Can Windows 8 Save Microsoft?

Can Windows 8 Save Microsoft?

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8 thoughts on “Can Windows 8 Save Microsoft?”

  1. Honestly, Windows 8 is giving people reason to move on to Linux. I get a lot of people wanting to downgrade to 7 or are now happy to give Linux a go and all of them are quite happy with the change. Granted they are not “power” users and their needs are fairly simple, but a lot of my clients are pensioners and either don’t want to spend or don’t have it to spend. I flit between 7 and Linux but I am absolutely not buying more Microsoft products. I don’t need, or want, touch screen abilities. When 7 dies I’ll keep one system with it for using programs that I can’t get/don’t want to run in WINE and then use Linux all the way for everything else.

    If anyone wants to keep using Windows XP hooked up to the Internet then good luck to them. In the short run it may be feasible but in the longer term it’s risky. Whilst security software may keep malware at bay, it only takes a major exploit to be found and one could be in trouble. I’d tend to stop XP from accessing the Internet at all and use a virtual machine with Linux to connect to the net. Alternatively install Linux with XP as a virtual machine not accessing the net.

    With a plethora of alternative email clients available – and better ones that MS have produced – not having an email client isn’t really a problem. Again, Linux supplies a better browser, email client and a workable system from the word go. Why stick with Microsoft?

  2. Windows 8 to me is a bit hit and miss.

    The worst part about it is going between desktop and Metro. It’s awkward, and there are lots of non metro apps.

    Also if your in metro mode, some desktop apps e.g. security apps, won’t alert you – alerts go to the desktop and you won’t notice until you have switched.

    For this reason I don’t use chrome in metro anymore. However I have gotten used to not using the old style start menu and I do agree Chris Pirillo is very biased often finding the flaws in everything but refusing to admit anything apple has is flawed.

  3. I agree, you go on too much about Microsoft failing.
    However, I think you're dead right regarding the rest. Yes, they will try and charge us for everything, and they don't fix thing when they are wrong. Try to get to write an email to a relevent MS depatment. You can't. They don't want to be bothered by customers. When you pay for help, you get lip service. It's insulting. Try the tags issue in Media Player. You can't update tags from win 7, the OS will NOT allow it. Hundreds of thousands of people have been severely affected by this – it's cost me hundreds of hours of wasted time. But MS will not fix it. Even though they could in 5 minutes.

  4. You are over acting and…..really funny! Better than all those poe faced guys that make you fall asleep before you get the point!….What was the point by the way? 🙂

  5. In my humble opinion, I don’t think Microsoft is ever going to fail as a company. They may, however, one day find themselves the prisoner of their former products. It would take legislation. Suppose computer sales were limited to computers with blank hard drives, and the buyer had to choose their OS at the time of pruchase. They would take it home and load the disk, installing an OS. When several Operating systems were avilalable, they would not always choose the most recent ones. XP, for example, is still in extensive use, especially in small businesses. As things stand, people are buying PCs with pre-loaded operating systems. A very few laws could change all that, and eventually, the development of new OSes would no longer be profitable, as older operating systems each have a share of the market.

    Microsoft might find itself in a position where it’s best money is in support for existing operating systems, and not in creating new ones.

    No doubt the PC manufacturers working with Microsoft will eventually place their hopes in 128 and then 256-bit drives and corresponding operating systems, but if people had their choice, they would not always choose them. The real advantage of XP is that there is a huge amount of freeware available for it, and that will entice many people away from choosing later OSes. Windows RC only runs microsoft products, and with that, microsoft has placed it’s bets. For now, I go on using XP because I don’t see any advantage in changing over as long as there are security softwares that support it. The goal for Microsoft might be to continue removing support for older softwares (as they remove support for older hardware with Vista), until they are even in control of the whole PC market. The only way they can go on ahead is to continue removing support for older softwares.

    Their big mistake for me; the one that prevented me from upgrading to Windows 7, was the removal of email clients. Now, they want you to do email online, and one day we will find that’s not a free service. Some legislators want to tax email, and they are not without support. Microsoft may one day send you a bill, changing just a few cents for each email you send. Without any email clients on your computer, you’d have to pay it. If people go without email clients long enough, and all their communication is stored online, they would never be able to switch back again, and microsoft would have a captive audience. The same may happen for gmail.

    I think, in a few years, I’ll also be paying Microsoft a fee every year for the continued use of one of their operating systems, and they, in turn, will continue to support it. If that happens, we won’t be buying new operating systems as often, but we’ll be seeing better and better utilities.

    One law could change that. I think it will eventually appear, though I don’t know if my 16-bit softwares will still be avilalble to me when that happens.

    Microsoft’s strategy is based on a lack of regulation in the PC market, and that can change at any time. Their strategy may be moving toward a focus on paid support and paid email.

    I don’t use my gmail account much, and I don’t use my hotmail account much. If they have to go, I want all my email on my hard drive. I’ll store it, if you please, and remain independant of gmail and Mcrosoft. And to do that, I’ll stay with Windows XP.

    I know I’m rambling here, but I think most people see my point.I know I’m rambling here, but I think most people see my point.

  6. I am usually very reasonable to people's opinions, but I'm really tired of seeing your articles about Microsoft failing. It shows that you have a lot of learning to do. Get you're head out the grass and realize as much as you want it to, Microsoft is going nowhere.

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