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[6]: Bleh... not enough.
by ze_jerkface on Sat 4th Aug 2012 19:46 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Bleh... not enough."
ze_jerkface
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2012-06-22

First of all Microsoft has billions in safe profits for years. Very few companies have that type of security. Sure the stock has been flat but when it comes to company health (IE paying the bills) they are fine.

They don't need a hail mary pass and even if they did it they could do it without angering their existing customer base. Why force Metro on enterprise? Why force Metro on Server?

This plan is so incredibly stupid and I expect business analysts to use it as a future case of what not to do. Microsoft has over 50 billion in the bank, they can buy marketshare/take huge risks without angering existing customers.

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RE[7]: Bleh... not enough.
by bassbeast on Sun 5th Aug 2012 23:34 in reply to "RE[6]: Bleh... not enough."
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2007-11-11

Because you don't see what the plan is, so I'll explain. The PHBs at MSFT have decided "Its not that the WinPhone design sucks, its that people aren't USED to our exciting new paradigm!" so they believe by jamming it onto everything you will have NO choice but to "get used to it" and thus will no longer ignore their WinPhones.

Is that smart? Nope its retarded, and as you said it makes even less sense on servers and enterprise, but if they allow exceptions for that the users will scream "Why can't we have THAT instead? We like THAT, we want THAT, give us THAT too!" and their goes their "get used to it" right out the window. After all with Windows using the same code base since XP frankly it wouldn't be a week before the "Make Win 8 Home behave like enterprise" hack would be all over rapidshare and the pirate bay so its either all or its nothing.

Personally I think Win 8 will bomb, the OEMs will demand and get Win 7 and Ballmer will retire, years later than he should have but as long as he's gone who cares. if they refuse to allow the OEMs to sell Win 7 I can easily see a "gang of nine" style revolt by the OEMs which are frankly hanging on by a thread as it is and aren't gonna give up what sales they have so Steve can pretend he works at Cupertino.

This is why you see Dell in talks with canonical, Valve coming out with a Linux client, they all don't know just how nuts Steve is and want to have an option if he refuses to see reality. Frankly with everyone living on FB and Valve covering the games if the OEMs all pitched in it really wouldn't take much to make a LTS Ubuntu into the new OEM choice. Simply pay Crossover to have built in support for the most popular windows apps, your Quickbooks and Photoshop and the like, and then if Ballmer refuses to give up his "LOL We're Apple now LOL!" fantasy they can just move on like they did with IBM and the MCA bus and leave MSFT playing in a corner by itself.

So do I think it'll happen? Nope, I think the board will revolt when the OEMs make it clear they'll leave Windows behind if they have to, Ballmer will retire after declaring win 8 a winnar, and things will go back to normal. That is unless win 8 is a hit but so far the backlash I've seen made Vista look like XP so i just don't see that happening.

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