I think I am a "windows fan" because that is the easiest way to get my work done. I do browse through the Apple store all the time though. In essence, I am not a fan, at all. I live and work in society and take a modicum of responsibility for my actions and words.
I think that Steve Ballmer has always been kind of a loose cannon, but he eventually makes sense and will do the right thing here. Perhaps He wouldn't be at the top if he weren't a good businessman. I guess he just meant that The MS App store would provide an enhanced version of the Apple App store. That is just business. Shakespeare did this with literature and Ford did it with automobile parts. Bill Clinton reinvented the political party to which he was a member.
Ballmer's only a "fool" here because we (posters) can hide behind the safety and anonymity of this discussion thread. We all have handles like HawkWind, FnordMoDorker57 and BolderSquint787 (and etc) that , we think, keep us safe from the tiresome accountability of life.
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I hate to break the news, but Bill Gates first started the tablet PC wave a decade ago. He originally believed in touch computing, as you can find Windows 3 built for pen input. Heck, he even lead the most massive redesign of Windows back with 95! He's totally fine and accepts the Surface tablet. I'm a little bit surprised that he didn't even have an input with Windows 8 as it's something that he would had helped to orchestrate.
What it gets down to is a religious argument. That's why Ballmer is a "fool" and an "idiot" now without anyone ever having to cite any facts whatsoever.
Bill Gates is a philanthropist. He is no longer a technological savior and I don't think he is aiming for godhood either. Since I will cite no facts or data about the career of John Sculley, I will not form an opinion to share. And I will not attack him personally.
As far as I know (and it's not much), Culley wanted to conduct business with an IBM-style marketing method. He increased Apple's net worth from 18 million to 8 billion (50%). He was once CEO of PepsiCo. He was forced out in 1993 because of his controversial business ideas that conflicted with Jobs' ideas.
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worst CEO in the country a few months ago.
I have no clue how 8 will do in the marketplace, but I cannot imagine it will match the success of 7. There was broad-based excitement before the release of 7. That's not happening with 8. Yes, there are lots of people looking forward to 8. I do not deny that. But you didn't see these kinds of stories on the eve of 7's release:
Acer halves PC sales estimates and cautions over Windows 8
Game Developers Bash Microsoft’s “Wrongheaded” Windows 8 Strategy
Microsoft's Got A Big Problem With Windows 8
Defining moment for software giant falls flat
Heck, just look at a bunch of threads in this very forum - SevenForums didn't have this sort of reaction. It was the total opposite. I hate knocking MS because I like Windows very much, but it is what it is.