re: Windows 8 Beats The Mac, Appsolutely
I definitely would NOT call this the "end' of OSX but I think this (Windows 8) will get more traction than people think.
I don't like Windows 8. At least, I did not like the consumer preview. I don't have a real issue with Windows 7 and my phone is Android so my patience for learning the new GUI might have been biased from the start. BUT, I was thinking about it today, and I don't think if I was forced to use Window 8 on a new computer it would be all that bad (and I DON'T like change when I don't feel things are broken). I think, over time, I'd probably get used to it, even like it.
If that is MY attitude (and I'm a persnickity tech consumer), then I think most people will be fine with transitioning to Windows 8 (especially younger users with no old habits to break).
That said, once consumers get used to 8 on a laptop or desktop, I think, like the article infers, when they go to upgrade their smartphone and/or tablet, they may give a WP8 touch/mobile device a 2nd look. After all, they will recognize the GUI from their own computer.
I think, right now, the AVERAGE (non geek) consumer does not make a strong connection between the look of the current W8 handsets and the Windows desktop software they have used all their lives.
With Windows 8, Microsoft is (finally) changing that. I also think the likelihood of enterprise adoption will help. So many of us use Windows and Office in our jobs, there is no learning curve when we get home. If MS can continue that trend with Windows 8.....
It's pretty much how it created the "evil" empire in the first place.