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    Why Microsoft redesigned Windows


    Windows 8 has its fans and foes, but Microsoft felt the time was ripe for a new look and feel for a product used by more than 1.2 billion people.

    Julie Larson-Green, the new head of Windows product development, recently spoke with MIT Technology Review about the reasons behind the major changes in the latest version of Windows.
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    Will have to agree in time for change, albeit there will be those who do not agree. . .
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    Thanks, Bill. Good article.

    It's a proven fact that any business has to adjust to market trend or lose the share. MS saw fit for a change and rightfully so.

    How natural for one to use one's own finger to navigate. Weird at first for those of us who have been using mouse and keyboard for decades. But, that's the magic that MS incorporated into 8 -> It works just as well with familiar peripherals to navigate and for more precision as the article stated.

    I feel MS did a great job on their first endeavour in this change. I find the experience to be more of a personal one as the article highlighted. Of course 8 is not perfect as anything else. I think there will be better things to come in the future.

    Yes, Joan, unfortunately there will always those whom always disagree.
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    *yawn*
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    I couldn't care less. If I can't choose what I like.
    If there is no option, it's not a change. It's the-way-it-is-now like all "normal users" see it. It's the new stuff, we don't even compare whit what was before. Everybody forgets what was before.
    When you get the freedom of options however, then you can realy see what changes they made, compare before and after, choose the best of it.
    No option, no customization looks so much disposable, single-use. Now Windows looks like it's the OS you buy with the device. Once you buy a new device, in afew years it will be another OS - yeah, of course, it's a new device -. It's EOM. Installed once and for all. You don't reinstal. You don't re-use it on another machine.
    So when for each new machine there is a new OS and for each new OS you have new machines, how can you compare?
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    http://morescaryrobots.com/files/201...vs_desktop.png

    And thus, Windows Tableight was born.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnulty View Post
    http://morescaryrobots.com/files/201...vs_desktop.png

    And thus, Windows Tableight was born.
    I think I posted that in another thread and the thing to note is that desktop/notebook shipments (and most likely sales) aren't really declining, they are remaining steady, so it's still a venerable cash cow. On the other hand, smart phone shipments (and again, sales) is growing, but the thing to note is that smartphones are churned way faster than desktops/notebooks which tend to be used for many years before discarding.

    The competition for smart phones is also furious, but not so for desktops/notebooks, so naturally you will see the figures for smart phones exceed that for the desktops/notebooks. But to use that as the raison d'etre for invoking a mobile phone interface on a desktop is patently weird.

    The other thing to note is that those figures do not break down the sales of brands, or more appropriately, the OSes that dominate the mobile phone space. Where Microsoft wants to be and where it will actually be in several years time is what will be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnulty View Post
    http://morescaryrobots.com/files/201...vs_desktop.png

    And thus, Windows Tableight was born.
    I think I posted that in another thread and the thing to note is that desktop/notebook shipments (and most likely sales) aren't really declining, they are remaining steady, so it's still a venerable cash cow. On the other hand, smart phone shipments (and again, sales) is growing, but the thing to note is that smartphones are churned way faster than desktops/notebooks which tend to be used for many years before discarding.

    The competition for smart phones is also furious, but not so for desktops/notebooks, so naturally you will see the figures for smart phones exceed that for the desktops/notebooks. But to use that as the raison d'etre for invoking a mobile phone interface on a desktop is patently weird.

    The other thing to note is that those figures do not break down the sales of brands, or more appropriately, the OSes that dominate the mobile phone space. Where Microsoft wants to be and where it will actually be in several years time is what will be interesting.
    Alright, I'll drop you another hint:

    StatCounter Global Stats - Browser, OS, Search Engine including Mobile Market Share

    Now, how's Microsoft doing on the mobile space?

    StatCounter Global Stats - Browser, OS, Search Engine including Mobile Market Share

    Not good.
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    That 200 million/year cash cow of desktop/notebook sales is looking pretty good. Even at $5 per licence and assuming 90% of sales is Microsoft, that's almost $1 billion per year. You wouldn't want to kill that just for a merry looking start menu.
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    The change is more like from windows to window . A change may be necessary but the choice and the way is wrong.
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