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Windows First looks at Windows 'Blue' have revealed an upgrade composed of cosmetic fixes, suggesting that Microsoft may be blowing its chance to turn the tide on Windows 8 blow back, and make good on its promise to truly 'rethink' Windows 8 with the release of Windows Blue. As a result, InfoWorld has issued an open letter to Microsoft to consider Windows 'Red' -- what InfoWorld is calling a 'serious plan' to fix the flaws of Windows 8, one that could rescue Microsoft's currently flagging promise to deliver a modern computing experience on both PCs and tablets.
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Comment by tkeith
by tkeith on Tue 4th Jun 2013 14:11 UTC
tkeith
Member since:
2010-09-01

It sounds like a mix of band-aids and concessions to please the mob. Honestly, short of a do-over it might be their best bet. The mix of UIs and APIs in Windows 8 doesn't really seem like it's going to be fixed any time soon. Perhaps they should have sold a new OS(8) and an old style OS(7) to ease the transition. Of course that's basically what they are doing now, businesses will continue to buy 7 for as long as they can. But it would have been a great opportunity to cut out all the old legacy stuff.

I still think Ubuntu got this one right. Same APIs and backend, different UIs and consistent designs between platforms.(phone, tablet, desktop)

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RE: Comment by tkeith
by darknexus on Tue 4th Jun 2013 14:48 in reply to "Comment by tkeith"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I still think Ubuntu got this one right. Same APIs and backend, different UIs and consistent designs between platforms.(phone, tablet, desktop)

Sure they did. That's why the various UIs and X.org crash constantly. Yep, they really got it right.

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RE[2]: Comment by tkeith
by Stephen! on Tue 4th Jun 2013 15:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by tkeith"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

That's why the various UIs and X.org crash constantly.


If X.org is unstable, why does Apple use it?

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RE: Comment by tkeith
by BluenoseJake on Tue 4th Jun 2013 15:49 in reply to "Comment by tkeith"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Windows 7 was a mix of bandaids and concessions for Vista, and look how that turned out. One stop shopping when dealing with Settings is almost worth it right there, as is the improved search.

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RE[2]: Comment by tkeith
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 15:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by tkeith"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

It was annoying. Windows 7 wasn't that big of an improvement, didn't address that many issues, and generally rode an "anti-Vista" wave to unprecedented sales and success.

It was frustrating watching what amounted to mild updates over Vista be seen as the second coming of christ by everybody. It just showed how powerful of a thing perception is.

7 also set up some unbelievable expectations for what 8 was supposed to do in the marketplace. Windows 7 had 10% market share after 4 months, that's an unreal amount of usage in a short amount of time.

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