Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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The casualty in all this is Microsoft's own crown jewel: Windows.

With Windows 8, users finally have a curated store to house "appliance"/plug-and-play/no fuss apps that appeals to the mainstream who just want it to work. This is a very important segment. Unfortunately, there are no apps worth talking about. It would have been fun for it to be a place to buy/play the same games that are on the XBox One. It would have given Lord Gaben some real competition.

The whole situation is baffling. And I am very disappointed.

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ddc_ Member since:

The casualty in all this is Microsoft's own crown jewel: Windows.

Microsoft's crown jewel is Office. And they still have an option of downplaying the whole desktop Metro thing in future Windows releases. Also Windows 7 is still there on shelves... So, really, that's not all that dramatic at all.

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ronaldst Member since:

I disagree with Office being MS' crown jewel. And also disagree with the option of downplaying the whole Metro possibility. There is good money to be made in "App Stores" now. Which is driving iPad/iPhone sales. I can't even imagine Microsoft calling it quits. While under massive attack from all fronts, the Redmond Boys are relentless.

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gilboa Member since:


Good luck trying to find a non-uber-expensive laptop with Windows 7 on it. At least here in Israel, my company literally searched the bottom shelves in far too many stores in order to buy old 2012 laptops with Windows 7 pre-installed.

... And at least in my experience, 8.1 is no better.

- Gilboa

Edited 2013-10-24 03:29 UTC

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