re: Windows 8 Momentum Sputters
First of all, you work for MS marketing, and not saying so is dishonest.
Secondly, what you're saying is "it doesn't matter what you developers or users want, like, or prefer. We don't even care if you hate 8 and find it grotesquely unusable. We're forcing you all to use the metro interface anyway, and if you don't like it, tough tiddies."
Well, as a matter of fact, we DON'T like it. And despite your smug dismissiveness, we particularly don't like the reason you're doing it: because Ballmer wants a piece of the tablet and telephone market that he has thus-far screwed up in acquiring a share of.
Well, he's screwing up again, marketing man. And you get paid to deny it, as obvious as it is.
How many of your buddies in Redmond cubicles use 8? Probably all if they're forced to, none if not. How many of them actually LIKE IT, prefer it over 7?
The true answer is NONE. We know because no one anywhere who's not paid to say so likes reaching out to their screen to do anything either. And even MS acknowledges that win8 with a mouse is a bizarre experience compared to the standard menu interface.
All day every day, I have a touch screen 8 inches from my faceGă÷so close that I have to use reading glasses. I do it because it gives the effect of a 42" screen at a normal distance when watching videos. (I figure someone has to view every single porn on the internet, so I've selflessly taken on that burden myself.)
Touch extensions for 7 are loaded, and even though the screen is much easier for me to reach than for an office worker, I almost NEVER use touch. Why? Because the mouse is more accurate, it doesn't require moving my whole arm, and my hand is already on the mouse.
Well, one hand is.
In 2020, when 7 goes away, I'm moving the four machines I babysit for people to windowed Linux.
Enterprise IT managers, of which I used to be one before wising up and slacking off, will NEVER install 8 because:
1) they've tried it themselves, and
2) they know their users would form a mob, get the fire axe from the stairwell, and pay him a "visit".
That's how bad 8 is. You know it, and everyone knows it. If I were you, I'd be embarrassed to deny it.
...And all your propaganda on IT comments sections can't change that.