re: Windows 8 Fizzling, Time For Windows Classic?
UEFI whatever blah blah blah. I'll tell you about a big disappointment that happened in my area. Microsoft store was opening in the area, and they sent a "Business" representative up to meet with our shop, as I can imagine they did with others. We were all excited about Microsoft, the Surface, Windows 8, the Microsoft store, the phone etc...
So this guy comes up, we are chatting with him, asking all kinds of questions. He hypes up everything, which is fine, we were hyped up too. We asked some questions about release dates, upgrading options, features, Hyper-V, licensing, lots of questions. He answered some of them, most of them he side stepped or gave ambiguous answers. After a while it became apparent he was what I will call a "hype generator" and really didn't know the products like I expected. He left off the visit with "email me any questions you have". Which we did, and we received similar ambiguous responses or no response at all.
One question we asked was in relation to a website that was selling Windows licenses fairly cheap. The company was listed as a Microsoft Certified Gold partner on Microsofts own website. I asked our Microsoft guy if it was legitimate, and told him they were even listed on Microsofts website as a certified gold partner. He said he'd look into it. I sent a follow up email, nothing in response. So he shows up a few weeks later at our shop with Surface coupons that would guarantee one in stock for us if we wanted one. I took the opportunity and asked him about the licensing I had emailed him about. His response was something to the effect of "oh yeah corporate got back to me and said they do so much volume and they have a special deal...". Great right? Well 2 or 3 weeks later the software site is down and it is reported that they were nailed for illegally selling software. So our Microsoft guy probably didn't even know and gave me another one of his BS answers just to satisfy the question.
I've visited the store with similar results. Attended an event. Talked with other people there. Thier 3rd party tech guy is less than desireable. Most of the employees fit the sales type "hype generator" profile and don't really seem to know the products.
After all of this, I'm like "Meh". I'm just not excited about it any more. I can't in good conscience send people to the store. They are likely to get fed a lot of fluff and who knows what will result from that. Anything bad that does will reflect on me because I referred them.
In any case, I still have hope for the x86 Surface that is coming out in a few months. I can see how it would integrate into my daily life and make things more convenient. I hope I am not disappointed.