I am afraid it is worse than you think.I can't understand why Microsoft is doing this?
It is an attempt to wrest control away from the user.
Eventual aim is that users will have some simple thing they jab at - all else is in the cloud.
Programs or "apps" will all have to be approved by MS - even now win8 is deliberately locked down to restrict choices.
Unless the users reject this thing, in only a few years they will wonder how we got into this awful mess.
I get that. I guess I just can't see the market going along with them. Of course, I could never understand why some people believed Barack Obama either, or that some people are still believing him even though he spews nothing but provable lies and whose policies glaringly contradict everything he says he believes in. So I guess I can see how dumb people can be.
The corporate market could never be replaced by touch screen technology, I am an IT professional, have been for 32 years, I just can't see it happening for another 20 years at least. I could see how the market could seriously split, with two Windows lines moving forward. I do wonder where gamers would get pigeonholed. Would they be relegated to the Xbox? Would the hard core PC gamer get forced out? Will the Gaming software companies decide it is not profitable to continue with PC games if the desktop splits into two worlds, the corporate leaning desktop O/S, and the tablet leaning "Metro" O/S?
I have always hated Microsoft. They have been brutal on the competition over the years. as good as it was, it could have been much better were it not for Microsoft's severe bullying and monopolistic practices. Many an innovative company has fallen to the overwhelming might of Microsoft. Heck, I used to work with Microsoft's Jim Allchin (now retired) at a small company called Banyan, which got bullied and slammed by Microsoft. We had the best WAN software on the planet. It was infinitely scalable unlike Microsoft's products. We were huge in the early 90's until Microsoft forced a license deal and crushed us. With vast sums of money you can do almost anything.
The only force stronger than Microsoft is the user base. We have to be the ones who guide the future by putting our collective $$$ to work where it benefits us. This is why I have no intention of buying another Apple iPhone. I don't want to support Apples protectionist game plan. The users have to be smart. Yes the iPhone is cool, yes it's well made, but damn, all the good apps are in the Cydia store. It's probably only a matter of time the Jailbreaks will fail to function.
You are right, we have to reject Windows 8 and all other attempts at corporate protectionism.
Three days in the life of a once and former Microsoft Surface RT user
I predict that the scenario I'm about to present here will happen over and over and over again. This is not going to be pretty.
Let's follow a typical consumer, Kevin, as he goes to buy a Microsoft Surface RT.
Last week, Sean Hollister of The Verge called a bunch of Microsoft Stores and spoke to representatives. The dialog I'm going to use for the store reps comes from real representatives who gave Sean these (very wrong) answers. Special kudos go out to Sean for doing this research.
Three days in the life of a once and former Microsoft Surface RT user | ZDNet
These articles have something of a point, but they ignore the fact that people deal with this stuff all the time. They don't buy Macintoshes and expect to run Windows apps (without bootcamp or a vm). They don't buy Android tablets expecting to run iOS apps. Maybe some people will be confused by the "Windows" moniker, but I don't think It will be as common as most people think.
It's two new products similar in name, but specifically named differently for different functionality. Throw in that each Windows OS has been a singular product since inception, so this causes assumption.
Perhaps MS was not on the ball in training sales personnel in due time. Of course, they need to correct that. The products are new, so there will be some confusion. I say give time for all to be educated in the differences.
On the other hand, it may be the author taking advantage of isolated incidences to jump on the negative bandwagon. After all, it's easier to be negative.
Good points are faster start than W7, better handling of two screens if they are a different size, and more flexible PUL licence.