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Steve Ballmer Suggests Microsoft Has No Backup Plan if Windows 8 Fails

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    In other news, the publisher of the "Windows 8 for Dummies" series is expecting record sales.
    Quoted for truth.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    A tutorial showing you how to use something doesn't necessarily make that something magically good. Perhaps it's not going to be liked, even if it's known how to accomplish it.
    I agree with you. But a good tutorial would certainly help.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8 cannot fail. Everyone who doesn't read all that negative press should actually try and use it, not just the god-awful look. The "SkyDrive" and metro explorer may suck, but please, let's just try it.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Windows 8 cannot fail. Everyone who doesn't read all that negative press should actually try and use it, not just the god-awful look. The "SkyDrive" and metro explorer may suck, but please, let's just try it.
    +1... Time will tell on Win8.
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  5. #15


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    I find that people will at first be iffy about it, sales won't immediately go through the roof as historically speaking, Windows releases have always done that in the recent past. But, once people start using it, they'll be tripped out for sure by it, this is for sure. After some time, it'll grow on those users and they'll come to like it. Granted, they will need some explanation, HP is developing an app for such that will be preloaded on HP machines and will be available for general use across Windows 8 PCs. Of course, there will be the ninny nannies that just won't use it altogether.

    I also bet that Eight Forums will have a HUGE uptick in traffic.

    Guessing that Microsoft has said a few times that Windows 8 is a bet on the future, considering they've refreshed basically EVERYTHING they have to offer, except for the new Xbox and Kinect 2, all bets have been placed and all chips (hehehe, chips, get it?) are in. It's make or break for them.

    It'll pay off. If not now, later.
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  6. #16


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    they'll be tripped out for sure by it
    It might be bad trip for many.



    I also bet that Eight Forums will have a HUGE uptick in traffic
    Traffic on this forum has been pathetic up to now - in comparison to SF at this stage.

    That is because there is little interest in win8.

    Only about 1/5 th as many people are using 8 compared to 7 at this stage.

    Of course, when the oem's start shoving it at people there will be more traffic.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

    Traffic on this forum has been pathetic up to now - in comparison to SF at this stage.

    That is because there is little interest in win8.

    Only about 1/5 th as many people are using 8 compared to 7 at this stage.

    Of course, when the oem's start shoving it at people there will be more traffic.
    In comparison, Windows 7 had the official Beta and RC version and immediately it was announced that all the testers who sign up will get a free copy at the end.
    And it was announced all over internet, on many sites and forums.

    In Windows 8, we had only previews, which anyone could download and try.
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    In comparison, Windows 7 had the official Beta and RC version and immediately it was announced that all the testers who sign up will get a free copy at the end.
    Really ? As I recall there was a very small number who were accepted onto that program.

    I had numerous beta /leak/versions and the RC - I didn't get a free copy. I don't recall any of the regulars - even the team mebers at Seven Forums getting a free copy either.

    You will just have to accept the fact win8 is not popular at this stage.
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  9. #19


    Pure speculation here on my part, of course, but my guess is that most people will adapt and move on, much as they did when there was an uproar about the new interface in XP. Buy a new PC and you have Windows 8: most people will not have the knowledge to install another OS to replace Windows 8 even if they had the media in hand.

    At least here in the states, we're a consumer culture. Sure, there will be complaints about the new interface, and some people may try to go another route (like the fruit company), but in the long run Windows dominates the PC market and that's not going to change anytime soon, until or unless a truly viable alternative comes along. The percentage of PC users who actually have technical skills is small, so they'll have little option but to adapt to the changes if they want to continue using a PC.

    There will surely be a slew of web sites, self-help books, and more devoted to Windows 8. Those with few technical skills will have plenty to help them navigate the new interface, and for most people whose entire PC use is web surfing and e-mail that will be more than enough.
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Really ? As I recall there was a very small number who were accepted onto that program.

    I had numerous beta /leak/versions and the RC - I didn't get a free copy. I don't recall any of the regulars - even the team mebers at Seven Forums getting a free copy either.

    You will just have to accept the fact win8 is not popular at this stage.
    Yes, really! I know of at least fifty people in my town (Zagreb, Croatia), who received an invitation to download Windows 7 from Microsoft Connect.

    ''Dear *****,

    **You are receiving this offer due to your participation in the mini-beta program**

    Thank you for doing your part in making Windows 7 great! As a member of the technical beta program you took the time to download, install and give us your feedback on Windows 7 during development. To recognize your outstanding contribution to the product we are pleased to tell you that your complimentary copy of Windows 7 English is now available on Connect for download.

    Thank you for doing your part in making Windows 7 great! As a member of the technical beta program you took the time to download, install and give us your feedback on Windows 7 during development. To recognize your outstanding contribution to the product we are pleased to offer you a copy of the final version of Windows 7 in your choice of your local language or English. Windows 7 English is now available on Connect for download, while other languages will follow shortly.

    Accept the Invitation

    or copy the following URL and paste it into your Web browser's address bar: http://connect.microsoft.com/windows...**************

    Once you have accepted your invite you may choose to download either your local language or English. English is available now and local languages will follow as they become available. Please check back for your specific language as we will not send email as new ones are added. We will send an email when all languages are complete.

    http://connect.microsoft.com/windows...**************

    You may also request your RTM product key on Connect once you have accepted the invitation.

    **IMPORTANT NOTES**

    ∑ Your product key and images will only be available on Connect for 14 days. You must write this key down and keep it in a safe place. We are unable to replace any lost keys.

    ∑ Your RTM key will only activate *one* image of your choice so please ensure you activate only the language version you wish to keep.

    As always, itís been a pleasure working with each and every one of you!

    Regards,
    The Windows 7 Beta Team

    Jeff, Jura, Paul, Todd, Wendy
    ''

    I also tested lots of unofficial versions and leaks, but one official RC and registration to MS Connect brought me the RTM version of Windows 7 and a key for it.
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