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stoneyh
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stoneyh,
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10/24/2012 | 5:49:36 PM
re: Windows 8: 4 Hurdles For SMBs
Windows 8 was not designed for touch,... Windows RT and Metro UI were designed for touch. I have been using Windows 8 for nearly 10 weeks. Windows 8 is a lot of Windows with a little bit of Metro not the other way around. Windows 8 runs very well on my two year old laptop. Faster as a matter of fact. All of my Office 2010 software runs on it just like in Win7. OLD hardware is a problem (for Win 7 or 8) hardware under two years of age is likely fine. Point 3 is your killer and not just because of the Modern UI - its because thinking admins that like their jobs don't update a working environment every time a new OS comes out.
stoneyh
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10/24/2012 | 5:33:47 PM
re: Windows 8: 4 Hurdles For SMBs
Well from a desktop/laptop standpoint (we are talking about Windows 8 after all) Apple's philosophy is "winning" to the tune of a 12% market share versus Microsoft's 80% or so. Granted that is up from only 5% in just one year - that is obviously huge.. But Windows 7 and not Windows 8 or OS X will probably maintain the lion's share of business desktops. Even if people like OS X better than Windows the price point just does not work versus a PC (or an existing solution that already works) . Bosses don't like to buy pricey esoteric devices for word processing and spreadsheets.
UberGoober
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10/24/2012 | 5:22:08 PM
re: Windows 8: 4 Hurdles For SMBs
Point 2 minimizes the absolute lack on touchscreen monitors in small (or large) business. A quick scan of the market gives a starting point of about $250 for touchscreen monitors, more than double the cost of conventional monitors.

Point 4 assumes that someone will actually buy WinPhone8 phones and/or that Win8 will penetrate the tablet market significantly. Neither of those assumptions is in evidence, and particularly the first seems wildly unlikely.

The whole thing seems somehow Vista-like to me...
Don108
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10/24/2012 | 5:05:16 PM
re: Windows 8: 4 Hurdles For SMBs
Your article ignores the real issue: the philosophy behind mobile vs. laptop/desktop. Apple's philosophy is an appropriate OS for each device with transparent transfer of data between them. Microsoft's philosophy is one OS on all devices so everything is the same everywhere. Right now, the Apple philosophy is winning and Microsoft is really late to the game. Microsoft's money, however, has traditionally been spent on playing catch-up and conquer. It is the market that will decide which philosophy is adopted.


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