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Palpatine
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4/2/2013 | 1:09:58 PM
re: Windows Blue: What We Know
The fact MS is going bankrupt in the effort to impose Metro does not mean it is the future. It only means MS will face smaller and smaller interest from end users, that means keep running current non 8 machines and start switching most of the tast to non Windows machines. That is happening right now.

The fact MS is going bankrupt in the effort to impose Metro does not mean it is innovative: it is a Zune like abomination barely on par with Windows 2.0 as for usability, and its sole purpose is giving better placement to Bing adware.
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4/2/2013 | 1:04:45 PM
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Nailing the coffin of desktop PC would mean nailing the door for 90% of the user base and developers, that will face the choice between who back-stabbed them and competitors of that bast***.
The only tiny advantage of the ***ard would be legacy desktop compatibility, but the more Redmond marketing call it legacy the less palatable is the advantage.
What I see here is a clear hint for developers: let Win32 software root and keep selling it to the 90% of the market ignoring 8, and start developing for iOS and Andorid for new projects.
Or, you can work for WinRT competing with Win32 products that runs on 30 times more machines including W8 ones AND competing with iOS and Android that already have a wider audience and attracts more investors.
Whoever ruled MS business plan with Windows 8 has NO CLUE how IT market goes on.
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4/2/2013 | 5:17:58 AM
re: Windows Blue: What We Know
Thanks For the tip! actually, I was on the phone web today and talked with an HP tech, via a link on the Cakewalk website, which also posted a link to ADK Pro that you're talking about. Definitely some interest there, still weighing the budget component type thing, but thankfully realized I had a lot more to work with than previously thought, so looking toward the future hardware wise and stuff, I think I might be set, but Again thanks a Million for the Idea, I'm gonna go back and take a little more in depth look. Cheers!
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4/1/2013 | 6:28:25 PM
re: Windows Blue: What We Know
While I am not as rabidly anti-metro as most of the posters, I will say that the current system is really difficult to use. That everything is so radically different in the two environments causes a lot of confusion.
My wife looks at my win8 pc and says "ugh, it looks so confusing" and while I believe that I could clean it up and configure it to the point where it was ok for her, the amount of work is more than its worth. I could download metro-apps of all the things she uses (email, facebook, netflix, etc.) but the first time she hits something she can no longer do in Metro (i.e. check dvd queue in netflix, connect to her pop3 mail acct, etc.) she will be frustrated and have to switch to desktop view where everything is different.

I understand that being older than 15 and not caring about sharing every trivial moment of our lives to twitter and facebook, we are no longer Microsofts primary concern, but the amount of work involved in getting her used to Metro is far more than it is worth. It will be interesting to see if Blue remedies some of that but I doubt it, since the OS now relies on apps for most of everything, we are at the mercy of the app developers and so far I have yet to see a Metro version of anything that has all the features of a desktop version - I understand creating a "most of the functions" version to hit the 90% but it seems like every time there is something not included that we use.
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4/1/2013 | 5:37:38 PM
re: Windows Blue: What We Know
As a SMB owner I have not heard one reason why I should switch to Windows 8. MSFT must own a lot of Apple stock, because it looks like MSFT wants my next set of machine purchases to run either some form of Linux or Apple O/S.
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4/1/2013 | 5:03:19 PM
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If you're in the market for a new music computer, check out ADK Pro Audio. They build music PCs with Windows 7 (not 8) and the components they use are far superior to what Apple uses. You can even get them with your choice of DAW pre-loaded for free; just enter your registration info to activate. Oh yeah...they offer free lifetime phone support.
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3/31/2013 | 6:57:35 PM
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No more Windows for me. And I have zero interest in relying on a touchscreen for anything except opening an icon. I recently used a touchscreen for copy/paste and later for opening a small text size link and it was not a happy task. A touchscreen ought to be a supplimental input device to a laptop sized keyboard and touchpad. A "transformer" style laptop with a full keyboard/mouse/touchpad is the way forward for me.

I use Mint Linux 14 KDE and have mapped the keyboard for all the apps I use frequently and I think those are faster/easier than raising my hand/arm to tap the screen. I've been primarily a Linux user for years and fallback to Windows for the few specific apps I can't use in Linux - namely Solidworks, AutoCAD, and CNC software.
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3/31/2013 | 5:07:03 PM
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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".
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3/31/2013 | 2:36:49 PM
re: Windows Blue: What We Know
It is looking more and more like Chromebooks and Macbooks are going to be the future. Apple, can we have a cheaper Macbook please?
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3/31/2013 | 2:34:48 PM
re: Windows Blue: What We Know
Microsoft is a monopoly - they think they can get away with it.
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