No Plan B? The Fallacies And Risks Of Microsoft's All-in Windows Gambit
Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:09 AM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:43 AM
MS doesn't care about your personal choice. It really doesn't matter to them whether you stay using Windows or not. In fact, they really don't care about even if all the Windows users hate Windows 8 right now. The truth is, majority of the Windows PC in the world right now are irreplaceable by any other system, not Apple, not Linux, not tablet. There maybe a few percentage change now and then. But to MS, they can care less. Once they stop support Windows 7, all the users will be forced to the next version, maybe 9?
Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:50 AM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:42 AM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:42 AM
"We aim to evolve this generation of Windows to make sure we have the right set of experiences at the right price points for all customers."
This is an operating system that provides the exact same set of experiences for everything everywhere! The UI is identical. But Smartphones, laptops, desktops and tablets are all used differently and mostly require different UI's that optimize their use. Forcing all of them to be approached the same way is hardly the "right set of experiences" unless, of course, they think end users love pain and inconvenience.
That statement from Microsoft has to rank among the top two most ludicrous ones ever to come out of Redmond. I don't know what they're putting in their Kool-aid, but I do know that if I were a Microsoft stock holder, I'd be dropping it like a C-130 unloads paratroopers.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:00 PM
So, why not just keep using what works for you? As far as I can tell, Microsoft isn't telling you you have to change to W8. Even if you did update to W8, you're not forced to use the cloud. Let's not be so dramatic, shall we?
This post has been edited by MrHistamine: 15 February 2013 - 01:29 PM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:04 PM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:38 PM
And for wp8 i dont see what plan B could be??.....icons like ios and android instead of tiles??
As for surfaces, we are more likely than not, to see more variety of sizes and bettery battery life in the second generation of them. The existing surfaces were only the first generation of a new kind of product.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:43 PM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:27 AM
In spite of all the hype about tablets, most people can not do their jobs on an iPad... nor would they want to. Microsoft understands this and is trying to change it (since they are so strong in the enterprise sector).
There are already signs that the Apple model is starting to falter. They're now losing market share to Android--lots of market share. Furthermore, while Windows Phone only grew its worldwide market share to 3% last year, it did still double it. Meanwhile, the iPhone lost 3 points of market share.
Finally, as the author points out, Microsoft is a rather diversified company. Google, on the other hand, still makes most of its money from searches & ads. But what if fickle consumers suddenly just decided that Google wasn't cool anymore and switched to another search engine? It wouldn't be difficult to do. There's nothing really tying anyone to Google search.
The reality is that times change... and technology changes incredibly fast (as do consumers' tastes), therefore, Microsoft may not be the only company in need of a Plan B.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:35 AM
That being said, getting Linux on a stick with 'persistence' (retention of changes from session to session) is something of a pistol. The info on how to do this varies and contradicts and is often wrong. Turns out that each distro has a specific method of enabling persistence, and you have to dig to find what works for that distro.
But think now of the Plan B advantage: although many Linux programs are 'buggy' (not suited to a given computer's hardware, or just not well designed internally), the critical ones in the event of a Windows crash, are pretty decent. You can get email, surf the web, watch movies, download -- all using the same web software, or software remarkably like Windows. Some of that software is better, like OpenShot, a Video Editor program much like Windows Movie Maker, but with more options. (By contrast, Kdenlive is tempermental, arcane.)
Oh: and it can read your Windows files. Most of them, it can convert.
So if your machine has to go into the shop, you can plug a Linux stick into some older machine you weren't using, and bingo -- back in business. That is, once you get the stick to work properly.
So the big problem with this Plan B, is that the amount of 'persistence' and addressable space on the stick, is limited to about 4GB beyond the amount taken up by the Linux OS flavor you installed. It makes mirrors of itself automatically, taking up space on the drive, so the net amount of space it tells you that you have, is the difference between the persistence (up to 4GB) you could specify when making the stick, and the mirror. So that's usually about 1GB, too little. Once the Linux distributors figure a way to increase that, everyone will want his favorite flavor of Linux on a stick, and will be happy to pay for the privilege. I know I would: it cost me a week of no showers and scrounging in my fridge so I wouldn't have to leave the house, to figure out how to put it on a stick. Winners? Mint 13, Fedora 17, and Ubuntu 13.04. Use Unetbootin program from sourceforge to make Ubuntu, Live USB Install at the Fedora 17 USB page to make Fedora, and pendrivelinux.com 1-2-3's page to make Mint 13.
I couldn't get any other distro on a stick WITH persistence, thus far. Maybe you can instead do a full install, but instead specify the stick? I've not tried that.
This post has been edited by brainout: 16 February 2013 - 04:40 AM