re: 8 Ways Microsoft Could Save Windows 8
Wow, some really weak arguments in this article:
"For instance, the ARM-based Windows RT operating system looks identical to Windows 8, but it won't run legacy Windows software. But Windows 8 does. Who has the time to learn the difference?"
Well, there it is right there. RT doesn't run legacy apps, Windows 8 does. Yea, who has the 3.65 seconds it takes to learn that?
"Microsoft ignores its critics and doubles down on the Modern UI. Via generous financial incentives, Microsoft sways developers to stock the Windows Store with plenty of multi-touch apps"
Yea, as if Microsoft could, in any possible way, convince every developer of every Windows application to magically create Modern UI versions... magically overnight. And this says nothing about the absolute infeasibility of actually making touch-friendly interfaces for the overwhelming majority of Windows applications. Do you really think a finger operated versions of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign or any of Adobe's other programs would be beneficial to users? How about AutoCAD? Do you really think architects and engineers want to design structures with their fingers? How about development tools, like Microsoft's own. Do you really think programmers want to program with on-screen keyboards and swipe gestures? The answers to all these questions is - NO. Touch is nice for simplistic tasks, but has absolutely no place in so many areas that loosing a desktop mouse/keyboard driven interface is patently absurd.