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Laurianne
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9/10/2013 | 2:56:33 PM
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PC users who are not intrigued by touch represent an awfully large constituency. The 'unified experience' still doesn't appeal to these users. Is it time for MS to poke some more fun at itself? The 'PC guys' might like this approach much better than 'one journey.'
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9/10/2013 | 3:13:08 PM
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i really hope Microsoft can make windows 8 operating system more successful , in my opinion , win 8 system is quit good , it changes the operating habit ,but it's smart . windows phone has a big gap with iOS and Android .
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9/10/2013 | 7:57:36 PM
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You naysayers STILL don't get it. Windows 8 is NOT about creating one UX across all usage scenarios. It's more about providing multiple UI's IN ONE BOX rather than having to have different devices for each. To me, that's so much more powerful in the end. If you are desktop guy, go with that. If you are a consumer, use the new Modern UI. The fact that you can switch depending on your need at the time is rather cool.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/10/2013 | 11:11:51 PM
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Windows 8 was a good idea. Why not consolidate two UI types that people seem to like into one device? But the people didn't come. It proved that users want their tablet experience to be its own entity and not be stapled to a desktop UI, and vice versa. There's a pretty bad stigma now when you hear the words "Windows" and "Mobile" in the same sentence, justified or not. MS gave Apple, Google and Amazon too much time to define what a tablet should be and a unified Windows experience across devices doesn't make sense to people. If it did, Surface tablets and Windows Phones would be selling. Continuing to chase Apple and Google in mobile is a fool's errand and hopefully Ballmer's replacement will realize that and act accordingly.
Thomas Claburn
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9/11/2013 | 1:46:29 AM
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Apple got it right by keeping its touch-based (iOS) and mouse-based (OS X) operating systems separate.
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9/11/2013 | 2:33:27 AM
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I don't think it's just the naysayers who don't get it. Windows 8 is a good operating system but there was too much Apple envy encapsulated in it. Apple has a cool touch user interface -- hey, we can do that too. Apple innovation came with insight into what consumers would want and use in the smart phone and tablet formats. It took the risk and reaped the reward. Imposing a touch screen experience on the PC user shows a lack of consumer insight. If you're going to copy Apple, then copy the part that restricted the touch interface to smaller, personal devices. Make it an option, not the default, on the PC.
virsingh211
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9/11/2013 | 10:56:31 AM
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windows 7 had pure user friendly costumed look and appearance which was getting faded some wherein front of sophisticated and cosmetic look of ios..i guess MS overlapped this in win8 and gave altogether fresh and appealing look. Apart from this iOS does include a search function, but it parses a drastically limited set of values, rather windows comes out with complete search results.win 8 appG«÷s settings and options are built directly into the app itself.
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9/11/2013 | 11:05:48 AM
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Good reporting, Kevin. Hits the nails on their heads. In a way, Microsoft's present attitude reminds me of that shown by the IBM chief priests - back in the day when Microsoft was still a twinkle in Bill's eye. IBM - huge corporation - virtual monopoly (they thought) - and within a few years they were shedding hundreds of thousands of employees - and were never quite the same again. Sure - they didn't do bust - but they must be kicking themselves over giving Bill Gates the niche they could have had all to themselves.

In this case - Microsoft have a significant niche - and are driving their loyal customers away. Everywhere we go - die hard Microsoft customers are talking Linux. Or Mac. These are not IT specialists - just business people, who till now were absolutely reluctant to even think of abandoning Windows. Now - they're not only thinking it - it's happening. We reckon it will spread, and once something gains momentum - it will be very difficult (impossible?) to stop.

One of my inside sources uses the word "evangelists" about the guys at Microsoft who are pushing the "unified experience". Yup - it almost has religious overtones. They have sold themselves on a concept - the only way to digital heaven is their way - and only hear what they want to hear. What other people call tunnel vision.
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9/11/2013 | 12:42:14 PM
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Can we all quit crying about Win 8.x on the desktop, already? I use VS2012, Office 2013, Office 365, every brand of browser, manage servers at data centers in 3 different states, and, get ready for it... my Win 8.1 machine boots directly to the desktop, and looks, feels and works like my desktop from Win 8 which evolved from my Win 7 desktop, which evolved slightly from my old XP, which was begat by Win 98, which was begat by Win 95, whose father was Win 3.x.
Your IT will build an image for your desktop machines that will more or less duplicate your old desktop. Deal!
Also, can we quit with the prognostications about the death/near-death of MS.
Now, get back to work!
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9/11/2013 | 1:11:53 PM
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Microsoft employee? Microsoft Stack?
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