Tuesday, November 20, 2012
And while I could give an integer less than 2 in hoots about Microsoft products, my job does entail knowing about what is available in the world of Operating Systems. Some of the Reglue computers we provide need MS Software from time to time.
It's a good idea to know what you are doing so you can show others how to do it.
That's just how we roll.
So, with several licenses of Windows 7 available to us, I gleefully boogered the drive housing Windows 8 and returned it to meaningful use.
But I got to thinking.
Microsoft found themselves in a bit of a quandary when their (at the time) lastest and bestest offering hit the floor with a thud.
In a word or two, it sucked, as documented well in The History of the Interwebs.
So in 2008, in a surprising turn around, Microsoft gave the go ahead for OEM's to resume installing Windows XP SP3 on computers rolling off the assembly line.
And I think they will end up doing the same thing with Windows 8.
Windows 7 has been well-received. Of course it was, it fixed a problem.
Just like Windows XP fixed a problem.
So I'm seeing a pattern here. From what I am reading, uptake of Windows 8 is not good, but folks seem fairly content with Windows 7 and it's supported for many years to come. I am guessing Microsoft will eventually give the go-ahead to allow Windows 7 to resume production on new machines.
But friends with opinions I trust disagree with me.
They believe, as is probably true, that Microsoft is trying to capture the whole enchilada by introducing an interface that will meld all things computer in our lives. From thingypads to mobile phones to our desktops, Microsoft believes that if they unify the user experience, then they can be reborn as The Next Great Thing in computing.
They want to recreate their success of the 90's.
Personally, with the dinosaurs they have at the helm of The Good Ship Redmond, I don't see that happening. Bill Gates killed the pad device idea years before Apple even thought of it. Why?
Because it didn't look like Windows.
Well guess what. Now Windows doesn't look like Windows and people are not happy about it. From Aunt Tilly to the Boardroom at MegaCorp, the opinion of Windows 8 isn't very good.
This time, Microsoft might hold the line. Some of my peers believe that MS will take the short-term hit in order to gain long-term dominance. They will not capitulate to public opinion and forge ahead with their New Vision in computing.
Personally, and I'm just makin' an observation here.....
I think Microsoft might be needing to change the bed sheets.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 8:37 AM