Of course there will still be demand for desktop PCs. But MS didn't corner 85% of the OS market by making core products which appeal mainly to minorities. Windows is a mainstream product, and the trend among the mainstream is away from traditional computing and towards tablets and touchscreens. That will be the case however many PC enthusiasts complain about it.
That doesn't contradict anything he said though. Most people use their PC's as consumption devices, not for multipurpose computing or production work. Desktop PCs are already a much smaller percentage of overall computer sales compared to a decade ago.
I think at the end of the day you are always going to have people divided on this, but I hardly think the people that don't like it are a minority of only a few, nearly everything written about Windows 8 in computer mags or on forums or websites all has people saying they don't like metro.
And as for "Most people use their PC's as consumption devices, not for multipurpose computing or production work", well isn't that what people use a pc for ? Multipurpose computing or production work? what else do they use it for?
So lets cut out the snide persons, attacks and concentrate on the arguments, which seem to have polarised into an 'either/or' instead of perhaps side by side.
The rate of growth if tablets is increasing - and the tablet/touch interface is not just confined to consumer devices. Bought a train ticket at a self service ticket machine? That's an embedded Windows O/S. Candidate fir Windows 8? Maybe. What about the ticket sales machine the guard uses. Touch device. Supermarkets, cash registers.. Lots of touch devices.
That doesn't rule out Win7 in an office environment, which is why Win7 is being supported for at least another 8 years.
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I deplore the rush to the touch interface at the expense of the Kbd/monitor/mouse interface, first introduced by Apple. And not only my MS; I don't need to point out the introduction of Unity and Gnome 3.
Apple have got it right (as was pointed out earlier in the thread) with two variants of their OS, one for tablets and touch devices, one for the desktop PC. Maybe MS will follow a similar path.
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Am I right in saying, aidanjt, that your issue isn't specifically with windows 8, but more the MS policy of largely only selling one version of its OS at a time? This is the 'forcing' element that you are referring to?
Did you have the same concern for XP, Vista, 7 etc? If so, I can understand the frustration, particularly if you didn't like any particular OS release as you don't appear to like Windows 8.
However it makes perfect sense from a business point of view. There's no reason Microsoft should be forced to compete with itself, and it appears there is enough competition out there for you to have choice when it comes to buying a computer as to what kind of OS you want on it (*nix, OSX, Windows.. maybe even Chrome or Android in the near future)
If you would prefer something not offered by the market any more, and you think it's a view held by a sizeable number of people then why not create a product to fill it? Unless you are in a minority then you should be able to put together a convincing business case.
So that accepted, what I continue to object to is that non-touch-enabled users - for whom this latest UI is a retrograde step - have been given no option. No "Windows7 classic" desktop, and it would appear (from discussions elsewhere) that if someone dares to offer that alternative then MS are busy trying to shut them out.
(* thought occurs, there seems to have been quite a few announcements about Kinect for Windows. And it strikes me that if they could get this working very close up, then you've got a way of enabling correct Metro use on a legacy box. And at not much additional cost to the user. Hmm, interesting)
Getting back to the article - I've got to wonder whether Windows7 sales will continue to increase post Win8 launch with perhaps Windows XP users finally deciding to take the plunge and "go '7" rather than "makin' a date with 8".
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For the record i'm not really convinced by Metro thus far but I barely see it using it fulltime in a working environment.
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