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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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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There is good money to be made in "App Stores" now. [...] I can't even imagine Microsoft calling it quits.

They surely won't drop Metro, but they could slow down their push, eg. have desktop returned as the default option for non-touch hardware. Given that they don't sell desktop apps via their store - they merely provide links - it is indeed quite unlikely, but not completely impossible. They may still be probing desktop market.

In the end they'll have to offer something to the corporate desktop clients, who are currently not adopting Windows 8 or Metro (simply due to their upgrade cycle and adoption policies) and are not as vocal as home users. If Windows 8 ultimately fails here, there'll be some response from Microsoft for sure - they shouldn't want to get users actually depending on expansive Windows-only software in too much of trouble.

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