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Microsoft's future riding on Windows 8
AP via Yahoo ^ | February 28, 2012 | Michael Liedtke

Posted on 02/28/2012 7:17:12 PM PST by EveningStar

Microsoft is scrambling to preserve what's left of its kingdom...

The stakes are much different as Microsoft Corp. puts the finishing touches on Windows 8 ...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: microsoft; windows; windows8
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1 posted on 02/28/2012 7:17:17 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I’ll pass.


2 posted on 02/28/2012 7:20:25 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: EveningStar

My guess is, because this is Windows last chance to get into mobile or disappear into just being a server company or something, they will probably give more value for the money than Google or Apple.

I’m hoping for a Windows phone w/ keyboard. That’s what I really want.


3 posted on 02/28/2012 7:21:16 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: EveningStar

Let me know when service pack 2 comes out. I won’t touch any MS product before then.


4 posted on 02/28/2012 7:21:35 PM PST by null and void (Day 1133 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: EveningStar

Nope .. 7 is likely the last OS of this lifetime


5 posted on 02/28/2012 7:22:49 PM PST by tomkat (FUbo)
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To: EveningStar

It’s way too soon for a new Windows. We haven’t learned all of Windows 7 yet. Consistency is critical and a new OS every two years is not OK.


6 posted on 02/28/2012 7:24:29 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Poser

I think Mucrosoft agrees with you, but for them to go mobile, it was now or never. From what I read, they could not wait two years to go mobile. They would have been shut out.


7 posted on 02/28/2012 7:27:02 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: EveningStar

They never issued Windows 4, 5, and 6. Still waiting for those.


8 posted on 02/28/2012 7:28:15 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: EveningStar

Every other Windows operating system that comes out tends to be the good one.Before Vista I had a good one, and my other puter hast the Seven, and the one that still has Vista still has its issues.

I am thinking along those lines that number Eight will be crappola.


9 posted on 02/28/2012 7:29:35 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: EveningStar

The only person I despise as much as the Obamabutt is Gates.

May Microsoft die, die, die...and take all the crappy software with it.


10 posted on 02/28/2012 7:29:41 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: tomkat

My minitower computer still runs XP. I think I’ll upgrade when windows 9 comes out.


11 posted on 02/28/2012 7:30:57 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: EveningStar
Sheesh! MS is calling their cloud server, SkyNetDrive.
12 posted on 02/28/2012 7:31:30 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Jonty30

I think it’s too late. Between Apple and Android, the market is set. Unless Microsoft comes up with something exceptional that works on really popular hardware, they missed the boat.

Microsoft became big by putting their operating system on the hardware that was the most standard (and way cheaper than Apple). I don’t think that market is available on mobile devices.


13 posted on 02/28/2012 7:31:42 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Poser
It’s way too soon for a new Windows. We haven’t learned all of Windows 7 yet. Consistency is critical and a new OS every two years is not OK.

Mega dittos.

I've only had a Windows 7 computer for about 8 months now, and am still getting acclimated to it. It's a stable system, but dammit, I can't find a lot of my old XP tools anymore. Grrr....

14 posted on 02/28/2012 7:33:06 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Revolting cat!

3.1=1
95=2
98=3
me=4
xp=5
vista-6


15 posted on 02/28/2012 7:33:33 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Poser

They said the same thing about the game console market.


16 posted on 02/28/2012 7:34:46 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Eye of Unk

I have a five year old laptop computer running Vista and I have no problems.

My desktop has 7 and it’s an excellent OS.

Microsoft is throwing everything behind 8, as it cannot afford to have it be problematic. So, I’m expecting a near flawless OS, as it cannot afford to have it otherwise.


17 posted on 02/28/2012 7:35:04 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: EveningStar

The no longer have hotels on Boardwalk, Park Place and the green properties. They once did. Too bad for them.


18 posted on 02/28/2012 7:35:54 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: mamelukesabre

NT 2000 was the one I used the longest. I’m still running a server with that operating system. It works great. Eight SCSI drives in two Raid configurations with a Dell Server with two power supplies. Good stuff!


19 posted on 02/28/2012 7:37:56 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: mamelukesabre

I hear ya .. the lappy out in the shop still runs xp, and will prolly do so til the sawdust finally chokes it to death.


20 posted on 02/28/2012 7:39:50 PM PST by tomkat (FUbo)
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To: mamelukesabre

APOLOGIST!


21 posted on 02/28/2012 7:40:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Internal Version....... Known as
Windows 4 ——— Windows NT 4.0
Windows 5 ——— Windows 2000
Windows 5.1 —— Windows XP
Windows 5.2 —— Windows XP SP2
Windows 6 ——— Windows Vista
Windows 6.1 —— Windows 7


22 posted on 02/28/2012 7:40:24 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: mamelukesabre

“They said the same thing about the game console market.”

Microsoft is the one I don’t have.


23 posted on 02/28/2012 7:42:53 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: EveningStar

Abort, Retry, or....

FAIL>


24 posted on 02/28/2012 7:43:23 PM PST by bigbob
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To: EveningStar

Typical trype from blogs proclaiming Microsoft to be finished and people claiming that they will never ever use this OS.

Every version gets this predictable response from cocky Apple and Linux people.


25 posted on 02/28/2012 7:44:07 PM PST by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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To: Poser

I wouldn’t count them out. Everybody thought the gaming market was saturated as well, but they are the big boy there.

I saw a chart that compared Microsoft’s growth with Android’s and, for the same time period, Microsoft is growing faster. So it will be interesting to see what happens.

If Microsoft is willing to give a better experience than Apple or Android, and are willing to stay in, at all costs, even taking it on the chin during their growing phase, they will probably be fine I suspect.

But this is one fight they cannot afford to lose. They will essentially be out of the consumer market if they cannot succeed here. That’s their situation.


26 posted on 02/28/2012 7:45:09 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: mamelukesabre

3.1=1
95=2
98=3
me=4
xp=5
vista-6

WIN 2000? Did ME come out at the same time?


27 posted on 02/28/2012 7:45:24 PM PST by Neanderthal
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To: Poser

for me it went:

DOS with automenue
3.11
98
XP
vista
XP

I was very late to every OS except vista, which I was an early adopter. I don’t expect I’ll be early to any OS ever again. Well, maybe to windows 9 I will. It depends how long it takes for them to come out with windows 9. I’d like to skip over vista, seven, and eight. I fear XP is going to be a relic in about 2 years. But maybe not, ya never know.


28 posted on 02/28/2012 7:49:07 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Neanderthal

ME was the worst OS Microsoft ever put out. NT was probably their best. XP was excellent after SP3. Win 7 seems to be very good from the start. That’s probably because it is Vista after two years of beta testing. I was partial to DOS 3.3 and CP/M for their simplicity and compactness as well.


29 posted on 02/28/2012 7:50:47 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Neanderthal

I thought win 2000 was for servers, not desktops. I dont’ remember because I never had either one of them. I went from 98 to xp.


30 posted on 02/28/2012 7:51:18 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

What about my favorite Win2K?


31 posted on 02/28/2012 7:52:01 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: mamelukesabre

2000 was NT. Microsoft was still selling the regular and heavy-duty versions. ME was so bad that they used NT as the basis for XP and discontinued the weaker version.

Now they are trying to separate the systems again with Pro, home and media editions, but the basic kernel is the same.


32 posted on 02/28/2012 7:55:03 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: mamelukesabre

XP is a relic. Microsoft is no longer supporting. They stopped supporting it a year or two ago.


33 posted on 02/28/2012 7:55:58 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Not true. It was given and extension.


34 posted on 02/28/2012 7:57:46 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Jonty30

“XP is a relic. Microsoft is no longer supporting. They stopped supporting it a year or two ago.”

I’m still getting updates every Tuesday. I’ll update when those computers die. I think I still have two unused licenses for XP Pro SP3.

All of my new machines are dual booting Win7 64 bit and Ubuntu Linux.


35 posted on 02/28/2012 7:59:06 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: mamelukesabre

Ok.

Is it just patches, or are you getting driver updates as well?


36 posted on 02/28/2012 8:01:17 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Poser; Jonty30

On April 8, 2014, all support for Windows XP, including security updates and hotfixes, will be terminated.[2] Users will still be able to download old updates and hotfixes from Windows Update. Microsoft recommends that users upgrade to Windows 7.[107]

On January 14, 2020, support for volume license users downgrading their licenses from Windows 7 to Windows XP ends, making Windows XP officially obsolete.[3]


37 posted on 02/28/2012 8:01:33 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Jonty30

Can’t say for sure, but I would guess both. There’s zero problems with drivers of any kind no matter what new stuff I’m attempting to use.


38 posted on 02/28/2012 8:05:26 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: EveningStar

Still waiting to see the mythical open-source Exchange killer.


39 posted on 02/28/2012 8:05:38 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Good to know.

I should power up my laptop. It’s been a while since I’ve last updated.


40 posted on 02/28/2012 8:05:45 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: mamelukesabre

You’re messing up not embracing 7. It’s darned good.


41 posted on 02/28/2012 8:12:29 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: EveningStar

Drive by poster.


42 posted on 02/28/2012 8:14:36 PM PST by upchuck ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclas. 10:2)
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To: upchuck

Who is a drive by poster?


43 posted on 02/28/2012 8:22:00 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Interesting Times; Revolting cat!
> Internal Version....... Known as
Windows 4 ——— Windows NT 4.0
Windows 5 ——— Windows 2000
Windows 5.1 —— Windows XP
Windows 5.2 —— Windows XP SP2
Windows 6 ——— Windows Vista
Windows 6.1 —— Windows 7

So, will "Windows 8" be really 6.2, or 7.0?

I'm betting 7.0 (no I haven't looked yet).

44 posted on 02/28/2012 8:25:07 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: mamelukesabre
3.1=1
95=2
98=3
me=4
xp=5
vista-6

Not exactly :) There was the old pre-win95 OSes 1 through 3.x

Following those the official numbering series is:

Windows NT 3.5 = NT 3.5
Windows NT 4 = NT 4
Windows 2000 = NT 5
Windows XP/Server 2003 = NT 5.2
Windows Vista/Server 2008 = NT 6
Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 = NT 6.1


Windows 8 should probably be 6.2 as the kernel is an evolution of the NT 6 one.

45 posted on 02/28/2012 8:26:09 PM PST by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Poser
> It’s way too soon for a new Windows. We haven’t learned all of Windows 7 yet.

Hell, I still have a few XP systems unconverted to 7. I'm not going to leapfrog them to 8, either.

I may stick with Windows 7 for the NEXT decade, like XP was the PRIOR decade.

46 posted on 02/28/2012 8:27:22 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Windflier
I can't find a lot of my old XP tools anymore. Grrr....

What are you looking for? Maybe I can help.

47 posted on 02/28/2012 8:30:20 PM PST by upchuck ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclas. 10:2)
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To: EveningStar

A drive by poster is one who excerpts two or three sentences from the article, not even coming close to the 300 words we are allowed. Then posts that and disappears.


48 posted on 02/28/2012 8:35:09 PM PST by upchuck ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclas. 10:2)
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To: Poser

Exactly. Windows 7 was a great leap backwards in some ways; need to improve not introduce Windows 8!


49 posted on 02/28/2012 8:36:40 PM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: Windflier

It’s not just you! If I were job-hunting I’d seriously have to downgrade my skills from Expert to Fumbling in the Dark for Office 10/Windows 7. Especially miss XP Windows Explorer search; Windows 7 Explorer search is useless and horrible!


50 posted on 02/28/2012 8:40:04 PM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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