Linked by snydeq on Tue 4th Jun 2013 01:46 UTC
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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RE: There will be no solution
by Treza on Wed 5th Jun 2013 01:10 UTC in reply to "There will be no solution"
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Are we positively, totally sure that people will stop buying computers and use tablets for everything ?

I have an android tablet (N7) and really, for all sort of things, a tablet is just crap.
Surfing the web, reading and managing emails, writing documents and copy/pasting images, multitasking... You just get an inferior experience than a 400€ laptop.
Many applications are just dumbed-down interfaces to the actual websites.

Maybe Microsoft is overreacting.
Maybe people will get bored with tablets.
Maybe Microsoft should make using a laptop or desktop a better experience (high DPI screen, application repositories...)

What Microsoft is telling is that they don't believe in traditional computers anymore. It is, IMHO, a terrible message. Apple is certainly very happy about that, their laptops are not large tablets.

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Christian Paratschek Member since:

Actually, yeah, I am sure. Look at the numbers of computer sold (declining) and the number of tablets sold (skyrocketing).

Tablets are crappy for any serious work and even some trivial tasks an be done easier on a computer. But tablets do have major advantages.

If you are just consuming content, the are jsut fine. You can use them comfortable on your couch or in bed , they are pretty much instant-on and they do not take up any space.

IMHO, they are just better suited for anyone who is doing only light tasks, consuming content, etc.

I am totally with you that Apple is doing this right. Computers and tablets are different and need different user interfaces. Microsoft should have stayed with Windows 7 style interface for computers and used Metro for their tablets.

That would have been the sensible option. But Microsoft wanted to push Metro to his massive userbase. As I said, a matter of life or death for Microsoft.

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Lurking_Grue Member since:

The issue is this:

Say the desktop market is something like 500 million users. They are expecting the tablet market to be something like 3 billion.

The deal here is the tablet market is a growing market that is expected to dwarf desktop computers. This does not mean desktop computers are going away... it just is a less interesting market.

Now if only Microsoft would accept that they are now officially IBM we could get on with life.

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zima Member since:

There are around 1.3 billion PCs, for ~2 billion users, actually.

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