Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jan 2014 10:06 UTC
Windows

Paul Thurrott on the next version of Windows and the future of the platform.

In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn't have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8 - just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista - there's no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.

With even Paul Thurrott claiming Windows is in trouble, it becomes virtually impossible to deny it is so.

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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by sbenitezb on Mon 13th Jan 2014 15:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson "
sbenitezb
Member since:
2005-07-22

Users want choice


I'm not sure it applies to the great majority.

Users want USB and micro-SD and don't want iTunes


And yet a great lot of devices were sold without either USB or an SD card. There are lots of tech-ignorant people that don't know/don't care.

Users want big-screen phones


Completely disagree. Some people (like me) don't like too big screens. I hate the Samsung S3 for this very reason (and some more).

Users want cheap devices


No argument here. But quality and performance is important. So you pay more if you want a smoother device.

That is why Android is dominant and not iOS


Not entirely accurate. It has nothing to do with USB, SD card, iTunes or screen size. It's all about 1. price, 2. telcos deals with manufacturers.

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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by avgalen on Mon 13th Jan 2014 16:26 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson "
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Let me try again so things are more clear:
Users want choice:
Some users want USB and micro-SD and don't want iTunes
Some users want big-screen phones
Some users want cheap devices

That is why Android is dominant and not iOS.

It is clearly not only about price and carrier deals because there are lots of expensive Android phones that sell really well and it is clearly iPhone/iOS that has the best/most carrier deals.

I think that there is too much choice (mostly crap) on the Android side, but it also means that you will be able to find a phone that suits you. On the iOS side there is not enough choice so if that 1 phone doesn't suite you it means no sale for Apple.

(I received a Nokia 1020 as a Christmas bonus and I am loving it both as a camera, a gaming platform, a Skype machine and sometimes as a phone)

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RE[7]: Comment by Nelson
by henderson101 on Tue 14th Jan 2014 13:34 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Nelson "
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Let me try again so things are more clear:
Users want choice:
Some users want USB and micro-SD and don't want iTunes


No Nexus device will ever have MicroSD unless something changes a lot in the Google engineers principals. Why would anyone ever want to buy a non-Nexus device? Seriously, I have 4.4.1 on my Nexus 4 and the Samsung devices are only just getting 4.2. Also, neutered and altered Android is a real turn off.


Some users want big-screen phones
Some users want cheap devices


Those are almost entirely mutually exclusive. If you want a cheap phone, buy a Nokia Lumis 620, that is far cheaper and better build quality than any cheap Android phone. The 520 is even cheaper.


That is why Android is dominant and not iOS.


It's a really complicated and extremely region specific phenomenon. It's not because of any formula one could write on a bit of paper.

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