Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 18:41 UTC, submitted by MOS6510

The big story in The New York Times on November 20, 1985, concerned Hurricane Kate's advance as it smashed into northern Cuba and the Florida Keys before barreling north to threaten the Gulf Coast. But another big story -- for the technology world -- was about to unfold thousands of miles away in Las Vegas, where the Comdex trade show was getting under way.

Apple had grabbed headlines a year earlier with the introduction of its graphical Macintosh. Now, after two years of delays, Microsoft was finally ready to debut the much-promised Microsoft Windows.

It became the blueprint for many of Microsoft's new product launches. Early versions suck, but get progressively better over the years.

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RE[3]: Is there hope?
by No it isnt on Thu 21st Nov 2013 20:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Is there hope?"
No it isnt
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It depends. If Microsoft perseveres, it might still suck in the future.

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RE[4]: Is there hope?
by WorknMan on Thu 21st Nov 2013 21:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Is there hope?"
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It depends. If Microsoft perseveres, it might still suck in the future.

LOL, well... you look at Windows 1.0 and where the OS is now, and it's quite a big leap. Who knows what RT will be like 10 years from now, which I imagine is the MINIMUM amount of time it will take before any self-respecting power user will go anywhere near it.

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RE[5]: Is there hope?
by MOS6510 on Thu 21st Nov 2013 22:04 in reply to "RE[4]: Is there hope?"
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I think 10 years isn't what 10 years used to be 10 years ago.

Products need to be instant hits these days and if they are not they are labeled a "flop" almost immediately. From then on a product not only needs to improve, but also shake its damaged image.

Windows RT not only has to show it has become better, it also has prove beyond any reasonable and even unreasonable doubt that it doesn't suck like it did before and if one or two (small) things do suck it gets another "flop" sticker.

Will Microsoft then continue to improve or start with a clean slate? In a way what they did with Windows Mobile 6 -> Windows Phone 7 -> Windows Phone 8.

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RE[5]: Is there hope?
by phoenix on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 00:31 in reply to "RE[4]: Is there hope?"
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No, you were on the right track with the evolutionary dead-end.

Windows 1.0 eventually became Windows 9x which became Windows ME and then died out.

Windows NT eventually became Windows XP which is now Windows 7 (there is no other OS after that).

In the same vein, Windows RT is like Windows 1.0. It will probably last 10 years, but will eventually be abondanded, just as the Windows 1.x-9x line did.


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