Good on you Kat.
We do not have to do what they want.
It doesn't matter if they are a corporation, or Mother Theresa.
We are many, they are few.
I haven't any idea why some people think otherwise.
If you want dramatic examples - it hasn't been great for dictators recently has it?
That is because the people decided not to do what "they" wanted.
You might wonder how the people got into those messes in the first place.
Probably because they didn't know where it was headed.
The few who had their suspicions were told by the collaborators - you must do what "they" want.
Dramatic examples, to be sure - but everyone must be aware of them.
I still have good old XP on an older PC and still boot it up occasionally.Or cancel my internet, and go back to XP...
If they create a compelling product. It's good. I think they've realized in a way they take way too long. For example the wait for from xp to vista was too long and in the end I never thought vista was bad because of performance but more of the interface. The interface has not evolved enough. Vista probably was more secure in that it questioned your every move. But one of the things I've always wanted was a easier way to launch programs that was independent from using the desktop screen. They finally delivered that in windows 7 which was a long time. That was long overdue. If that means they fix some of things on the desktop that would make it work better I'm all for it. I don't hate windows 8 I just don't see the reason for many of the changes that don't make working on it better but instead more difficult. Free would be good because even though I would work on windows 8 out of the box I have not been really enjoying it.
It will be interesting which direction they go with this, improve the desktop with options to bypass Metro (agree this is what's wanted and what they should do), or improve Metro to have multiple 'Windows' metro/standard programs.
It might be something completely new and different.
Blue is the code name. It's still called Windows 8, at least according to The Verge.
3-4 years between major OS releases is perfectly adequate.
And it gives the thing a chance to mature.
Every six-twelve months is patently freakin' ridiculous.
Have an SP every 12-18 months instead.
That, and the closed system/walled garden, is why I will NOT buy Apple products.
And if MS goes down that road, well I have a copy of Mint 13 sitting here waiting for a VM...
Not a hassle to install it as the main OS...... or just stick with 7.
Windows Blue is Microsoft's future low-cost OS with yearly updates
Microsoft is busy preparing its next-generation Windows client, shortly after shipping Windows 8 in October. The Verge has learned from several sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans that the company is planning to standardize on an approach, codenamed Blue, across Windows and Windows Phone in an effort to provide more regular updates to consumers.
Windows Blue is Microsoft's future low-cost OS with yearly updates | The Verge