Windows 8's coming-out party was a bust. How should Microsoft revive its flagging Windows franchise?
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Here's a contrarian idea: 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, thereby making the Windows 8/RT platform a worthy competitor to iOS and Android. Future versions of Windows do away with the desktop entirely. And enterprises don't mind because Microsoft continues to support and upgrade Windows 7, which they prefer anyway.
This scenario has serious flaws, most notably the fact that it undercuts Microsoft's unified-interface strategy for Windows PCs, tablets and smartphones. And it would make lots of long-time Windows users very, very angry.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?