Re: More reason's why Steve Ballmer retired
I will give you this example. Let's say you want to download a song from iTunes. While I would have to authenticate to the iTunes site in order to download apps or songs, I would not have to log into my computer with my apple ID in order to do that. In order for me to download the 'free' Solitair games Microsoft offers, I could not just authenticate to their download site, I had to change the authentication method on my computer in order to be enabled for downloading these free apps. While federated services (single sign-on) can be a good idea, it cannot be forced on the user. Microsoft has taken an opt-out philosophy, which goes against every grain of independence I can think of, especially when the only opt-out option is to eliminate Windows altogether as you seem to think is a viable option. Well that is not a viable option for a large swath of consumer and corporate users and it is only averice on the part of Microsoft which would give them the idea that this is acceptable. It is not. Not to me and I would venture to a very large part of the user base as well. Some savvy lawfirm is going to recognize the opportunity here and will enjoin this fight with Microsoft. I believe there would be a huge amount of public and political support which would wither Microsoft's resolve back reality. And this is not just in the US. The EU is much tougher than the US.
There is another issue I want to ellucidate. The product Micorsoft is selling is named Windows. Where did that name come from? It came from the ability to take applications and resize them any way you wanted in multiple 'windows' on your desktop and move them independently around your screen. By the new methods in version 8 the OS should be renamed Half Pipe as you only have two choices in 'window' size, full or half screen, period. And it wasn't until the latest update to ver. 8 that you were even given the ability to minimize or close an open application! Microsoft has betreayed their own legacy. It is only because they have completely lost their way would they force every user into the same mold. That is antithetical to the idea of the founding value of Windows.