According to InformationWeek …
* Depending on how many copies of Windows 8 MS has managed to cram down users throats … How many touch-enabled computers people have went out and bought (Christmas isn’t over yet!) … But do existing desktop users really care about Windows 8? Apps are nice on iPhone and Android devices – but do the masses really want “vendor lock in” (have to buy from Microsoft) Apps on their Desktops? I can imagine there are MANY MANY existing and not-too-old Desktops out there (mine included) … with many many things that we like already working on Windows 7. A lot of people, like myself, may not want Windows 8 – in it’s current form – on their non-touch desktop computers. I may try it on my next laptop or tablet purchase … But I still like the freedom and functionality of the non-Tiles Traditional Windows Desktop. Download many 3rd party paid and free applications programs – without being locked in to yet another “app store” paradigm. Android might not have the problem but iPhone does of Apple refusing to allow certain “apps” that a professional Network / Computer Person would want on their device. I, for one, don’t want to keep moving FORWARD towards one possible future of having Windows Desktop and Laptop locked into only APPS that Microsoft sells or approves of. I also don’t want the kludge of the traditional desktop – the Windows 8 currently has. There are articles about it online – one just has to look for them. I don’t want to have to “Jail Break” my desktop and put Cydia on it to be able to download and use any software program that I want to use.
Which leads to Paul McDougals prediction that Microsoft may have to do a “Coke Class” (“Windows Desktop Classic”) version of Windows 8 – that provides all of the other benefits of Windows 8 – minus the new Metro / Modern UI.
* In comments on the link within the above link (http://www.informationweek.com/windows/operating-systems/windows-8-fizzling-time-for-windows-clas/240142618) –
> “in the enterprise, Widows 8 is not likely to see the light of day… not because of product quality, but because that’s just not how things work.”
Right, it’s not product quality, per se, and it’s not “the way things work”. It’s corporate suicide through greed and arrogance. Any IT manager who forced 8 on his users the way Ballmer is forcing it on the consumers would find himself hanging in the elevator shaft from a cat 5 cable that the angry mob wrapped around his neck.
The industry press did an EXCELLENT job of warning MS about metro ever since last summer, but does Ballmer listen to anybody but himself?
Noooo! His response was to send an army of marketing shill slugs to rudely and crudely troll the comments sections, declaring the reviewers “biased”. Anyone who pointed out that the Emperor’s new clothes are imaginary was declared “afraid of new technology”, “childish”, “unprofessional”, and “an old person”.
How DREARILY predictable.
HEY: you can’t bully and force your customers to buy your crap anymore, Microsoft. Cap’n “wrong-way” Ballmer’s last mistake was the rMS Titanic’s iceberg. Now, Gates’ once-great ship gets to take a close-up look at the mid-Alantic ridge.
Good Column, Paul, but forget about morphing and kludging 8 into being “Coke Classic”. We already HAVE Windows 7. Last summer, Sinofsky could have steered a different course, but now it doesn’t matter how they arrange the deck chairs. There’s only one option left for the arrogant bigwigs in Redmond:
“In two hours, the Apple store sold 11 iPads, while the Microsoft store sold exactly zero Surface tablets”
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