Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
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User Rank: Strategist
10/12/2012 | 5:39:02 PM
re: Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
Personally, if any single company attempts to lock me into their platform, whether the reason is uniformity, security, ease of use, or whatever the argument, my first thought is to look in another direction.

If, however, that company does their very best to interoperate with as many of the existing systems, applications, and interfaces as possible, while reducing as many dependencies as possible, I may at least consider that approach. If it requires me to buy two or three components, whether hardware or software, I am not inclined to do it unless I already have a need, because of age or capability, in the hardware and software that I already own.

I'm not buying the argument at all.
Verdumont Monte
Verdumont Monte,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/12/2012 | 5:37:28 PM
re: Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
Only way I am buying a Win 8 tablet is when they have sufficient number of apps, doesn't have to reboot every day and a considerable amount of battery life. Else I am sticking with my current low cost andriod tablet.
User Rank: Ninja
10/12/2012 | 5:21:55 PM
re: Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
Mac users do it all the time and rave about it.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/12/2012 | 4:32:56 PM
re: Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
Microsoft has been trying since the days of Windows CE to gain a significant foothold in the mobile space. Based on their history, we would be wise to be skeptical about Windows 8 and the forthcoming tablets that will be running it. I realize that things are a little different this time. Windows 8 is the result of a full court press by Microsoft to finally establish itself as a player in mobility. I believe it will turn out be too little, and much too late.

The reason BYOD has become such an important discussion is because users are finally realizing that apps matter and OS's do not. To go even further, I think users are beginning to realize that apps that allow them to work with their data are what's important, regardless of who makes the app. In my own case, my company-issued notebook runs Microsoft Office, but my iPad, Android smartphone and Kindle Fire all run Quickoffice, and I can exchange documents in both directions. Why would I wait for Microsoft's tablet or a someday, maybe version of Microsoft Office on the iPad. As the article suggests, it might be nice, but it's not compelling.

Not only is the genie out of the bottle on this, but I think we are beginning to discover that the bottle, which once served such an important purpose, is now not only unnecessary, but also far too limiting. Policies and procedures that corporations once applied to (and more importantly, through) a standardized OS will now be applied to data and pathways (network traffic). How we get there will be a much more individual choice.

IOS is successful, in part, because Apple did not try to fit the MAC onto a tablet. It started with a clean slate and wrote the OS to fit the medium. Microsoft, in trying to create a one-size-fits-all OS, will once again deliver a product in the mobility space that is a jack of all trades, but master of none. Did you ever used Pocket Word or Pocket IE? The gap between expectations and reality was enormous. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I believe Microsoft is currently on the fast train to Blackberry-ville. The once mighty will soon find itself without a track.
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