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  1. #51


    All right, if MS is intelligent and trying to increase profits, why won't they let Windows 8 start with the traditional desktop?

    Because if they let you, some of you would. And MS wants you to keep looking at that Metro Interface. And eventually fool around with it. And maybe start to like it. And wonder how much better it would be if you had a touchscreen. And then buy a mobile device with a Metro touchscreen. And thus buy one more copy of Windows 8.

    That's why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    All right, if MS is intelligent and trying to increase profits, why won't they let Windows 8 start with the traditional desktop?

    Because if they let you, some of you would. And MS wants you to keep looking at that Metro Interface. And eventually fool around with it. And maybe start to like it. And wonder how much better it would be if you had a touchscreen. And then buy a mobile device with a Metro touchscreen. And thus buy one more copy of Windows 8.

    That's why.
    A few (very few) power users/ gamers might agree with that philosophy
    but I can promise M$ that those overpaid consultants are WRONG about the majority of those that are using their computer in the desktop laptop environment.

    I mentioned before I and many others would gladly pay MORE for a version of Windows 8 that simply used the desktop are the default UI everytime (instead of paying for some silly appLICATIONS . I doubt that others here would have an issue with paying extra either, just give the loyal long time customers what they are asking for and stop with the draconian mashing of Metro in our faces.

    I almost find this situation sad and depressing because I always considered M$ the more "benevolent" of the corporate computer software/hardware giants, but now that old feeling is just about gone.

    Back when Windows 3.1 was around you could actually call Redmond and speak with technical support that was located right within their main campus if I recall correctly . Back then and up til Win 95 or 98 I felt that M$ was a responsive company to their customers and was actually reachable....not any more.
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  3. #53


    "...I always considered M$ the more "benevolent" of the corporate computer software/hardware giants..."

    Your statement WAS true, Legacy, when Bill Gates was running things.
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  4. #54


    Well, Gang, the mystery is solved. MS will be producing its own tablet, "The Surface," and it is designed around Windows 8 Pro. So when you buy a new tablet, MS will profit from both the sale of Windows 8 AND the tablet. Look for MS laptops, desktops, and other computing devices in the future, Folks.
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    Almost solved; don't forget the original owner of the 'Surface' name, now renamed PixelSense and providing a viable transition into the age of the NUI (natural user interface) that touch devices literally only scratch the surface of currently. We don't know when Win8 is going to ship yet, but I'd bet you my computer that by the time it does, PixelSense tech may well have advanced enough for MS to start looking at taking thier currently high-end commercial-marketed baby to the consumer market.

    The math runs thus:

    Windows 8
    + desk/laptops
    + personal touch devices
    + cloud access
    + private/public access to PixelSense-driven datapods

    == Massive profits for a range of companies with MS as the leader
    && Full multi-tasking, multi-media, multi-user, multi-context, multi-interface...

    You get the idea. Gotta hand it to Microsoft, the stuff they have in thier R&D departments is truly the stuff of movie dreams, and don't think they don't have a driving plan behind it all. Business-wise, they are bloody brilliant, I'll give them that.
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  6. #56


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Well, Gang, the mystery is solved. MS will be producing its own tablet, "The Surface," and it is designed around Windows 8 Pro. So when you buy a new tablet, MS will profit from both the sale of Windows 8 AND the tablet. Look for MS laptops, desktops, and other computing devices in the future, Folks.
    If the Xbox 360 is a good example of their hardware engineering efforts, count me out.. I wouldn't want a Blue Ring of death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eccles View Post
    + private/public access to PixelSense-driven datapods
    I follow things, I don't follow everything, and I know what PixelSense is - but what the heck is this?
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    Ah, yeah, perhaps I should have elaborated on that. My theory is this: Microsoft will use PixelSense technology as the primary interface to cloud-driven servers in-home and/or in public areas such as net cafes and even shopping centres, where people could share data just by swiping it between the server and the portable device (or someone else's portable device) using NUI gestures. Maybe a futuristic pipe-dream, but many a dream has become reality, it seems the technology is under active development and Microsoft may just have the drive and mentality to make it happen one day. Sure, not by Win8's release, but it's possible it could help pave the way depending on thier success with Metro.

    I just called them 'datapods' because it was the first thing that popped into my head. I don't expect it to stick - it resembles words associated with a particular fruit a little too closely, methinks.
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    Gotcha, Eccles. Thanks. I think you're right that if 8 is successful in the device market it will lead to a huge movement in that direction somewhere. Who knows where. As much as I dislike Metro, I like where computers are headed in general, which is everywhere, which is about time.
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    Well, these days computers are almost everywhere as it stands; I was just a kid when 4-bit microprocessors were the 'norm', and within my own lifetime I've come to accept doing all of my banking, some of my shopping and a large portion of my social networking using the power delivered by a mere 60 extra bits. I can't say I entirely like the way computing has gone and is set to go in future, but I accept it and expect far more 'science fiction' to become 'science fact' in the years to come, at a near- exponential rate. The catch-phase when it comes to computers these days seems to be 'keep up or peek out' - either you embrace the change, or you stare out the peep-hole in your front door wondering where your world disappeared to.
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