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Windows Blue: Microsoft’s Apple-style OS Strategy

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    Windows Blue: Microsoft’s Apple-style OS Strategy


    Like it or not, Microsoft Windows is the most-used operating system in the world. From international banks to suburban residences, the Windows platform has propelled the PC industry for years. Yes, there’s been the threat from Apple (Cupertino really scored big with the Vista debacle and the triumph of OS X Leopard). But one thing has remained at Microsoft: the Windows life cycle.

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    Huh, there is this line "The one caveat: you’ll need a genuine copy of Windows 8 installed in order to upgrade to Blue. If not, then built-in apps and the Windows Store will cease to function." in the article.

    Tantalisingly that sounds like if you install Blue by itself you get Windows 8 without any of the Metro... stuff.

    Oh if only.
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    I have to say, the article sounded a tad apple fanboy. The triumph of mac os over vista? Yeah, I guess the 500 million Windows 7 licenses sold and used on vista era PCs as well as new PCs are just a drop in the bucket of mac users...

    This is iffy but also at the same time familiar. Windows Phone 7 had the VERY same thing happen to it. It was released as a decent product, DEFINTELY needed improvements but was a great platform nonetheless. A year or so later, the Windows Phone 7.5 update was released that brought a LOT of UI changes and improvements to it. Now, it's going towards 7.8, which will offer more UIs enhancements and features, all free of cost. Then it has gone to Windows Phone 8...

    But even though Windows Phone 7.5 a major update, it was still titled Windows Phone 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have to say, the article sounded a tad apple fanboy. The triumph of mac os over vista? Yeah, I guess the 500 million Windows 7 licenses sold and used on vista era PCs as well as new PCs are just a drop in the bucket of mac users...
    Well, keep in mind that businesses with enterprise agreements are lumped into those numbers as licenses sold...even if they are never used. My company has 300 licenses for Windows 7 and Office 2010. But I'd bet we haven't actually installed more than 150 copies of each.

    Before OSX...Apple didn't have that much appeal. However, lots of people use and aspire to own an Apple product today. Regardless of their limited marketshare, there is no denying they have an appeal factor for many that simply didn't exist previously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have to say, the article sounded a tad apple fanboy. The triumph of mac os over vista? Yeah, I guess the 500 million Windows 7 licenses sold and used on vista era PCs as well as new PCs are just a drop in the bucket of mac users...
    Well, keep in mind that businesses with enterprise agreements are lumped into those numbers as licenses sold...even if they are never used. My company has 300 licenses for Windows 7 and Office 2010. But I'd bet we haven't actually installed more than 150 copies of each.

    Before OSX...Apple didn't have that much appeal. However, lots of people use and aspire to own an Apple product today. Regardless of their limited marketshare, there is no denying they have an appeal factor for many that simply didn't exist previously.
    I think there is a stat out there that says that 625 million PCs are currently RUNNING Windows 7. In a video from UX Week 2012, the lead UX manager from Microsoft said that 500 million licenses were sold, some have been pirated.

    Even still, mac os is a drop in the bucket without the array of software Windows has, without the wide swath of people knowledgeable about Windows, without a good price range from 300 dollars and up, without touch (for people that care and want touch on PCs), and without an updated or customizable UI. I'm sorry, but I'm not a silver/grey/white fan. If I can't have red and black, I will be upset.

    Among other things....

    Personally, I will say the mac hardware is pretty decent, build quality is superb. THAT you really do pay for, but not to that extreme. Honestly I think Windows 8 would pair a LOT more better on a mac than mac os itself. Why? The modern minimalist style of Windows 8 is a better compliment to the modern minimalist styling of apple hardware. Leather stitching, paper tear outs, metal, and shiny reflections is a real paradox to have on something that the most design flair is the apple logo....
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    Hang on, is this not another way of saying Windows 8 isn't the finished article (and never will be! Just like XP was never finished), but will consistently require updates (about a year apart). But the difference is, that M$ would like you to pay for said updates instead of getting them for free.
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    The article is right if they had made vista a much better product that didn't feel half-finished they wouldn't have lost some of that marketshare. However small it is, it is still crucial that they always stay on top of their game. Windows 7 was a much more polished product. However it arrived on the scene much later than it should have. Apple has an appeal where their products look nice and work well. Microsoft does not have that full control over their products. Although now they have realized this and have come up with their own product to show off their software such as the surface. For example at the same price same specs your HP is touchscreen looks much less polished and in my opinion uglier than an iMac. Yes it doesn't have touchscreen but even if you compare the all in ones, the windows counterpart looks lacking in appeal. I just want to see them release new product be it in the form of a service pack or another release more frequently I mean 2-3 years is nice but nothing like from xp to vista.
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    Quote Originally Posted by constantG View Post
    Hang on, is this not another way of saying Windows 8 isn't the finished article (and never will be! Just like XP was never finished), but will consistently require updates (about a year apart). But the difference is, that M$ would like you to pay for said updates instead of getting them for free.
    No piece of software is ever 100% complete in that there are never any ways to improve it or any bugs to address.
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    If Microsoft is turning their attention away from software then, they really should do it this way:

    Buy windows 8.
    Get free upgrade for windows Blue.
    Buy Windows Blue
    get free upgrade for windows XXXX

    I predict that apple will eventually give out free updates of their software since so many people buy the apps they more than make up for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by constantG View Post
    Hang on, is this not another way of saying Windows 8 isn't the finished article (and never will be! Just like XP was never finished), but will consistently require updates (about a year apart). But the difference is, that M$ would like you to pay for said updates instead of getting them for free.
    The Windows Blue update is said to be a free update. It's also like how Windows Phone 7 users got the 7.5 update for free, and will get 7.8 for free as well as other features, again for free.

    apple is no different, every 10.x update, it's usually 20 dollars. An upgrade from mac os 8 to 9, was about over 300 dollars.
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