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What problem does Windows 8 solve?

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    What problem does Windows 8 solve?


    Summary: Windows 8 is intended to be Microsoft’s platform that does everything for everyone. The problem is it doesn’t solve anyone’s problems, so who will need it?

    As Microsoft gets Windows 8 ready for the Consumer Preview coming shortly I am spending a lot of time thinking about the next OS from Redmond. There is a lot to consider given its multiple personalities. It’s a desktop OS, mobile OS, tablet OS, and touch OS all rolled into one. Rather, all rolled into multiple SKUs depending on the hardware involved. I admit to feeling more uneasy about Windows 8 the more I consider what problem(s) it intends to address. Fact is I just don’t see any.
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    A Guy
    What problem does Windows 8 solve?
    Summary: Windows 8 is intended to be Microsoft’s platform that does everything for everyone. The problem is it doesn’t solve anyone’s problems, so who will need it?

    As Microsoft gets Windows 8 ready for the Consumer Preview coming shortly I am spending a lot of time thinking about the next OS from Redmond. There is a lot to consider given its multiple personalities. It’s a desktop OS, mobile OS, tablet OS, and touch OS all rolled into one. Rather, all rolled into multiple SKUs depending on the hardware involved. I admit to feeling more uneasy about Windows 8 the more I consider what problem(s) it intends to address. Fact is I just don’t see any.

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    It solves nothing, because their is nothing wrong with win 7. However, those upgrading from Vista, will see a lot difference.
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    The problem that Windows 8 solves is Microsoft's. If current desktop PCs and laptops become niche market devices, supplanted for most users by mobile devices that interface to the Cloud, the current MS business model could be in serious trouble.

    I'm not predicting that we'll all be using iPhones and iPads or their Android equivalents in five years. However, I recall the highly successful minicomputer makers of the 1980s (DEC, Wang, Prime, Data General). Rather than adapt to market changes, they went extinct. My guess is that MS is positioning the company so that they'll maintain their near monopoly in computing, even if computing means something quite different from what it meant in 2010. I wouldn't care to bet against MS: I recall how they recovered from failing to foresee the growth of the Web. (Anyone used the Netscape browser lately?)
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    Good point, and I had forgotten all about netscape.
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    Well, that's the question most new Windows systems are released, is there any point to it? Going from xp to vista, what problem did that solve? Probably the security issues, but xp is still being used to this day. Going from vista to 7, it solved performance issues. Going from 7 to 8, it's solving the issue that Microsoft must adapt to current technologies being used by consumers today, much what every new Windows version does also.
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    Microsoft wants to participate in the mobile market. The Metro and especially the RISC processor support are a big effort. There is not a lot of slack left for the traditional desktop users - and the fact that it looks like Windows 7 to the desktop user is not such a bad thing.

    I am afraid we will have to wait for later versions before we will see a lot of new things for the desktop. Even a big company like MS has only finite resources to get the job done.
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    Does it have to solve anything?, no its all about fun , happiness and peace .

    But seriously, it provides platform for developers to solve the problems. the platform itself doesn't have to solve the problems.

    and I can say its a good platform! better than anything before it.

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    Well, if anyone has seen the movie Minority Report, Windows 8 is the threshold to all that cool technology, hopefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Well, if anyone has seen the movie Minority Report, Windows 8 is the threshold to all that cool technology, hopefully.
    Precognition? Very cool indeed.

    (Sorry. Couldn't resist.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Well, if anyone has seen the movie Minority Report, Windows 8 is the threshold to all that cool technology, hopefully.
    They could combine it with aerobics and we could get fit whilst we're using our computers.
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