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Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
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gmcpherson570
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8/17/2013 | 2:29:23 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
You are correct, but here is the problem. Microsoft isn't rolling out the final version until October, although they've been good about letting everyone have the preview. There is universal hate for hate for Windows 8 because the only thing Microsoft says after Windows 8 is touch, like some computer pedophile. IF, notice the big if, Microsoft would get a real marketing strategy and focus on the non-touch aspects of Windows 8.1 and start getting the word out now they might have a shot of salvaging Windows 8.1. However, as long as they remain with touch fetish they will continue losing the hearts and minds of their user base.
gmcpherson570
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8/17/2013 | 2:25:33 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
As a "tech people" let me explain a couple of things, since we built this industry. We understand the hardware, and economics. We know it's much better, for creativity, to get a desktop with the newest I7 Haswell chipset fully unlocked with 16+ Gigs of Ram and a few terabytes of hard drive space, after our SDD, for a few hundred dollars more than some touch screen underpowered overpriced "consumer device." Our rigs will last us at least 5 years, if not longer. If you are a gamer you end up upgrading your vid card every six months or so, but that's another group.
As a tech guy I can tell you I have 3 tablets in my house, 3 desktops, and 1 laptop. They call get used by various folks in my family for various reasons.(This does not include my office equipment I use for my real job here at home.) I will never give up my keyboard, mouse, and desktop and plop my Android hybrid in its place. If you think that you can, you're doing it wrong.
gmcpherson570
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gmcpherson570,
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8/17/2013 | 2:14:24 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
DDurbin1 as a great point. Yes, any company needs to make money. However, you do this by creating quality products that are needed, not manufacturing something that even during Beta the market was screaming, "please don't roll it out this way." Microsoft has made records amount of money creating good products people wanted. However, they appear to have run out of ideas, or at least good ideas. If they had just listened and left the desktop as it was on desktop devices and had the modern UI load on touch devices they would have had a hit, instead of being hit.
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8/16/2013 | 11:13:44 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
Name an Android Desktop device. . .
JasonJ043
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8/3/2013 | 10:09:39 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
It amazes me how stupid tech people are. Desktops are slowly going the way of the dinosaur. Laptops have outsold them by huge margins for years. And before you claim how bad touch is on a laptop, I suggest you actually try a touch laptop for more than a few days. Touch makes using a laptop much better. It compliments the mouse and keyboard nicely.
JasonJ043
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8/3/2013 | 10:04:56 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
You are completely wrong. Even the free versions of Visual Studio are light-years ahead of any other IDE. The server market has been going with Windows for anything important and still is. All the Linux boxes I hear so much about are doing are serving websites. As for the desktop market going to iOS and Android, that's probably the funniest thing I've heard all month. iOS and Android can't do anywhere near what Windows or OS X can do. Also, OS X is NOT Linux based. It is Unix based, which is what Linux is a copy of.
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8/3/2013 | 10:00:19 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
Yeah, I know. How dare a corporation created for the express purpose of making money, try to make more money! /s
rradina
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7/30/2013 | 5:35:13 PM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
Java's security woes are overwhelmingly client-side applets running in the browser. Most of Java's appeal and value is server side.
moarsauce123
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7/30/2013 | 11:29:00 AM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
Java tools are decent, but it isn't the tools, it is Java and its rather bad security reputation. Oracle needs to follow the lead and patch its runtime once a month, same as Microsoft does with .NET.
moarsauce123
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7/30/2013 | 11:26:53 AM
re: Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
As far as access to development tools goes, DreamSpark gives full access to the pro line of development tools for anyone attending a school. It even covers home schoolers. And it is free as in you don't have to pay anything to get a license and a download. All you need to do is register with Microsoft to get access for a year.
In regards to your solutions:
1 - not needed, there are plenty of decent Linux distros out, doubt that Microsoft can do a better job
2 - Adding support for Linux/Android/OSX or any other *nix / BSD based OS would be awesome, but I don't expect any of that for free. You cannot have everything for free.
3 - While MSSQL Server isn't bad there are plenty of alternatives that can do the job as well, MySQL being just one of them. There really is no need to port MSSQL to Linux
4 - OpenOffice/LibreOffice
5 - exists partially via Mono, but it would be nice to extend Mono so that one can drop .NET binaries into Linux and just click on them to start
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