Why Win8 will succeed. Or fail.

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
migibson99 Regular Member • Posts: 211
Re: Windows will succeed - Win 8 is only the preview

Michael Firstlight wrote:

The fact is, the most desktop users are not going to jettison Windows because they don't like Metro; they'll get around it once they figure out how to.  MS might issue a Windows 8 service pack or a Win 9 that senses if the machine has a touch screen and make the classic Windows desktop to default one and bring back the Start button for machines without touch screens - maybe, if only because they are hurting some more because of the persistent bad press -  not based on technical merit. Then again, the long term business benefit for MS not yielding and continuing there march towards a App store and annual subscription software model may dwarf the downside of backtracking as much as many of us would like them to do.


You hit the nail on the head with this statement.  MS is not focused on improving their software for a better user experience.  They are focused on improving their bottom line.  Absolutely nothing wrong with that.  That's what all businesses do.   It's just that most business try to improve their bottom line by offering products that people need, want, and embrace.  They don't try to improve their bottom line by insulting their current customers, and developing new products that don't meet their customers needs.

Everyone assumes that MS is too big to fail.  Too important to the computer eco system.  It's products in use by so many customers in so many ways, that they simply cannot and will not fail.  I actually believe that to be true, but.....remember when AOL absolutely owned the internet access market.  Remember when Netscape owned the browser market.  Remember when Hayes owned the modem market.  Remember when WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 were the only game in town for word processing and spreadsheets? At their peak, you could have made the same argument about each of these companies to a degree, and we know how that worked out.

It is highly unlikely, even improbable, but not inconceivable that MS could stumble and be overtaken.  Nothing for MS to fear in the foreseeable future, but they need to be mindful of what their customers want.  IMHO, W8 is an exercise in "we know what's best for you, so just trust us and deal with it" kind of an approach.  That makes them vulnerable.

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