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Five reasons why Windows 8 has Apple and Google beaten. Microsoft will win the tablet war
TechRadar ^ | 10/28/2012 | By Jeremy Laird

Posted on 10/28/2012 6:20:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Microsoft is onto something. With Windows 8 it's better positioned than both Apple and Google to ride the coming laptop-tablet convergence wave.

It might even eventually give Microsoft a shot at the all-important smartphone market. To understand why, let's count the ways in which Windows 8 is best.

1. Tablet-laptop convergence

Laptops and tablets are converging. And only Microsoft has an OS that's fit for that coming unification of devices.

Apple has no convergence strategy at this time. That's because it fiercely guards product-specific profit streams and just doesn't go in for making things that cannibalise its own sales.

So, Mac Mini is hobbled to protect iMac. iMac is hobbled to protect Mac Pro. And iPad isn't allowed to wander into MacBook's territory.

Microsoft Surface

Likewise, Chrome OS isn't a fully viable notebook OS. And nor is Android. Windows 8 is the only OS that's a genuine goer for both tablets and laptops.

2. Superior user interface

The interface formerly known as Metro and now labelled 'Modern' is quite literally the most modern of touchscreen UIs. It's not perfect. But it's fresh. It's contemporary. And it's polished.

It combines the responsiveness of Apple's iOS with the power and configurability of Google Android. And it looks better than both.

Windows 8

3. ARM and x86 CPU support

You can argue the toss over the advantages of ARM vs x86 processors. Will ARM continue to have a power efficiency edge? Will the raw power of Intel's x86 chip eventually win the day?

It doesn't matter because with Windows 8, Microsoft now supports both.

OK, there's an x86 compatible version on Android out there, too. But for now it's more of an experiment than a serious play in the market. Meanwhile, when it comes to ultramobile operating systems, Apple's iOS is ARM-only..

4. Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking is something that Windows has always nailed, from thread management at the kernel level to the way the UI presents presents multiple apps.

Now it's even better than ever thanks to a choice between old-school task bar application management on the desktop and app "snapping" in the Modern UI.

Windows 8

Microsoft has also added some gesture-driven app switching to the Modern UI. Put simply, Windows 8 is miles ahead of iOS and Android for multi-tasking and app switching.

5. Backwards compatibility

OK, this bit only applies to the regular x86 version of Windows 8 and not the ARM-compatible Windows RT, flavour. But only Windows 8 offers you a fully contemporary, touch-enabled ultramobile OS that also supports the huge ecosystem of legacy PC applications and delivers powerful multi-tasking.

It really is one OS to rule them all.

Windows 8

It's not all good news

Windows 8 isn't perfect. Limitations abound, including the peculiarly neutered desktop mode in Windows RT. Then there's the pitiful number of touch-enabled apps compared with Android and iOS.

But there's plenty of time to get forensic with Windows 8's shortcomings. For now, let's focus on the fact that it's a huge step forward for MS.

For you, it means the prospect of genuine device consolidation. Tablet and laptop combined in one device that's more than the sum of its parts.

If merit counts for anything, here's hoping Windows 8 will make a tangible dent in both Android and iOS.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: android; apple; desperation; google; ipad; microsoft; microsofttablet; playingcatchup; tablet; w8; win8; windows8; windowstablet
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1 posted on 10/28/2012 6:20:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL, this ought to be good.


2 posted on 10/28/2012 6:23:34 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

While I have not touched a Windows 8 machine, I have touched servers running Server 2012 which uses the same interface. What a train wreck. Whatever genius decided to slap a touchscreen type interface on a server OS should go back to serving fries with that.


3 posted on 10/28/2012 6:28:10 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A primary reason Windows made the grade 20 years ago was the ability for programmers to create applications and load them with ease. Visual BASIC made that happen, followed by Borland C++ and Turbo Pascal. With all these “stores” Apple and others created, it makes loading apps difficult. Developers must ask permission to publish their works and it takes months to get that done. Toss in Microsoft .Net on Visual Studio to easily develop apps and it is a no brainer which development platform developers prefer.


4 posted on 10/28/2012 6:29:24 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I will not use it. Until they make a Windows 8 “specifically” for the desktop, and ONLY for the desktop, I’m staying with Windows 7. If they try and push out Windows 7, I’ll go back to XP.


5 posted on 10/28/2012 6:32:31 AM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
I go with things that work. I am typing this on an iPad, but I have an older computer that I’ve given new life with an SSD and Windows 8 (beta). It turned my old PC into a speed demon! All my programs and drivers work great. Some funky things with flash that I hope will be resolved with the actual release which I just purchased.
6 posted on 10/28/2012 6:33:31 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the author isn’t thinking far enough ahead.

The four basic hardware types out there are phone, pad, notebook and desktop. I think in five years all but the phone will have largely disappeared as “computers.”

The formats will still be used, but will be only dumb data wireless entry and display platforms for your phone, within which all data manipulation and storage will take place, with auto backup to the cloud. So a pad will be only a display device that allows you to read or do other stuff more efficiently than on your small phone. Cost, maybe$100?

Think about it. You always have your phone with you, and the phone AFAIK has the potential to handle internally all the processing and storage, though perhaps not now. So why would you want to use three or four platorms and OSs instead of one, or spend time manually syncing them?

The OS that allows you to move seamlessly from one platform to another, espcially with effective backwards compatability, wil dominate, probably as much as MS did in its heyday.

W8 is not this OS, but it looks like a step in that direction.


7 posted on 10/28/2012 6:38:18 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been using an original Transformer for the last year. Android with a keyboard and touch screen is a user experience superior to the iPad IMO, my iPad goes unused now.

I spent a little time on the the Asus RT tablet this weekend. It uses hardware a generation better than what I have and has twice the RAM. Frankly, it was laggy. The UI didn’t make me happy, but I could get used to it, but switching between apps, it would stop accepting input and feel like it was frozen up.

It felt like an android phone circa 2009-2010.


8 posted on 10/28/2012 6:38:31 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: drbuzzard
I have touched servers running Server 2012 which uses the same interface. What a train wreck. Whatever genius decided to slap a touchscreen type interface on a server OS should go back to serving fries with that.

The default installation of 2012 Server is server core. If you touched a 2012 server with that interface, then somebody had to install it. What genius did that?

9 posted on 10/28/2012 6:38:44 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Oh good, you have a winpad. I just heard that an asteroid hit Manhattan, turn on the news."

"Wow! Okay, wait a sec."

"Bring up the news."

"I am."

"Go to the news."

"Wait a sec."

"Did you turn it on?"

"The pad, yes, it's still booting up."

"Can't you boot that thing any faster?"

"It's microsoft, hold on a sec."

"Never mind, I have a Droid." (((click, fob, fob))) "Thanks for trying anyway. Good luck."

"Wait! Don't go. It's up now'oh crap, it's updating a patch."

10 posted on 10/28/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT by Sirius Lee
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To: drbuzzard

Agreed. I have used Windows 8 a little. It is horribly designed and unintuitive.

I cannot imagine how the average office worker is going to use that interface. Even getting to the “start screen” is done in a strange way...no clicking...move the mouse to the upper right-hand corner. Then you can click on the window icon to get there.

What are they trying to do, drive away their core business users?


11 posted on 10/28/2012 6:41:45 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yup, sure.

And GM will build better cars than Toyota and Honda, too.

/s


12 posted on 10/28/2012 6:42:51 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: B Knotts
What are they trying to do, drive away their core business users?

Yeah, why should the business users settle for the core when they can have the apple?
13 posted on 10/28/2012 6:45:57 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Sherman Logan

Don’t fall for it. The phone will get more powerful but will always have compromises to allow it to run off of a battery. I want the bigger processor that runs at higher voltage and has more gates.

Ask businesses that run on the cloud how that worked for them last week when Amazon’s cloud service went dark for a good part of the day. I like the cloud and use the cloud but work I depend on exist on a drive I can touch with a backup and a backup of that on the cloud.


14 posted on 10/28/2012 6:49:35 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Apple will stick around. What I am hoping for is an eventual demise of Android. It is still a poor mans iOS ripoff. I am using it right now on my phones and tablets, and its just not a great OS.

Windows Tablet/8 etc is an interesting addition to the field.. As a non-fanboy of anything, I like the competition and hope it leads to better products.


15 posted on 10/28/2012 6:51:33 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Windows 8...

...where have I seen that interface before?

16 posted on 10/28/2012 6:52:08 AM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: dangerdoc

Didn’t say the cloud is a good idea, said that was where we are heading. I foresee somebody building a super-virus that take the whole cloud down. That will be exciting.


17 posted on 10/28/2012 6:53:59 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

You can’t do art work, sound editing and pictures on a phone. Keeping databases on a phone...forget it. PC’s and laptops won’t go away, they’ll simply act as the mobile phone computers’ home bases.


18 posted on 10/28/2012 6:55:59 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (The big problem with dictators is that empowering them always seems like a good idea at the time.)
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To: Sherman Logan

You think I want to save all my data to the cloud without my own personal hard back ups? What with Obama’s ability to shut the internet down? Nuts!


19 posted on 10/28/2012 6:58:45 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (The big problem with dictators is that empowering them always seems like a good idea at the time.)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL! Pure geek fantasy. I went to check out the Surface and Win 9 at the Microsoft Store yesterday. I was browsing on the Surface and Explorer too forever to load a page and get to native resolution.

Surface hardware is a bit heavy, plasticy, and cheap feeling — a bigger Kindle Fire (previous version) at an iPad price. Windows 8 isn’t entirely intuitive like iOS or Android either. It’s an interesting concept, but doesn’t seem like it’s just there yet.

Clearly it’s a Rev A product. This version isn’t going to outsell anyone. We’ll see what next enhancement next round brings. But I don’t see a whole lot of consumers buying in just yet at least — if every. Consumers are moving away from the the traditional CPU all together (See falling PC sales) and with the big libraries of apps people already have for their Android and iOS devices, Microsoft is still far back in this race.


20 posted on 10/28/2012 7:02:57 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL! Pure geek fantasy. I went to check out the Surface and Win 8 at the Microsoft Store yesterday. I was browsing on the Surface and Explorer too forever to load a page and get to native resolution.

Surface hardware is a bit heavy, plasticy, and cheap feeling — a bigger Kindle Fire (previous version) at an iPad price. Windows 8 isn’t entirely intuitive like iOS or Android either. It’s an interesting concept, but doesn’t seem like it’s just there yet.

Clearly it’s a Rev A product. This version isn’t going to outsell anyone. We’ll see what next enhancement next round brings. But I don’t see a whole lot of consumers buying in just yet at least — if every. Consumers are moving away from the the traditional CPU all together (See falling PC sales) and with the big libraries of apps people already have for their Android and iOS devices, Microsoft is still far back in this race.


21 posted on 10/28/2012 7:03:26 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: B Knotts

The touch experience is different on that Win 8 interface as opposed to using the interface with a mouse. With the ability to slide pages with fingers, slide tabs back and forth one finds Win 8 is much more intuitive then one first would expect. With the mouse though it is horrid and one is resentful that one has to buy a touch enabled screen to to get the full benefit of Windows 8 touch UI!


22 posted on 10/28/2012 7:05:05 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (The big problem with dictators is that empowering them always seems like a good idea at the time.)
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To: Sherman Logan

That super virus will be called Ice Nine!


23 posted on 10/28/2012 7:07:56 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sorry, but I am not looking forward to Windows 8’s interface, at all.

My wife and I are now considering an Apple for her.

I don’t trust Microsoft to upgrade a dang thing on ANY portable device. Apple gives you OS, security, functionality, and bug fixes for over FOUR YEARS. And all Apple portable devices JUST WORK.

My family went through four Windows devices and none worked as advertised and they consistently crashed with no option to fix the issues short of buying a new Windows device with a new version of the Windows OS.

Microsoft’s whole approach, which actually seems is also Android’s MO by accident, is to have device makers never bother to upgrade any existing device for longer than six months, if at all.

I can’t tell you how much happier we are with devices that have ACTIVE support one year later!!


24 posted on 10/28/2012 7:10:44 AM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: The Hound Passer

“I was browsing on the Surface and Explorer too forever to load a page and get to native resolution.”

Did you rule out a slow connection to the router/internet source because too many folks were on line at the same time?

I’ve have Win 8/IE 9 on my 5 year old amd machine and it connects really fast and loads pages quickly. I don’t have the “surface machines” though.


25 posted on 10/28/2012 7:13:56 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (The big problem with dictators is that empowering them always seems like a good idea at the time.)
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To: tacticalogic

No, it has plenty of interface changes on the default setting which result in a truly inane user experience. This was not a matter of being set up wrong.


26 posted on 10/28/2012 7:15:00 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: SeekAndFind; ShadowAce; Swordmaker

Hey ShadowAce, this might be worthy of a tech ping.


27 posted on 10/28/2012 7:26:37 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: drbuzzard
This was not a matter of being set up wrong.

That's a matter of opinion. Like I said, the default installation is server core. Your UI is a Powershell console. Somebody had to make the decision to install a GUI on that server, and IMHO, that's wrong.

28 posted on 10/28/2012 7:31:02 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This, on laptops,...

Photobucket

might just slow Windows 8 down a little!

29 posted on 10/28/2012 7:33:38 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: SeekAndFind

My biggest gripe with Windows 8: that radical interface, the biggest change to Windows since Windows 95 arrived some 17 years ago. It’s going to take a while for end users to accept and master that radical change.


30 posted on 10/28/2012 7:35:36 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: mdmathis6
With the ability to slide pages with fingers, slide tabs back and forth one finds Win 8 is much more intuitive then one first would expect. With the mouse though it is horrid and one is resentful that one has to buy a touch enabled screen to to get the full benefit of Windows 8 touch UI!

I don't want to have to buy a touch screen. I don't want to have to move the screen from the far corner of my desk to right in front of my face in the middle of my work area so that I can comfortably touch it. I don't want the fingerprints and smudges on the touch screen taking control of my OCD.

31 posted on 10/28/2012 7:39:03 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: tacticalogic

No, the idea that a powershell console is the default UI is your own opinion. It is not the MS standard by any means.


32 posted on 10/28/2012 7:41:14 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: SeekAndFind

By and large people either hate windows or, at best, tolerate it. Nobody (that I know of) actually likes it. I think any predictions of impending world domination by Microsoft needs to take this into account.


33 posted on 10/28/2012 7:49:22 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Labyrinthos
I don't want the fingerprints and smudges on the touch screen taking control of my OCD.

That's why Windows 8 supports Microsoft's Kinect technology.....to soon allow gesture control without touching the screen at all!

Windows 8 is designed with a lot of future enhancements in mind that will cater to all tastes.

34 posted on 10/28/2012 7:52:13 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Has Microsoft enabled an option in Win 8 to turn off the touch interface or the tiles in what they call the Metro Sexual UI? If I can’t get a classic desktop (and no I don’t mean the workaround where you can get to a desktop but requiring a few key clicks to make it happen). Also is there a classic start menu option? If not I stick with Win 7


35 posted on 10/28/2012 7:57:34 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Sherman Logan
I think in five years all but the phone will have largely disappeared as “computers.”

Not in the Enterprise. And not for a lot of us. To me, it would make a LOT more sense to make the desktop the repository, and the smartphone the dumb terminal.
36 posted on 10/28/2012 8:00:59 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

RE: By and large people either hate windows or, at best, tolerate it. Nobody (that I know of) actually likes it.

So, the fact that Windows dominates over 90% of the world’s operating system requires some explanation.

Why can’t LINUX dominate? I’ve waited a decade for it to overtake Windows but we’re still in the same status quo.


37 posted on 10/28/2012 8:04:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: rlmorel

Yes I have posted that image before referencing the Idiocracy movie scene with the tv showing a crap load of advertisments with a tiny center screen of actual tv content. Windows 8 is the further dumbing down of the populace.


38 posted on 10/28/2012 8:06:34 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

People liked XP, Microsoft hit it perfect

People tolerate Win 7 because it’s more XP like than Vista. Though if it weren’t for programs like Classic Shell more people would really hate 7 also.

The further Microsoft gets away from XP the more people are going to reject their OS


39 posted on 10/28/2012 8:08:05 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: SeekAndFind

The author of this piece doesn not understand Apple’s marketing.

This idea that the Mac-mini is crippled to not cannibalize the iMac and the iMac is crippled to not cannibalize the Mac Pro may not know that the current iMac is already more powerful than a stock Mac Pro.

Apple likes keeping product lines lean, especially after the Gil Amelio disaster. IN fact, Apple discontinued to Mac XServe, and recommended NOT the Mac Pro, but the Mac Mini as a replacement.

Apple is about profits, and when three cell phone models that are more alike than different carve out a huge chunk of the entire market in a short time, when battling against dozens of Android models of every stripe, the result for Apple is $$$$$. Apple would love cannibalization if they could get Mini and Pro users to use the iMac, and the Mac Book users over to the Mac Air. Apple wants folks in their eco system, and they want to keep the number of devices well under control

The author also hasn’t noted that Apple is trying to make OS X more iOS like, so far without the touch capabilities.

The new Microsoft Windows incarnation, like the ribbon interface before it, is a solution to a problem that people weren’t complaining about. I almost suspect, after Microsoft’s failed Windows Tablet Edition 10 years ago, that the ships are being burned to make sure that Microsoft doesn’t bail out this time. That’s a big gamble.

There is a market for a Microsoft OS tablet in the Enterprise, as Apple is aggressively indifferent to security and user management issues. That doesn’t mean they dominate. Rather than converging all computing into the phone, an absurdity, Apple will be the Toyota, IBM will be Mack Truck, and Microsoft will be GM. Everyone making money, some more than others, in differently defined markets.

Desktops and phones are no more converging than pick up trucks and motor scooters.


40 posted on 10/28/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No one that you know likes Windows 8. Well, that dooms it to failure. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that your friends wont make or break this product. There are going to be 500 million people who do like it. All the Apple fanboys and Microsoft haters criticizing Windows 8 probably haven’t even used it. I’ve been running it for months. It convinced me to switch from OS X. Its that good.

Wait, this is the opportunity! Yes, 2013 will be the year of Linux on the desktop! LOL


41 posted on 10/28/2012 8:15:17 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: dangerdoc
I want the bigger processor that runs at higher voltage and has more gates.

Higher voltages means more watts consumed and slower response time, not faster. More gates is good :)

42 posted on 10/28/2012 8:17:08 AM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: Astronaut

Actually I think you are wrong. I can see Microsoft stalwarts hating Win 8, but I can see the Apple cult secretly liking the interface, or stating their love for it publicly. This is a case of Microsoft leading from behind like tryin to be like Apple even though Apple has what 10% of the marketshare?


43 posted on 10/28/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Red_Devil 232

Actually that is a Joe Satriani song from 1987


44 posted on 10/28/2012 8:24:28 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a bit like your cable company, or like the phone company back in the day. Huge market shares, people can’t do without them, but they don’t actually like them.

Linux actually is dominating, or at least holding its own, in phones, servers, and tablets. In desktops and laptops I sense that the combined shares of apple and linux have made inroads in the past 5 to 10 years into windows dominance (definitely the case in my workplace and definitely the case among students).

I think two cards that MS still holds here are 1) Active Directory 2) VMware integration - but overall - they will be sharing market share and mind share with apple and linux.


45 posted on 10/28/2012 8:24:42 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Dr. Sivana

No desktops or laptops. People that do not have to create the convenience toys (iPads, phone etc...) have no clue how the are designed. I want to see someone design an enterprise application or a phone interface without a keyboard and large display monitor. Not to mention processing power and databases. The desktop and laptop will outlast the phone until machines design machines. ... And become self aware... Yikes.


46 posted on 10/28/2012 8:25:09 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: CodeToad
The CodeToad doesn't know its history. Visual BASIC came in 1991. Turbo Pascal was in 1983.

The "stores" make it dead simple for users to buy and load apps and feel less concerned about malware and other parasitic behaviors on the part of developers desperate to monetize customers.

.NET and Visual Studio are old; Microsoft is always introducing and murdering developer technologies. It's become an unreliable partner particularly in the mobile place. Now we see this pathetic article talking about convergence when that was Microsoft's argument for the better part of two decades and yet despite their focuses on one-size fits all PC & Tablet solutions they failed to catch on in the marketplace.

Apple did it by realizing the tablet space would be best served by different usability approaches. That's history. That's what happened in the marketplace. Microsoft finds itself behind the 8-ball.

Metro (Modern) versions of Office and integration into the Win 8 desktop is haphazard at best. It's a poor fit, a shoddy usability experience. This is the kind of thing users have become tired of seeing from Microsoft and why they've started looking elsewhere for something better.

Win 8 on ARM & x86 is as meaningless as Windows NT on Alpha, PowerPC and elsewhere back in the mid-90s. iOS and OS X share a common core, cross pollination is simple and Apple has vast experience in moving or supporting multiple architectures as once.

47 posted on 10/28/2012 8:26:56 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Osama's dead... and so is our ambassador - Coulter.)
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To: qam1

While I think you are correct on some level, I think people tend to draw too sharp distinctions between the various releases of windows. As someone who works in a related industry, I know that when a new release is brought out, it’s not as though they ripped up the old release and started from scratch. That sort of thing is just not possible nor desirable. There is typically a continuous train of development from which specific releases are pulled. If you could look at the source code for windows 2000, XP, Me, Vista, Win7 you’d likely find way more code in common than is different. In many ways the core OS likely stays largely the same while the ‘fit and finish’ is changed partly for functional reasons partly for marketing reasons.

As much as folks liked XP, XP is not coming back, any more than brick phones, cars with huge tail fins, or nehru jackets. All those things had their day and something else has come along to take its place. That’s just how things are.


48 posted on 10/28/2012 8:31:37 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: CodeToad
A primary reason Windows made the grade 20 years ago was the ability for programmers to create applications and load them with ease. Visual BASIC made that happen, followed by Borland C++ and Turbo Pascal. With all these “stores” Apple and others created, it makes loading apps difficult. Developers must ask permission to publish their works and it takes months to get that done. Toss in Microsoft .Net on Visual Studio to easily develop apps and it is a no brainer which development platform developers prefer.

This.

49 posted on 10/28/2012 8:31:55 AM PDT by Noumenon (“The other side wants everything in America to be free, except us.” -- Paul Ryan)
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To: mdmathis6
You can’t do art work, sound editing and pictures on a phone.

Exactly. I do art work, sound editing and video editing for business and there is no way it could be done with precision on a phone or iPad. Major motion pictures are now being shot digitally, can you imagine the film editors trying to put a feature film together on a phone or pad? PCs are going to be around for quite a while.

50 posted on 10/28/2012 8:36:09 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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