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PedroGonzales
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10/1/2014 | 9:42:53 AM
Re: Nothing new for the satisfied user
I think the ability to integrate with other windows devices and being able to use the previous UI as default would really drive people excited about the next windows.  Microsoft really needs to work on getting more apps to their library.  Microsoft really needs to work on their marketing if they want to catch up with android and apple in the smartphone market or may be it just too late.
Michael Endler
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9/30/2014 | 10:30:08 PM
Re: Nothing new for the satisfied user
"Unfortunately, manufacturers whose products benefit from device integration are ignoring the touch-first side of Windows.  They advertise iOS and Android apps.  Once in a blue moon I see Windows Phone and to an even lesser extent, the touch side of desktop Windows."

Definitely true.
Michael Endler
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9/30/2014 | 10:26:31 PM
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@Technocrati,


Indeed! But after Halloween, OEMs won't be able to buy new Win 7 licenses from Microsoft anymore. I'm sure many of the manufacturers have amassed a supply-- but who knows how long it lasts.
rradina
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9/30/2014 | 9:18:43 AM
Re: Nothing new for the satisfied user
Micheal,

It did offer new and exciting features -- the whole touch side of Windows.  However, ordinary folks need apps to leverage those features.  Unfortunately, manufacturers whose products benefit from device integration are ignoring the touch-first side of Windows.  They advertise iOS and Android apps.  Once in a blue moon I see Windows Phone and to an even lesser extent, the touch side of desktop Windows.

For instance, my cable company offers an app to view most of my cable channels on Android and iOS devices.  It works great with my Android phone (but refused to run on my iPhone because it was jail broken...but that's my own choice).  However, I've been waiting for a year for it to debut on Windows.  It's still a no show.

Maybe most folks don't care if they can watch TV on their mobile device.  I think it's a great feature and I can also Miracast the stream to a SmartTV if I want a bigger picture.
WaqasAltaf
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9/30/2014 | 7:57:24 AM
Re: Nothing new for the satisfied user
Michael "But even if Threshold is usable, will it be persuasive to those who are still happy with Windows 7?" That's a tricky one and it can only be answered by industry once Threshold is out in the market. I hope Microsoft realizes that and has a plan to tempt satisfied Windows 7 users.
WaqasAltaf
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9/30/2014 | 5:54:20 AM
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Michael

Fair enough. If Apple wants to continue targetting a specific segment and it is happy doing that then there is no point of criticizing Apple. And yes, it isn't an excuse by Apple for having lower market share; they mean it when they say they have a specific target market. Now from the shareholders' perspective, return on investment is all that counts.
mak63
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9/29/2014 | 1:17:18 PM
Re: Windows 8.1
@WilliamH263

It's called Linux, not  Linix.

"IT's NOT SAFE and IT'S NOT SECURE!"

No computer sitting at home, in a company or in the cloud is never totally secure.

And as someone mentioned it below, you don't need a Microsoft account to set up a Win 8 machine.
mejiac
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9/29/2014 | 1:02:37 PM
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@Michael,

Excellent summary of the current state of OS use.

One comment is that one of Windows biggest cash cows is MS Office, which is fair to state that is the defacto office suite of preference by almost all users.

Yes, both Google and Apple have very good competiting products, but the overall widespread use and acceptances of office has made it to be more easilly adopted by most enterprises and personal use.

Now...that doesn't mean that they the competition won't stay put, reason why microsoft needs to be keep innovating and keep things fresh

 

And the fact that both Apple and Google offer cloud based versions of there office products free doesn't help microsoft
mejiac
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9/29/2014 | 12:54:14 PM
Re: Nothing new for the satisfied user
Another note,

Here's what competitors are able to do that I would love to do on windows.

The Chrome Cast allows to very easilly show whatever you're viewing in your web browser on the TV... that's cool.

If I was able to do that with Windows, to simply share me screen with one click, no cables, that's something to look forward to.

In fact, if Microsoft were to provide a downgraded version of the xbox one, to simply provide the streaming service of sharing your PC desktop to your TV, I think it would sell big!!!
mejiac
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9/29/2014 | 12:51:36 PM
Re: Nothing new for the satisfied user
@Michael,

First...great article, and it literrally sums up my own expectations of next windows isntallment.

To your question, will the latest windows be a good upgrade option for those on Win 7? I think it might if it provides a real value add for people to want to upgrade.

I personally didn't upgrade to windows 8 mostly because it was relient on touch (which sadly aside from the Metro UI and one or two apps, you can't really take advantage of it in a desktop environment)

Now...with Windows 9, people might not flock to upgrade, but it might bridge that gap between devices, and be more of an ecosystem between the different devices (mobile, laptop, desktop, Xbox).

 
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