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Is windows 8 Microsoft's OS/2?

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    Is windows 8 Microsoft's OS/2?


    Oldies will remember OS/2, IBM's original PC OS. It lost out to superior marketing and general public take up of Windows. Sound familiar? IBM did not try to impose OS/2 on their already successful mainframe market because it clearly was not up to the job. Similarly, MS imposing phone and tablet software onto desk and lap tops just to preserve their phones would be wrong.

    I am still trying to use Windows 8 on a newly bought laptop, but so many memories are resonating at the moment. Windows 8 has been designed for mass use in the tablet and phone market. All the pre-installed start screen apps are designed for limited screen real estate and internet information retrieval.

    But it must support the user base who use a computer for more than just email and browsing. And it must support them out of the box, not demand that they reconfigure their default start screen. It would be a shame if reinstating the start menu were the only way to do this.

    Come on, Microsoft, don't give up on the serious work market. Remember, those who ignore history are destined to repeat it.

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    Windows 8 Pro


    Ah the memories....

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    Quote Originally Posted by APHI View Post
    Oldies will remember OS/2, IBM's original PC OS. It lost out to superior marketing and general public take up of Windows. Sound familiar? IBM did not try to impose OS/2 on their already successful mainframe market because it clearly was not up to the job. Similarly, MS imposing phone and tablet software onto desk and lap tops just to preserve their phones would be wrong.

    I am still trying to use Windows 8 on a newly bought laptop, but so many memories are resonating at the moment. Windows 8 has been designed for mass use in the tablet and phone market. All the pre-installed start screen apps are designed for limited screen real estate and internet information retrieval.

    But it must support the user base who use a computer for more than just email and browsing. And it must support them out of the box, not demand that they reconfigure their default start screen. It would be a shame if reinstating the start menu were the only way to do this.

    Come on, Microsoft, don't give up on the serious work market. Remember, those who ignore history are destined to repeat it.
    Regardless of how we who are "power users" - or whatever the vogue term is today - feel, the market is shifting. And it isn't shifting solely in the sphere of the consumer. Enterprise IT is being consumerized at a rapid pace, and in spite of specialized, niche positions, the concept of BYOD is liberating employees from their desks and their traditional desktops. Microsoft is trying to bridge both worlds with Windows 8: they provide the interface that large numbers of new employees are familiar with while providing a desktop for what are likely to become legacy applications in the near future. And that near future is likely to be one where the physical desktop is gone, replaced by tablets or other portable devices that connect to virtualized desktops running on servers that handle all the processing.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by APHI View Post
    Oldies will remember OS/2, IBM's original PC OS. It lost out to superior marketing and general public take up of Windows. Sound familiar? IBM did not try to impose OS/2 on their already successful mainframe market because it clearly was not up to the job. Similarly, MS imposing phone and tablet software onto desk and lap tops just to preserve their phones would be wrong.

    I am still trying to use Windows 8 on a newly bought laptop, but so many memories are resonating at the moment. Windows 8 has been designed for mass use in the tablet and phone market. All the pre-installed start screen apps are designed for limited screen real estate and internet information retrieval.

    But it must support the user base who use a computer for more than just email and browsing. And it must support them out of the box, not demand that they reconfigure their default start screen. It would be a shame if reinstating the start menu were the only way to do this.

    Come on, Microsoft, don't give up on the serious work market. Remember, those who ignore history are destined to repeat it.
    Learn some new keyboard shortcuts in less 10min and you'll have no problems. The Start screen is also fully customisable.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    How can you compare OS/2 with Windows 8 ? OS/2 was a pain in the a$$ to install, we have to change config files to simply make the install work. This is a real tech OS not design for noobs. I really miss it. About anyone can put a Windows 8 DVD in a PC and install it. OS/2 was another time, and Windows 95 win the battle because it was way more easy to install and configure. All true a majority of peoples who are using PC today will have not be able to install Windows 95 as no Internet and forum to help them.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by APHI View Post
    Oldies will remember OS/2, IBM's original PC OS. It lost out to superior marketing and general public take up of Windows. Sound familiar? IBM did not try to impose OS/2 on their already successful mainframe market because it clearly was not up to the job. Similarly, MS imposing phone and tablet software onto desk and lap tops just to preserve their phones would be wrong.
    No. OS/2 failed for a lot of reasons, and very little of it had to do with marketing.

    For example, OS/2 did not work with existing device drivers, which meant writing all new drivers for all your hardware. Wasn't going to happen. OS/2 required much larger and beefier computer configurations, requiring 4-8MB back when that costed $1000 for the memory alone. OS/2's Workplace Shell was powerful, but cryptic and arcane. Most people did not know how to use it to its full advantage. OS/2 had serious problems with its UI, such as the infamous Single Input Queue problem. IBM doomed OS/2 by insisting that it support their 286 customers, because they had promised them it would. IBM's own sales staff refused to push OS/2, and they refused to work with it on their own computers.

    saying they wouldn't put it on their mainframes is silly. OS/2 was written in x86 assembly language, which is why it was so hard for them to port to PowerPC (which they never actually finished).

    However, OS/2 single worst issue it faced was that it came from IBM, who at the time was a major PC vendor. Compaq, HP (they were separate companies then), Packard Bell, Dell, etc... none of them wanted to be dependent upon an OS made by their competitor. Microsoft's independence is what made them so successful. They weren't going to screw over Dell or Compaq in favor of their own computers. IBM notoriously paid zero cost for OS/2 on their PC's, which gave them a HUGE advantage over any competitors.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Pin Desktop items to the Start Screen, get used to a couple of new mouse movements, productivity might actually increase. Then, wait for Windows 3.1 (9).
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    A question Robot, are you still using the Enterprise Demo ?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    A question Robot, are you still using the Enterprise Demo ?
    Yep, have about two weeks left on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Yep, have about two weeks left on it.

    oh I see, you support Microsoft verbally , but not with the wallet.
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