re: Windows Blue: How Will Windows 8 Evolve?
The points are all valid and unfortunately, perception is reality. Still, most of the arguments I hear are based on the past. Companies - especially tech and software companies - have to respond to the future plans - including, unfortunately, industry buzz. When iPad took off, there were a lot of people who said it was a fad and served no real business purpose. I might have even agreed if, in my job, I didn't find immediate business uses for it. (What I did find is that as much as I love my iPhone and using the tablet, there was a lot it couldn't do for my business - mostly because of Apple-political - not technical - limitations.). Which brings me to my point. MS has to revolve and react. I agree they need to make improvements to Win 8, but a lot of the hate is about staying in the desktop market or not forcing the changes. While it might pan out that this move is a mistake or they may do it the wrong way, I don't think you can fault them for the path they chose. On paper anyway (and prices aside), they are offering a competing tablet that can theoretically do everything that your PC does (including 1000's of things the iPad and Android cannot. Try adding ANY printer you have lying around to iPad or Android and then do the same with an Intel WIn8 tablet). You can then argue "that's fine for tablets but what about my desktop"? Well, they have that covered - again maybe needing some improvements, but that takes time just as it has with any company. What they are offering is One System. One Windows for tablets, PC's, and hopefully phones. Granted Apple products are simple, but for a laymen, there's still a learning curve between a Macbook and an iPad. Again, it remains to be seen, but MS' solution is to have them all the same. (On a side note, I think the tie-in with Skydrive, etc. works better than Apple's options for pushing the cloud integration - reducing the need for backups and insane amounts of storage.) Personally, I believe it's logical, intelligent, and possibly even necessary. If they tweak some things, they could be the only company in 2-3 years that will have an option that any hardware or software you own will work on any form factor device you choose. Maybe they'll simply succeed in forcing Apple and Android to offer one system solutions. Or, maybe I'm wrong and it'll all crumble. Still, I think it's a smart risk and I hope they succeed.