So MS couldn’t ignore the IPad and fast growth in the mobile market, and now they are betting on a new “reimagined” OS. The Build attendees got a nice new Samsung incentive to start building the future. Success will depend on cheap hardware becoming available and cool apps appearing.
People already spend their money on $700 IPhones & iPads, and on $2000+ all-singing all-dancing PCs (Gaming; Video editing; Development; Business; etc etc). Is there really money left over for consumers to buy yet another $800 device?
Corporations will want to switch OFF the Metro interface. Over many years Microsoft have trained Windows business users to be desktop-centric. To force existing users to be tablet orientated is a complete enigma to most. For those of us that use PCs for our day to day work, having Windows Desktop associations & Start menu throw you out of the desktop into full screen apps is really annoying. Especially when most of us are running multiple large 24″+ monitors.
Microsoft keep insisting there is method to their madness, but serious desktop users don’t see it. It’s like Vista all over again. Microsoft are stubbornly in denial that users hate having a schizophrenic operating system.
Most people seem to enjoy the Metro UI but find it gets in the way of their desktop work.
So many people will be put off and confused by metro and stay on Windows 7. Some users like Windows 8 straight out of the box. Many existing desktop users seem to be installing replacement Win 7 style Start Menus to reduce the rude Metro interruptions.
For myself, I love Windows 8 and wouldn’t go back. My turning point was when I install Start8 fake Start menu. Now I don’t keep getting thrown into Metro.
Steven Sinofsky mentioned many advantages to Windows 8…
- uses less memory/less Power; faster boot & shutdown;
- better performance; better security. better touch. better USB3 support.
- Hyper-V Client included (but requires CPU with SLAT for smoother video)
- Easier boot from VHD (VMs have access to hardware & performance)
- Win7 could boot from a 2 TB drive. Win8 can boot from a 256TB drive.
- Metro needs 1024×768; 1366×768 for full side-by-side experience.
- Supports -3 axis accellerometer / Magnetrometer / Gyro
- Support for NFC Antenna hardware
- Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)+SSD for fastest startup/shutdown
- Copy – All copy jobs in one window. Ability to pause jobs & show performance.
- Explorer: A ribbon UI (can be rolled up and ignored like normal ribbons).
- Photo login (visual touch/mouse login type password)
- All Microsoft inhouse PC hardware tests can now be downloaded.
- Better dual monitor control – Which apps run where; etc
- New Task manager
- etc etc