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: So Much Hate
by Lorin on Sat 6th Oct 2012 23:32 UTC in reply to "So Much Hate"
Lorin
Member since:
2010-04-06

People will not buy it, it will be forced on them when they buy a new machine, luckily some states are passing or have passed legislation that will make it illegal to sell a computer unless the buyer can choose which OS they want.

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RE[2]: So Much Hate
by Ing222 on Sun 7th Oct 2012 14:14 in reply to "RE: So Much Hate"
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2012-10-07

Personally, I applaud more choice. However, the general consumer does not. The general consumer wants all the choices made for them. As an example, look at Apple. They are immensely popular for the general public because everything is so "dumbed" down and all the decisions are made for them.

The passing of legislation to give the consumer more choice sounds like a great idea on paper, however I don't see it impacting much as the general consumer will just choose Windows.

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RE[2]: So Much Hate
by Alfman on Sun 7th Oct 2012 17:21 in reply to "RE: So Much Hate"
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2011-01-28

Lorin,

"People will not buy it, it will be forced on them when they buy a new machine, luckily some states are passing or have passed legislation that will make it illegal to sell a computer unless the buyer can choose which OS they want."

I hadn't heard about this kind of legislation anywhere?

It's a big problem that we don't usually get to choose the OS independently from the hardware, especially with laptops. Applying a non-windows criterion filters out practically all hardware available for purchase (even those that are linux compatible). We can blame vendors, but realistically they all might be concluding that platforms with <5% market share just aren't worth catering to. It's a catch 22 for alternative operating systems, which cannot compete on merit alone. They constantly struggle against network effects that strongly favour the entrenched platforms.

This isn't to say windows doesn't have merit because it does, but consumers do loose when a company can exploit network effects to push negative undesirable features like not being able to customise the start menu, and the walled gardens present in IOS and Metro.

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