Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows Paul Allen, one of Microsoft's co-founders who left the company long ago, has posted on his blog about his experiences with Windows 8. He (surprise) likes it, but he does note a number of shortcomings and oddities - all of which are spot-on. However, he fails to address the core issue with Windows 8: it's forcing users to drill a small hole in the wall with a belt sander.
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RE: Musings about Metro
by kaiwai on Thu 4th Oct 2012 02:20 UTC in reply to "Musings about Metro"
kaiwai
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I'd call myself a geek/power user and I personally don't see anything negative about Metro although I am confused when Metro is geared towards tablets and consumers but then Office 365 goal is to get everyone using Office - from the fortune 500 company to Jane Home Maker. With that being said I guess Microsoft wishes to offer many options for the many different ways things can be done on Windows rather than the 'this is the way you do it and if you don't like it tough' approach that Apple seems to take when making decisions.

I've loaded Windows 8 Enterprise trial on my ThinkPad X1 Carbon recently and the worse case scenario for many people it is the status quo with some minor tweaks. The biggest beneficiaries of Windows 8 will be tablet and phone users which in the case of me as soon as the Nokia Lumia 920 arrives in New Zealand. Apple was able to gain market share because the competition was so badly disorganised but with Microsoft finally got everything lined up coupled with success in the Android market what we'll see isn't a decline of Apple but a slowing down to maybe second or third place when it comes to high end smart phones (maybe we'll see their tablet market share decline - hard to turn down a similarly priced Windows RT tablet loaded with Office 2013 when compared to iPad which has none of that).

Side note: I'm signed up for Microsoft's exchange service and for NZ$6.11 per month I get my domain email hosted and sorted out along with ActiveSync and Outlook Exchange support. Always up and working each and everytime so I wouldn't be surprised if the services devision sees and uptick in subscriptions especially by those organisations that wish to have only but the bare minimum sitting inside their organisation with email and other hosting handled by a service company.

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