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liverdonor
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liverdonor,
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12/20/2012 | 6:03:47 PM
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Still disagree that WP8 can be considered a flop. It's been out for all of 1 month and the phones are flying off the shelves (particularly in the EU and China). Heck, if this continues, the China market could make this platform all by itself.

Keep the jury out a while longer on this one. Whatever the marketers tell you, WP8 is not just a better WP7. It's a major release like Win8.
virshu
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virshu,
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12/20/2012 | 7:46:22 PM
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No question, Windows 8 is a major release. Like OS/2 was. Technically superior, developer friendly, and like OS/2 had Windows compatibility mode, it has Desktop Interface.

Sarcasm aside, I think Win8 is built on the wrong premise - that users need consistent interface between mobile and desktop. Apple obviously didn't think so - Mac and iPhone have very different interface. What this premise misses is that the activities on mobile are different from desktop. Starting with the ratio between reading and entering data. And Metro clearly isn't designed to be input-friendly
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Nokuchikushi,
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12/21/2012 | 7:13:51 AM
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I don't know anyone who craves Windows. Ballmer and Gates think people love Windows. The truth is most people tolerate it because they don't have a choice. They don't leave their mundane job where they have to work on a Windows computer all day and think, "Boy, I need to get me some more Windows." It just doesn't happen. People don't crave Windows, Ballmer. They just don't.
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12/21/2012 | 6:10:36 PM
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You missed the biggest failure on Windows 8. And also the stupidest. No Start Button!
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majenkins,
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12/21/2012 | 6:26:45 PM
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On a desktop given the choices I prefer Windows to the other OSs that I have worked with. This includes Ubuntu, and Solaris, OS x isn't even an option AppleG«÷s walled garden is more than I can take. On the servers I work with HP-UX, and more Solaris, I still prefer the Windows servers. Do I love Windows, no but I also don't hate it. It is a tool and as far as I am concerned the best tool available right now. Will that still be true when it is a choice between Windows 8 and some of the others; well that jury is still out. But right now Windows 7 versus the others, Windows 7 wins.
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12/21/2012 | 7:49:44 PM
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I agree, Windows 8 Live Tiles is an innovation, a worthy one, and not a me-too approach. But Microsoft's is trying to force too much on the user all at once. When you have the Windows franchise and huge installed base, you don't have to do that. It should have staged the introduction of the new interface as an option and let it grow within the customer base.
AustinIT
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12/21/2012 | 11:44:50 PM
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Unfortunately, everyone does (and still continues) to miss the point of Windows 8 and the whole "Metro" thing. It is to unify the platforms and user experience across all Windows devices (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, and server). Developer coding is unified and end users working with the software see the same UI (or a close facsimile).

Is it perfect? No, not yet. But, in the long run it will be a much better experience for everyone.

I get it. People don't like change and therefore want to compare (or denigrate in this case) something radically new with what they are used to.

Solution? Don't upgrade if you can't get over the change hurdle. There are still those holdouts running DOS and other legacy MS products...
AustinIT
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12/21/2012 | 11:49:56 PM
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That probably is the "one" thing that MS did wrong here (and would be well advised to change in a fairly quick update). Give the user a choice on which UI to run on startup.

Once folks get used to the new UI on phone WP8, Surface, etc. then they can enable it on their laptops, desktops, and even Server OSs. The transition would go much smoother.
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12/24/2012 | 5:21:32 PM
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12/28/2012 | 2:12:29 AM
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And some of us are still running IRIX...
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