posted on 12/13/2011 3:04:36 PM PST
by Blood of Tyrants
(Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
This will either be pretty cool, or massively suck. I don’t see how it could be in between.
Given their recent history with their flagship products, I’m betting this will work out pretty well.
posted on 12/13/2011 3:05:25 PM PST
("Fair share" are the last two words I hear before I stop taking someone seriously.)
With one OS? Probably not. With a common UI paradigm and API set? Absolutely - they did before, in the 2000-2007 timeline when Windows ruled (and still does) the PC world, and Windows CE/Windows Mobile was the dominant smartphone OS.
posted on 12/13/2011 3:17:24 PM PST
("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
I'm getting tired of having to do a major upgrade (or get a whole new PC) every couple of years just to run the latest software. I have a WIN7/64 machine, but I still use an XP Pro PC that I will not upgrade (it runs fine). MS's "threat" of not allowing DirectX 10 for XP will not get me to upgrade.
I see my self moving to a game console in the near future for home use. $250 for a PS3, a $20 USB KB, a $20 USB mouse, a wireless connection, Gmail and Google docs: I don't need much more. Plus, it'll play new games far past a point in time where upgrading a PC to run new games can be done.
posted on 12/13/2011 4:24:17 PM PST
(Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
I'm really looking forward to Windows 8
I design some powerful applications using Excel and VBA. Having Excel on a tablet will be amazing.
posted on 12/13/2011 4:30:19 PM PST
(Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
I don't know... Long time Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat, other distros) user here. I've used the KDE and Gnome window managers on multiple distros. For the past several years been using Ubuntu (Gnome). However, in the last couple of releases they've tried to converge their UI between desktop and netbook/tablet (ie. small form factor). It isn't working out.
So in most ways that count, Ubuntu is already there, doing this, and it stinks. The basic OS is great, it is the UI that has problems. Ok, the "unity" interface isn't bad on my Asus eee PC 901. But on my desktop, it is less than satisfactory. I've got everything backed up, and an old test system running Mepis Linux (with KDE 4.5) and I'm about ready to switch my main desktop over to Mepis - the unity thing is that bad.
I wish MS luck - it is a modest technological challenge, but a huge human-factors challenge. Win 7 isn't too bad (just not my everyday OS). Hope they don't blow it with 8. But then, lately they've been running about every other major release toggling between good and terrible so I'm not holding my breath.
posted on 12/13/2011 4:51:20 PM PST
(Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
It’s bound to happen sooner or later, it’s not a certainty it will be Microsoft. Could be Android moving to PC machine.
posted on 12/13/2011 5:10:47 PM PST
by Cyber Liberty
(To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
Ash OS durbatulûk, ash OS gimbatul,
Ash OS thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul?
posted on 12/13/2011 8:42:03 PM PST
To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...
posted on 12/14/2011 4:55:54 AM PST
(Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
I went back to windows 7. I tried 8 developer edition and it was REALLY annoying. Search feature is a huge step backwards.
posted on 12/14/2011 10:59:47 AM PST
(The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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