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  • More on Windows 8: 1) A recent Forrester survey adds to fears of poor enterprise adoption. Only 1/3 of respondents said they expect/plan to use Windows 8, compared with 2/3 who said the same about Windows 7 in '09. 2) Shipping times for the $499 Windows RT Microsoft Surface model have risen - Microsoft reportedly ordered 3M-5M Surface units for Q4. 3) Windows RT and its pre-installed apps consume 12GB of storage (12x more than iOS). [View news story]
    I've been running Windows 8 on my home and work PCs since late August. Yes, legit. I am a Windows developer and have access to MSDN. The OS works absolutely fine without a touch screen. It is actually much faster to navigate through the applications menu now than it ever was with a start menu. Just press the Windows key on your keyboard, type the first couple letters of the application you want to launch and click enter. Done.

    The Desktop itself is still there in all of its glory. You can get to it by clicking on its Live Tile or by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard. Everything runs exactly like it did in Windows 7 once you're at the Desktop. The Windows 8 Metro interface is not intrusive, and if you don't like it, you will never have to see it except when launching a program (which, again, takes seconds). I really don't know why people are up in arms over the new design. It works perfectly fine with or without touch and can be as new or as retro as you want to work.
    Oct 18 12:34 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    I've called this effect the "wow-factor" over the years, and it's a problem with anything popular (electronics or otherwise). After a while, the market becomes saturated and the once hot/new/unique item is just another me-too-device. It's the main reason you can walk around with a dumb phone, like the Sony Xperia X5 and have a dozen or so people in a day ask, "What's that? Who carries that phone?" Sure, having a transparent display helps, but really it is about as anti-iPhone as you can get and although it is just as functional as a phone as the iPhone, it sure as hell not as powerful or has as many features/apps. Still, it's different, and at the end of the day, it has wow-factor.

    As we reach iteration 7 of the iPhone, with no real major design change, the market is simply growing tired of the iPhone. Apple can definitely re-invent the wheel here, but first they need to realize that iterative changes and releases are not going to keep them at the top of the must-have list forever.
    Oct 2 10:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment