I’m saying that Windows 10 is not Windows 8, plus a bunch of fixes. It’s Windows 8, plus a bunch of clutter from Windows 7.
I’m saying that improving the desktop experience can’t — and doesn’t have to — come at the expense of the touchscreen experience. But right now, it does.7
I’m saying that Microsoft could — and should — have fixed Windows 8 without just going back to Windows 7.
And that’s the thing about the standard PC user experience. Between the adware and crapware that’s preinstalled it’s hard to figure out what’s actually malware. Microsoft has tried to help by selling computers through its own stores that are bloatware-free and by allowing OEM customers to make clean Windows installs for a nominal fee.
You don’t have to do this. You can instead choose to live in the equivalent of a 19th century workhouse, continuing to slave away for free for a PC OEM or an adware company. But at some level the cost of cleaning up the computer or the opportunity cost of not cleaning it up should be factored into the price. Yes, I technically got the computer for $719, but this extra junk reminds me that I didn’t get something approaching Apple’s level of user experience (and something only vaguely close to Apple’s build quality).
The other day I quickly closed the window asking me to update my Flip4Mac Player installation. Early this morning I went to their website and discovered that the software now is pay-only, while in the past the basic player was free (as in beer) and there was a path of pay-a-fee upgrades available.
I’ll store my free DMG installation file, but I think I’ll remove it from my list of “to have” apps… The lack of the link is intentional :-(
An extended review of Microsoft’s Surface by Lukas Mathis, honestly compared to iPad for the real world ‘productivity‘…
You can’t please everybody, Microsoft. So stop trying. It’s time to double down on the people who actually use your products, not some mythical group of consumers who will never stop using their simpler Android and iOS devices just because you wish they would.
Paul Thurrott, What the Heck is Happening to Windows? →
Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 power user guide for business. This guide is more focused on a enterprise user and you can learn about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as updated File Explorer, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast support, and SkyDrive Pro.
This will become interesting when it’ll become available for us out of the U.S.A. & Canada … a Real competitor to Google Apps for Your Domain. via GoDaddy
the only way that Microsoft makes money (in the consumer market) is through users buying new computers and the associated licenses (this is why Bing’s failure was so critical; by failing to build profitable online services, Microsoft has no way of monetizing consumers over time). This means that people using Windows are in effect worthless to Microsoft; they need people to buy Windows, which usually means buying a new computer.
stratēchery ☞ Windows 8 and the Cost of Complexity
… a nice read on the status of Microsoft’s PC health status.