Why Win8 will succeed. Or fail.

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sean Nelson
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Re: they could have two operating systems
In reply to tko, Apr 12, 2013

tko wrote:

That's just one of those dumb corporate decisions that probably sounded good in some meeting. You know, the one where all the engineers are rolling their eyes.

Yep, you can see Microsoft's line of reasoning: - they have a huge share of the desktop market and negligible share of the mobile market.   They need to provide an incentive for their desktop users to use Windows phones and tablets.   Therefore:  use one interface for both!

Unfortunately, that's simply not the answer, IMHO.   In fact, I don't really think there's a navigable course for Microsoft - I think they're well and truly stuck in the desktop market, in exactly the same way that IBM was stuck in the mainframe market 30 years ago.   They tried, but failed to get out ahead of the pack in the transition to portable computing, and their fate is to be the leader of a declining market segment.  Let's just hope they don't make life any more miserable for those of us who comprise that segment.

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