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    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Who knows whether 8.1 is going to be a winner - only time will tell. Gartner must have a special crystal ball.

    I would suspect that M$ has frustated enough of their PC user base with 8.0 to make 8.1 a bummer too.
    First sentence: I was thinking the same thing. How can something be called a "winner" when it hasn't even been released yet?

    Second sentence: Many users are going to be very upset with 8.1 because MS isn't really correcting the issues users are complaining about. Yes, they are putting the start button back in place, but it sounds as though the button doesn't work the same as it did in previous Windows versions. When you click on the start button you should see the familiar menus. That isn't what MS is doing with 8.1. Is it really that difficult to give people the option to switch back and forth between classic and new menus? The phrase "putting lipstick on a pig" comes to mind when describing 8.1.
    I say more: They are making it impossible to use Classic Shell, Start8 and other third party solutions, at least it's what I could ascertain in the server flavor !


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    The phrase "putting lipstick on a pig" comes to mind when describing 8.1.
    That's exactly what they are doing. That so called 'Start button' is a joke. I can just as well push the Start button on my keyboard. What they are doing is an insult to their user's intelligence.
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    I think they might do fine with the tablets.

    Massive promotion budget, and presence via oem's everywhere.

    Because of that, the os would have to be truly disgusting to do badly. It is probably ok for tablets, so MS might get 20% or more.

    It might continue to keep potential buyers away from pc's. We shall find out.



    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Who knows whether 8.1 is going to be a winner - only time will tell. Gartner must have a special crystal ball.

    I would suspect that M$ has frustated enough of their PC user base with 8.0 to make 8.1 a bummer too.

    Maybe M$ can get a small share of the mobile market (very small share) - but if that is at the expense of the PC market, they made a very poor trade-off.
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    Looks like they are aiming for the LCD.


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    That's exactly what they are doing. That so called 'Start button' is a joke. I can just as well push the Start button on my keyboard. What they are doing is an insult to their user's intelligence.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by chrisa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DooRules View Post
    And stop trying to say the price of MS stock has anything to do with how 8 or 8.1 was received. MS stock price has been around the same numbers for many years, stagnant.
    Or you could use a better word than stagnant.... stable.

    For guys that don't try to use the stock market like a Vegas roulette wheel trying to guess which jackpots are going to hit... a stable stock can be a very good thing as an investment.
    My thoughts exactly. Stable.

    MS, Apple, Google, and other Corps have been profitable, but that's not the point. It's about investor confidence of what they think a company will do in the future. It's like a farmer who won't plant seeds in bad soil or thinks there will be a drought. He/she may invest their money in something like cattle instead.

    I would imagine that Apple stock took a hit when Steve Jobs died. That would certainly put a damper on investor confidence.

    BTW, large corps are faring well during this world wide recession. It's mostly small business that took a big hit.

    I don't think 8 was targeted at enterprise, although some may adopt it. I think eventually customized apps specific to a business will enter the scene. I've read articles on that.

    All in all, don't forget that Microsoft has an ace in the hole > 7.
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