[QUOTE=Kerry56;2637735]Perhaps you should look at it in another perspective. Windows 7 is finally moving business off of XP in large numbers. Win 7 is stable, well liked, has good driver support, and has a interface that is easily learned by the millions who have been using Windows in business environments since Win 95 debuted. This is the operating system that Microsoft expects business to use now and for the foreseeable future for desktops and laptops, perhaps even to its end of life in 2020…[/QUOTE]
Yes they are moving to it because of SP1 not because they have to upgrading has a big downside COST…but it does have a big Benefit of being newer and able to be truly multuser access like Unix with one Admin and many users accounts something which XP had problems doing that actually works.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2637735]But anyone who is looking ahead in computer trends knows that we are gradually moving to more portable devices for many of the day to day tasks, slightly more in home use now, but it is also becoming a force in business environments as well. Microsoft has to do something to make themselves relevant in this newer market, and Windows 8 and Windows RT are their solutions for this. By giving users an interim operating system that will work on both their older systems and in the new portables that are being developed, Microsoft hopes to remain dominant and offer their customers some hands on experience using this new type of interface. .[/QUOTE]
Trends are trends but not everyone can afford such devices or need or have to weigh their cost and benefits will they get much in return or do they even really need it? People now days have so much gadgets and yet when the battery or dies they become zombies and can’t do much anything else. We are so stuck to our devices we forgot how to communicate by land line and letters or face to face meetings or emails aka that still exists.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2637735]As we become more accustomed to the touch screen interface in portables, and learn how to use the desktop within Win8 with more traditional mouse and keyboard, Microsoft intends to wean us off the older style and be ready in 2015 for Win9, which I predict will again look nothing at all like Win7 and the traditional MS operating systems of the past…[/QUOTE]
That will be in the eye of the beholder…Once your touch screen no longer register any touch what will you do then??? The good old mouse and keyboard that is what…having a backup is a good alternative to something that can fail whenever.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2637735]Personally, I don’t like the looks of Metro in the slightest, and wouldn’t have much use for it on my desktops. I doubt I will stray from Win7 without some major inducement…say $50 for an upgrade version of Win8. And even then it better have some major improvements under the hood to make me endure Metro…[/QUOTE]
I double that more with a passion…is it so hard to listen to legitiment customer concerns and make a O/S that address their concerns and not your bottom line figures???
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2637735]But if we are considering tablets only, I think Microsoft’s new operating system might tempt me to dip into those waters. But they will have to compete with Android in price and features of the hardware. Microsoft is somewhat at the mercy of their hardware partners in this.[/QUOTE]
Tablets only are a niche market just like smartphone is a niche market. You will never have the retail space a laptop or desktop in screen quality or visual aspects. Lugging around a 20 tablet isn’t what I call a fun day at the office. And also those system are limited in what they store and can offer when you need programs on demand and don’t need connections to do so as they come with full programs and can do more then just text and video chat as laptop can program anaylse webchat and video out something a tablet or Ipad can’t do or have the power to do. Sure the tablets and Ipad can do similiar but those system come with trade-offs with laptops being the weight that is the big concerns. I may be out of the main stream but they way I see it is Tablets and Ipad are just a niche market and just like laptop and desktop are but they reason laptops and desktop still exist is because they will always be there remember all those tablets and Ipad need a laptop or desktop to program and design them…tablets and Ipad don’t design themselves…