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Microsoft tries to play leapfrog with Windows 8

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    Microsoft tries to play leapfrog with Windows 8


    The company is upending Windows to get back in the game, which is now centered on mobile devices. It won't overtake Apple or Google, but it will apply its money, developers, and persistence to winning.

    Steve Ballmer and his lieutenants have been planning for this day for years. On October 26, Windows 8 officially goes on sale, and Microsoft is back in the game. For several years, Microsoft has been a wallflower, watching as Apple, Google, and others executed on the shift from desktop to mobile and the cloud. That's not to say business was bad for Microsoft. The company has held a 95 percent share of the desktop market, and its enterprise and Xbox businesses are strong. But that's not where the puck, and future massive growth, is headed.

    The future is in platforms, apps, and cloud services that seamlessly span devices, especially tablets and smartphones. With Windows 8, a product that has been in gestation since 2009, Microsoft may be making the biggest bet in its 37-year history. And as the debut of the new Windows nears, the company's top echelon is raising expectations of something big.

    In praising Windows 8, none other than Bill Gates said that the new platform was "absolutely critical" to Microsoft and "key to where personal computing is going." Windows 8 provides a mostly unified platform that works across PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.


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    Microsoft tries to play leapfrog with Windows 8 | Microsoft - CNET News

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    Bill Gates said that Windows 8 is "pretty nifty". How can anyone now have any doubts about it?
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    Bill Gates also saw the potential of touch computing LONG before google or apple ever did, like Windows 3.1, far back.
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    I was working at a newspaper 13ish years ago and one of the editors got a book reader for his birthday or Christmas, and I asked him - do you like it? And he said something like - meh. Didn't think it would catch on, etc. I distinctly remember thinking - you, sir, are an idiot.
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    I hope they are not leaping like a frog - into the water.
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    Hi there

    unless it's a smart phone I LOATHE TOUCHSCREENS.

    Ms and Windows -- could be 2013 R.I.P


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    unless it's a smart phone I LOATHE TOUCHSCREENS.

    Ms and Windows -- could be 2013 R.I.P


    Cheers
    jimbo
    I don't think it is going to be that dramatic. But on PCs, the migration will be slow.
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    I am not a fan of touchscreen on anything that I have to type on. I am using my galaxy s3 for this response with the Swype keyboard. For many things I use the voice dictation which is Dragon aturally speaking engine and works very well. It has taken me at least 5 times longer to post this because I was sick on a touchscreen and not a real keyboard.
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    I was using a touch AIO PC yesterday and being at a normal distance away, but standing, I was able to type rather OK. Not ideal for huge amounts of text, but for search queries it was fine.
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    I think a smartphone or tablet with a touchscreen is great. But those devices figure in the 'toy' category for me. A touchscreen on a PC - especially a desktop - is a nuisance.
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