Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2015 10:20 UTC, submitted by TemporalBeing
Windows

Choice. After all the software improvements, promotional offers and good intentions, 'choice' is the big factor Microsoft forgot to consider with Windows 10. Falling adoption rates have seen the company's initial smugness evolve into incredulity and increasingly dirty tactics and now Microsoft appears to have forgotten about respecting choice entirely because life for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users is about to get a lot worse...

Over the last week Microsoft has begun to roll out a combination of highly questionable changes to the billion+ users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and these efforts will intensify into early 2016.

Much like Apple's recent sleazy tactics of shoving ads into every corner of its operating system to try and suck you deeper and deeper into their labyrinth of lock-in products and services, Microsoft is trying very hard to forcefully push its users to upgrade to Windows 10 - and it's not eschewing any tactics, no matter how dirty.

The development of operating systems seems to have stagnated considerably, meaning new operating system releases don't really contain any standout features that draw large masses of users to upgrade. In addition, the differences between the operating systems are pretty moot (especially OS X vs. Windows or iOS vs. Android) these days, and there's really no clear benefit choosing one over the other.

It should be no surprise, then, that operating system peddlers are exploring other tactics to retain your business.

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RE[2]: linux fanboi
by tidux on Thu 17th Dec 2015 22:30 UTC in reply to "RE: linux fanboi"
tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

The average consumer is arguably too ignorant to make an informed decision on operating systems.

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RE[3]: linux fanboi
by avgalen on Thu 17th Dec 2015 23:12 in reply to "RE[2]: linux fanboi"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

The average consumer has now realized that the OS is pretty much irrelevant to him. For the average consumer the OS is just an app-launcher/switcher and something that makes the hardware work.

What the average consumer cares about is access to his email. Whether he does that in a commandline/terminal or in a browser, in a dedicated highend client or a simple mail app is all up to what the user wants or gets used to. None of that is influenced by the OS.

It is powerusers and very experienced people that got so good at using this or that OS that they would have a very hard time switching, but the average consumer only needs a big, familiar, EMAIL-icon

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RE[4]: linux fanboi
by dpJudas on Thu 17th Dec 2015 23:52 in reply to "RE[3]: linux fanboi"
dpJudas Member since:
2009-12-10

It is powerusers and very experienced people that got so good at using this or that OS that they would have a very hard time switching, but the average consumer only needs a big, familiar, EMAIL-icon

The mythical average consumer doesn't exist. Clearly Thom needs the Office suite, I need my Visual Studio, the artist needs his Photoshop. The 3d model guy needs his 3DS Max or Maya, the engineer Autocad. The project manager needs his Outlook.

The only consumers that fit the "EMAIL-icon" requirement are those that do absolutely nothing in the world except watch TV and surf!

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RE[3]: linux fanboi
by Morgan on Fri 18th Dec 2015 03:23 in reply to "RE[2]: linux fanboi"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's pretty much my point. Until someone successfully commercializes Linux or BSD and makes it compelling enough for both power users to ask for it and PC vendors to market it, the average Joe will just use the same old crap their computer has installed from the factory.

And yes, I know "OS X is BSD", but it doesn't count in this instance because Apple will likely never allow it to be factory installed on a computer they don't sell.

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