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Windows 9: Desktop Resurgence?
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countryclubrepublican
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countryclubrepublican,
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6/30/2014 | 3:11:03 PM
Branding is the key
As usual, it take Microsoft 3 times to get it right.  This looks like a step in the right direction.  Windows 8 has 2 major problems.  The first was trying to put 2 interfaces on the same device.  This was too confusing.  The second is trying to brand everything under one name, "Windows". 


Microsoft has 3 different devices for which it needs UIs:  Desktops, Intel tablets, and ARM tablets and phones.  I would create 3 different flavors of windows:  "Windows" or "Windows Desktop" for desktops, "Windows Touch" or "Touch" for Intel tablets, and "Windows Metro" or "Metro" for Arm tablets and phones.  Of course, the actual names don't matter, the important thing is to have different branding for the different classes of device.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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6/30/2014 | 5:04:51 PM
On the right path
Great article Michael,

I think that Microsoft is heading on the right path, and it has taken some trial and error to get there, but better late than never.

If microsoft can provide a UI experience that for consumers switching between devices is more dynamic and seamless, I think they have a major thing going here.

Apple only now is providing that experience with the latest iOS update. I myself would greatly welcome the opportunity of being able to start doing something on my laptop/PC, and then switch to my phone to continue (I can already imagine myself reviewing an email, opening the attachment, and then click on a button that says "call contact", and my windows phone would call the contact, in speaker, with the attachment open in the background, while I head to meeting).

There's definitly a lot of opportunities there.... very exciting!
mejiac
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mejiac,
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6/30/2014 | 5:06:37 PM
Re: On the right path
To add to my last comment,

I think that something that is missing is a type of "Bridge" between devices.

It would be really cool if while reviewing an email or a web page, that from the tablet/pc, I can click a button to reach out to a contact, and those would remotly trigger my phone to place the call. That's the type of eco system that I think will end up in first place
mejiac
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mejiac,
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6/30/2014 | 5:09:13 PM
Re: On the right path
(sorry for the broken post, but the article got me hyped)

It would be really cool if say you're on a call, and as soon as you sit at your desk, you can use your laptop/PC headset to continue the call, since both devices would be synced and talking to each other....that would be a step forward.

But if a have to take a guess, I would say that Google would probably be the first to implement this, only because I think they have current technology to support this effort, and it's only a matter of creating the bridge to fulfil it.
anon6155405820
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anon6155405820,
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6/30/2014 | 5:11:58 PM
windows 9 desktop resergence
i just becam accustomed to the metro interface, Microsoft needs to leave desktop and metro availible on all devices and just have the device default to the interface that works best and let the user toggle to the other interface as needed for certain tasks or apps. I have a tablet and would not want to see the desktop option go away since the tablet could be docked to a full size monitor and keyboard 
Thomas Claburn
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6/30/2014 | 5:52:49 PM
Re: On the right path
I hope Microsoft finally nails it because we're all better off with more competition. Apple and Google have had it too easy for too long.
mak63
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mak63,
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6/30/2014 | 7:29:20 PM
Re: windows 9 desktop resergence
I have a tablet and would not want to see the desktop option go
I agree, it would be a mistake to leave the desktop option out for tablets.
Back to the article. I hope Microsoft pull out something better for Windows 9, otherwise it doesn't look very appealing at (probably) 1 month from beta. Well, free upgrade from 7 will be nice.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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6/30/2014 | 8:01:07 PM
Re: windows 9 desktop resergence
@anon, That's a good point, A similar feature is the latest android allowing for multiple users on the same device (which is nothing new on a windows pc) So if microsoft allows to toggle between different UI layouts, it would allow for a greater level of customization for users
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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7/1/2014 | 9:39:43 AM
Re: windows 9 desktop resergence
I think MS is trying to get the best from both desktop and tablet world. Its demo of Windows 9 startup menu indicates this. This is not easy but something needs to be done - it makes no sense to create silos by forgetting about good desktop options on tablet.
UberGoober
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7/1/2014 | 11:25:56 AM
Re: Branding is the key
That would be utterly contrary to M$'s expressed 'Windows Everywhere' strategy.  Frankly, there's no reason why you need multiple versions for Intel, anyway.  If it offered a choice between a real desktop and the clown makeup, it could easily support both creators and consumers of information without making them irritated (to utterliy minimize the hatred that Metro engenders in most users).
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