Haha. Okay, in all seriousness, without making it sound like I'm disrespecting anybody. The reason I personally don't mind the Start screen is because I would rather use all the real estate I have to look at its contents. I mean, the way I figure, when the Start menu was originally conceived, it wasn't jam packed full of features yet. It just had the basics with Windows 95. But over the past few years it just seemed to me like SO much was crammed into it. Trying to move around little icons to manage my installed software really became a pain. I really don't know how else to explain it. IMO, the Start screen is now a glorious, wonderful dashboard and launching point.
I'll say it again, there was a small learning curve with Windows 8 when I first approached it, but I managed to overcome it. But I respect everyone for how they feel, and I consider opposing points of view as well. It's just that ... well ... I'm okay with it.
Actually I do agree with the notion that the disappearance of the desktop should be gradual, if it happens at all. I'm trying to imagine the Metro-fied versions of Office and other large pieces of software I use, like Cakewalk SONAR X2. I'm not saying it can't be done or that we shouldn't head in that direction, it's just that since we are only at the beginning of this transition, it's going to take some time so people can adjust.
Blue state: Microsoft's tricky strategy to strike back against Apple and Google | The VergeBlue state: Microsoft's tricky strategy to strike back against Apple and Google
...After years of domination, Microsoft is finally facing serious threats at the cores of its business, Office and Windows. Consumers and businesses alike are largely purchasing devices based on their capabilities and form factors rather than the software contained within. Windows is slowly becoming commoditized and Microsoftís traditional allies are looking at Android and Chrome OS as viable alternatives, a trend that threatens the Windows monopoly. Microsoft faces a tricky balancing act as it faces a future thatís very different from its existing business.
Protecting the two cash cows, Office and Windows, by licensing software to businesses and OEMs has long been the strategy in Redmond ó but things are starting to change. Microsoft is moving towards the cloud, and beyond that it sees Blue.
...The other shift with Blue ó software as a service ó also requires consumer buy-in, moving from a product you own to something you rent and pay for annually or monthly. If Windows and Office are truly becoming commoditized then Microsoft has to convince the average customer that itís worth paying to access its software and services in a move away from traditional licensing. Itís a big ask, and Office 365 subscriptions are a testbed for moves elsewhere in the company.
This is not good.
Microsoft is moving towards an era where it may eventually sell access to Windows or its services as part of a subscription, in the same way it has started to do so for its Office 365 service.
Not too mention, you could add and remove services as you need them. Would be nice when you need something for a few weeks, but don't want to pay for permanent use.