Not content with changing the user interface, M$ is making it difficult to bypass:
“Microsoft has taken away the UI people know, crippled it with the removal of the Start button and minimize/maximize/close buttons, and put in its place a UI that looks like it was designed by a 10-year old.”
Thank you, M$. It’s great to see you finally innovating and inviting users of PCs to make a choice. Do they want a familiar windowing scheme or the same interface seen on gadgets that fit in a pocket? I expect this means “7” will be the last hurrah of the desktop monopoly and that “8” will never be mainstream at least with business who resist change so much they cling to XP and IE6.
Of course innovation is important and useful so that we can have choices and develop IT that works for us but M$ has not been about that since the days of DOS 2. M$ has always tried to change only so that users will have difficulty changing to other operating systems. That strategy presumed the sheep would always follow to the next step. I do not believe the sheeple will accept “8” cripple-ware just as they did not accept “phoney 7”. Some users will accept “8” but they will be a small segment, likely in the range 20-30%. Certainly the ISVs, who have slaved for M$ all these years, are not going to adopt a new way of operating just because M$ demands it. M$ has gone out on a limb and on October 26 will cut it off. Enjoy the show.
There was a time when Lose ’95 was at the peak of its hype and people did line up to buy it. The bloom was off the rose by the time XP was swamped by waves of malware. Vista cut the monopoly down to a stump. All the pain people endured to change hardware to run the fancy graphics was a total waste. “7” was regrowth and might actually still save the monopoly somehow but “8” will cut down the tree again and poison the root, lock-in. This time, there is no backwards compatibility and forward lies only ugliness. If one is forced to choose a tablet-centric OS, there are many choices: GNU/Linux, Android/Linux, WebOS, etc. “8” is a sinking flagship of the monopoly.
Another crucial matter with “8” is bundling. It used to be that to sell x86 hardware, OEMs had to ship that other OS because the ISVs only supported that other OS. Those days are gone. ISVs not wanting to be cut down with M$’s axe may well adopt GNU/Linux because they can control it instead of being controlled by it. OEMs see that ARM sells without that other OS. The benefits of openness that governments and schools have seen for a decade are now visible to all.