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  1. #21


    A lot of intelligent points there, Folks.

    Since there is little that MS can do to get people to upgrade their office OS to Windows 8, MS is going after a lucrative new market: portable computing devices. In the prehistoric days of the 1990's, computers, telephones, cameras, and radios were distinct devices. As they blend into one, MS sees (and I agree) that portable computing devices are the wave of the future.

    For the first time, MS is introducing an OS that caters to mobile computing devices, rather than desktop computers.

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  2. #22


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    Interesting bringing up office. It'll be interesting to see what the next incarnation of office is. Will it be 100% Metro? Or Or 100% desktop with maybe a few little metro readers and event notifiers?

    That'll be a big insight into where Microsoft themselves think the far future of Windows for corporate and workstation users will be...
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  3. #23


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    When microsoft bring out the next version of office I think it would either be using just the desktop or would support both because It's unlikely that they will stop making stuff for windows 7 just yet as most people will still probably be using it because they are not sure about windows 8. But it might as be that there is a version which is a web app with some of the features and then to get the full version you have to buy it. As they have the sky drive which allows you to sync your files to it and access them and also edit them with the online app. The abilities not there yet on the windows 8 metro app version but its possible.
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  4. #24


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    Microsoft will not care if enterprises shun Windows 8 - Each new machine will still have a windows license - whether it is 7 or 8, Microsoft will still get the fee. That will be true for the small enterprises that will buy OEM - loaded PCs, or for the large corporations and other organizations with volume licensing. When Microsoft decides to stop issuing licenses for Windows 7, either Windows 8 will be doing OK or Windows 9 will be well on the way.

    It's a Win - Win situation for Microsoft
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  5. #25


    MS developes most everything in the business.....Apple capitalizes on it....
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  6. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    MS developes most everything in the business.....Apple capitalizes on it....
    Apple has style and design, and its own hardware. Most things Applish look good, and that extends to the software and OS.

    Microsoft has keyboards, mice, headsets, webcams and the Xbox and accessories. I've heard there's a Windows phone - is that made by Microsoft, never seen one. Generally they look misshapen, frumpy and dull by design - and seem to have the design ethos "How can we make this look different?" instead of "Does this look funny to you?" - and are getting more odd as time goes by - just like Microsoft software.
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  7. #27


    MS makes profits by selling Windows, and they make more profits if people buy new versions of Windows before their computers wear out. And they are going after a lucrative new market with Windows 8: mobile computing devices.

    MS learned from their mistake with Windows Vista. They tried to introduce a superior new product that was so good that people would buy new computers to run it. But an economic downturn was in progress when Vista was released, computers designed for Windows XP had too many problems with Vista, and Vista flopped. Or did it?

    A survey released yesterday shows that 7% of all computers use Vista, while 5% use Apple's two newest OSes. Vista really is better than XP (the world's most popular operating system) but only if you have a computer powerful enough to run it. Vista isn't a bad OS, but it was too far advanced for its time. And MS has learned from its mistake.

    Windows 8 will run well on machines designed for Windows 7. But does MS have a plan to get desktop users to upgrade to an OS they don't need?
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  8. #28


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Interesting bringing up office. It'll be interesting to see what the next incarnation of office is. Will it be 100% Metro? Or Or 100% desktop with maybe a few little metro readers and event notifiers?

    That'll be a big insight into where Microsoft themselves think the far future of Windows for corporate and workstation users will be...
    Office 15 will still reside in the Desktop. That might be one of the reason why Microsoft decided to keep the Desktop UI in WinRT. It will however have another window control button to enter into a full screen mode. And yes, it's very metro styled and is designed for touch input.
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    MS developes most everything in the business.....Apple capitalizes on it....
    Apple has style and design, and its own hardware. Most things Applish look good, and that extends to the software and OS.

    Microsoft has keyboards, mice, headsets, webcams and the Xbox and accessories. I've heard there's a Windows phone - is that made by Microsoft, never seen one. Generally they look misshapen, frumpy and dull by design - and seem to have the design ethos "How can we make this look different?" instead of "Does this look funny to you?" - and are getting more odd as time goes by - just like Microsoft software.
    Windows Phone | Cell Phones, Mobile Downloads, Mobile Apps, and More | Windows Phone 7
    This here is the Windows Phone 7, which has the highest user satisfaction rating that only the iphone has, the co-founder of apple, Steve Wozniak, owns and praises, has been critically review as a much higher satisfaction rating than android, and has even been called the phone that has "out-appled apple." Best of all, it puts people first. And why have you not seen one? Bad marketing on Microsoft's behalf and Windows Phone hate among phone carriers, except att, that are more concerned selling you a crapdroid device so they can sell you more services and get profits quicker. That there is true.
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    MS makes profits by selling Windows, and they make more profits if people buy new versions of Windows before their computers wear out. And they are going after a lucrative new market with Windows 8: mobile computing devices.

    MS learned from their mistake with Windows Vista. They tried to introduce a superior new product that was so good that people would buy new computers to run it. But an economic downturn was in progress when Vista was released, computers designed for Windows XP had too many problems with Vista, and Vista flopped. Or did it?

    A survey released yesterday shows that 7% of all computers use Vista, while 5% use Apple's two newest OSes. Vista really is better than XP (the world's most popular operating system) but only if you have a computer powerful enough to run it. Vista isn't a bad OS, but it was too far advanced for its time. And MS has learned from its mistake.

    Windows 8 will run well on machines designed for Windows 7. But does MS have a plan to get desktop users to upgrade to an OS they don't need?
    vista a superior product? What? vista was really not a whole lot better than xp. If it was, it was after two service packs in the long run, and you had to dig up some settings here and there to get some performance increases when it first came out. Its code was plagued with fragility where even starting up the system would cause issues with the Windows registry. Having an OS that needs new hardware to run it is NOT a superior OS in my book.

    Besides, vista itself was not a superior OS ahead of its time. What was superior and VERY ahead of its time was Windows Longhorn, the concept of vista. It was so ahead of its time, literally a decade after its concept, we're still seeing the main things about Longhorn still in Windows 8, like new coding standards and an overhaul to the UI. Even in 7 with Libraries, that came from Longhorn. vista was its poo essentially, it had to be scrapped and Server 2003 had to be used to build vista because too many technologies and features were being built upon an old system which was xp.

    Heck, Windows 8 has been called "The Longhorn Dream"....
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