Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 21:04 UTC
Editorial Like many of you, I've been watching the big changes in user interfaces over the past few years, trying to make sense of them all. Is there a common explanation for the controversies surrounding the Windows 8 UI and Unity? Where do GNOME 3, KDE, Cinnamon, and MATE fit in? This article offers one view.
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RE[2]: No puzzle
by bassbeast on Thu 4th Jul 2013 16:33 UTC in reply to "RE: No puzzle"
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Windows desktops/laptops sell around 300 MILLION units a year, any idiot that burns a 300 million unit a year business to the ground to get a CHANCE, and a slim chance at that, to force their way into a market where there are already two major entrenched players? i'm sorry but they are morons and deserve to fail.

And there was NO REASON to burn the desktop users, the antitrust is over so they could have integrated plenty of features to make a WinPhone + Windows desktop more appealing than a Windows desktop and Android but at the end of the day its NOT about mobile as you think friend., just watch any of the recent Ballmer talks and you'll see what the REAL goal is....appstores.

At the end of the day the fact that you can download a program from the web and install it without giving the sweaty one a 30% slice of the pie really burns Ballmer up and like so many badly run US companies he cares more about the stock price than he does his customers which is an attitude that just begs for failure. See the whole "just deal with it" Xbone debacle, windows 8 becoming the new windows ME, burning what few loyal customers they had of WinPhone 7 by not making winPhone 8 backwards compatible (and thus insuring NOBODY is gonna want a WinPhone, since most iOS devices are good for at least 2 upgrades and depending on the device Android can go even farther) and finally the billions they flushed buying devices like Zune and soon to flush another couple billion for Nook, it ALL in the end comes down to Ballmer's obsession with appstores.

I have a feeling in less than 10 years we are gonna talk about "The Ballmer Effect" where a successful company destroys itself because of a CEO's single minded obsession, because with MSFT we are seeing them burn all their bridges while they are still standing on them.

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