Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2013 23:40 UTC
Windows Pokki is a start menu replacement for Windows - and it has already been downloaded 1.5 million times for Windows 8. "Since the launch of Windows 8, we've seen over 1.5 million Pokki downloads on the new OS itself and users opening the Pokki Menu an average of 10 times a day. These early numbers demonstrate that users enjoy being able to instantly access and discover apps, straight from the desktop." And this is just one of the countless replacements. Microsoft should've never kept the traditional desktop in there - they've given users the ability to escape Metro, and this will only hurt the new environment.
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RE: Comment by Morgan
by bassbeast on Fri 18th Jan 2013 13:15 UTC in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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Transition to...what exactly? tablets they can't give away? They had to cut orders for Surface in half because they have a warehouse full of 'em. Phones they can't give away? Ask Nokia how those WinPhone sales are.

What this is is a company burning down their house in the hopes to move into a new neighborhood where they simply aren't wanted. Gorilla arm and the crazy high markup required on large touch screens because so many come off the line bad means touch is gonna go exactly NOWHERE when it comes to X86, go into any B&M store and you'll see they have maybe ONE touchscreen unit and that is usually an iMac clone, the rest are all non touch, and thanks to Ballmer trying to price Surface to please Wall Street its a total flop, with a broken appstore, lousy performance compared to the price you pay, and I'm betting like all Windows devices the resale will be terrible.

The simple fact is if they want a piece of the mobile pie they are gonna have to spin off the mobile division, the old "EEE" strategy is obviously not gonna work and all they are doing is destroying one of the few markets they have left for a market that doesn't want them. Look up the sales figures on X86, the fourth quarter is always an uptick thanks to Xmas shoppers yet in the fourth quarter last year sales dropped like a stone, more than 13%. Its obvious by how many millions of users things like Pokki are getting Metro is a big DO NOT WANT and for every 1 user who knows they can hack the shell you have a dozen that simply aren't buying a new PC at all.

Ballmer has blown over 40 BILLION in the past 5 years on failed ventures, this level of loss simply is not sustainable and if they don't change direction but quick they are gonna end up in the same boat as Nokia and RIM, two once great corps that are on life support. You just can't force a new UI that doesn't work on the masses, not when there is competition. All the OEMs have killed their Surface products, it appears most are in talks with Google for ChromeBooks and ChromeTops where the OS cost won't bleed them dry, and the users are quite happy with Android and Apple in the mobile space. The days of MSFT being able to force their way into a market are over, they either accept that and slowly build new markets like IBM did or keep blowing cash like HP until they end up in serious trouble, their choice.

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