re: Windows Blue: What We Know
First, the desktop PC is far from dead. Tablets and laptops have their place, and I use both, but I use more desktop PC's than tablets or laptops and they tend to be more powerful (in terms of storage, processor, and memory), are more readily upgraded, and hence have longer useful lifetimes than the alternatives. While my use of multiples probably puts in a different class than many other users, there are still tens of millions of people who are multi-system users, and most of those multi-system users have at least one desktop in the mix.
Second, Microsoft is slowly making itself irrelevant. This new "modern desktop" probably ranks as the stupidest thing they've ever done, but it's not the first time they've tossed users out of the boat by making a radical change to their UI. I don't care if I never use the "modern desktop" on a serious basis. Microsoft says it is a leap forward. I say it's a step back to Windows 1 and the idiocy of tiling (and yes, I used that for a little while, but preferred the DOS command line. My 80 year old mother can barely manage the current Windows 7 user interface, in large part because it is so different than the XP user interface. It will be far easier to migrate her to a Mac, which will at least a be recognizable UI, or a Chromebook, which is really little more than a browser (all she uses now anyway) than it would be to upgrade her to the "modern desktop".
Consider it the first rule of computing: don't mess with the User Interface, especially if it works. Linux will be an easier to understand upgrade than Windows 8 for most users. Apple will be an easier to understand upgrade than Windows 8. And since MS has created the "modern desktop" to work on both tablets and desktops/laptops, it should be noted that iOS and Android are easier upgrades than Windows 8.
This isn't the death of the desktop PC, but it could well be the death of MIcrosoft as a provider of credible operating systems for desktops and laptops. They simply don't get it ... at all.
When they drop support for XP (the last usable version of Windows in my view), the systems will migrate to Linux. I'm done with Microsoft until they demonstrate that the most important word in PC is "personal".