Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jan 2013 23:27 UTC
Windows So, a rudimentary jailbreak for Windows RT made its way onto the web these past few days. Open source applications were ported right away, and it was confirmed that Windows RT is the full Windows - it's exactly the same as regular Windows, except that it runs on ARM. Microsoft responded to the jailbreak as well.
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RE[11]: Comment by saso
by Nelson on Wed 9th Jan 2013 22:42 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by saso"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29


It goes both ways, you want to limit the scope to mobile devices where metro's touch UI is much stronger, but it's totally fair to criticise it on the desktop. It's not merit-less criticism either, there are very good points, you just have a difference of opinion, which is fine.


I think a crucial difference is that mobile devices are in the majority and are trending upwards while Desktop devices are not.

This is a reality that a lot of people on this website will need to come to grips with. Times have changed. If you don't want to upgrade to Windows 8, fine. But the reality is that a lot of people will.

Too many people conflate "Windows 8 isn't exactly what I want" to "Windows 8 will undoubtedly fail".

Windows isn't engineered around the specific need of one person, or even a sizable number of people. It is engineered in a manner to cater to both where the industry is and where the industry is going.

If Microsoft had just released Windows 7+ with minimal improvements, it would've been a disaster. Microsoft needed direction. Windows 8 gives them direction.

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RE[12]: Comment by saso
by Alfman on Thu 10th Jan 2013 01:51 in reply to "RE[11]: Comment by saso"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Nelson,

"I think a crucial difference is that mobile devices are in the majority and are trending upwards while Desktop devices are not."

You are correct to observe that the tablet market is growing while the desktop market is not, that's expected since the desktop market is already mature. Never the less, criticism of metro on the desktop still holds.

"If Microsoft had just released Windows 7+ with minimal improvements, it would've been a disaster."

These are strange times...when giving people what they would have wanted is considered a disaster.

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RE[13]: Comment by saso
by Nelson on Thu 10th Jan 2013 03:03 in reply to "RE[12]: Comment by saso"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

In general, people know what they want today. Not tomorrow. If you're building a foundation for the future you need to know what consumers want, before they want it.

Plus, I'm unconvinced that a majority of people do not want Windows 8 or would've preferred Windows 7+ over Windows 8.

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