install at the shop feels as snappy as it did when it was installed 6 years ago and my win 7 has been purring since Oct 09 and runs like the day i put it in, just perfect.

But again i can see why they are doing it, they aren't getting squat from mobile and X86 has become a commodity like washers and dryers, nobody replaces them until they croak anymore. Kinda hard to sell a new OS to people who have more CPU, RAM, and HDD than they know what to do with and are perfectly happy with what they have.

So MSFT will throw the pass, it'll either buy them some ground or fail miserably and frankly MSFT won't be any worse off afterwards. After all there are so many millions of X86 home and business programs that will never be ported that the users won't go to Mac or Linux anyway, so there really isn't any risk here to take a shot.

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RE[5]: Bleh... not enough.
by ze_jerkface on Sat 4th Aug 2012 19:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Bleh... not enough."
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Oh I see, you've not very good at reading between the lines. I suppose that makes sense given your lack of judgement.

Here is something for you to figure out:

Windows 8 sucks.

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