Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping Windows 8's dual PC and tablet interfaces will make it a legit...

Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping Windows 8's dual PC and tablet interfaces will make it a legit rival to the iPad (AAPL). However, James Kendrick found switching between tablet and PC modes on a test system to be an unpleasant experience, and one that occurred too often. This ultimately led him to assert Windows 8 is "basically Windows 7 with a new skin."
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  • Canary Cash
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    Ouch. But let's not get ahead of ourselves or anything they still have a few years to make it great before releasing it :)
    22 Sep 2011, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • skiz
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    Agreed. This was a developer release, not even a preview or beta.
    22 Sep 2011, 05:08 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Rista
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    While I am a fan of Microsoft, and most of my digital products are run by Microsoft thing I will say about them that is a consistent failure is this: They preview. They preview everything these days...months, even years early...often when things barely qualify as beta. This gives the tech community FAR too much time to nit pick and gripe and complain and poke holes...and I think it has done serious damage to Microsoft over the years.


    I'm happy to state that I am a die-hard Windows Phone 7 fan, and I love the Metro phone UI. But it was pretty late in the game that anyone really got a chance to see Metro for the first time, and it had a lot of polish by that time. Microsoft needs to take a cue from Apple here...secrecy. Its pretty rare that I learn much, if anything, about an Apple product until its actually released (or very nearly so), unveiled with as much glitter and gloss as the product itself.


    So, dev/beta/preview/CTP release or not...Microsoft has a long track record of severely hurting themselves by letting customers use unfinished, unpolished products way before their time...and first impressions count. At the very least, Microsoft...wait until you have some polish...a little glitter and gloss...before you show off your new toys.
    22 Sep 2011, 11:44 PM Reply Like
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    I am so sick of Apple Worship I could puke. I have an Ipad and it is very useful but nowhere near a PC type usefulness. The most frequent message I get on it is "Install Flash" to view the Video. Apple's arrogant attitude will bite them sooner or later. I also have an Iphone and although I like it I will change to Android or Mr. Softy given the chance. I have seen companies like Apple who seem to have the world at their feet defeat themselves before. The idea that they have invented electricity and that no other company could ever make or improve on their products is just plain silly.
    24 Sep 2011, 11:25 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    What is Mr Kendricks relationship with Msft competitors? I'm not saying his reporting is biased or anything but the same people say the same things all the time. You dont even have to wait for it to come out of their mouths to know exactly what they are going to say.


    Now Msft does a lot things that leave a great deal to be desired, mostly that they just take so long to do anything that you cease caring about what they do when they do it. But there certainly is the impression, much anticipated, that foes of Msft will do anything to create FUD for anything Msft just as soon as Msft does it.


    That is one of the reasons why Goog is before a Senate panel right now. That is the very definition of the abuse of power by a dominant player who poisons the waters of his competitors to prevent them from competing and thereby destroys innovation before it can take root and a profound violation of anti trust both here and abroad.
    25 Sep 2011, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • RiceBowl80
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    Doesn't really matter. A first-mover advantage is somewhat nullified by the combination of HTML5 apps and Windows market share. In 2 years there will be as many Windows tablets as iPads, accelerating as time goes on.


    I see Apple positioned as the premium brand, Android and Windows slugging it out for volume king.
    30 Nov 2011, 08:24 AM Reply Like
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