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[2]: Musings about Metro
by Alfman on Thu 4th Oct 2012 19:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Musings about Metro"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

tomcat,

"Now, there are legitimate questions about whether it should have created different SKUs for different hardware targets; meaning that the desktop doesn't get Metro, tablets do, servers don't, laptops do. But there is also a credible argument that the consistency of the user interface across targets is more valuable to users; if they hadn't done this, there would be a lot of power users complaining about how different the SKUs were."


Your overlooking the obvious. The problem isn't that anyone wants a metro version and a non-metro version. The problem is that we want metro to be optional and configurable. In one win8 preview, the win7 desktop launcher could be restored by a simple registry tweak. Microsoft spent more engineering effort to remove the feature than was needed to just leave it there. Therein lies the fundamental problem, microsoft would rather cannibalize the desktop launcher and corral users into metro rather than letting users choose metro on it's own merits.

Regardless of anyone's opinion over metro's merits, it's still illustrative of how corporate monopolies are harmful to consumer choice.

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