Shazam, there's Android, and Chrome OS, neither of which are amazingly technical, both of which are simple enough to use for your average user (in fact, Android is already in mainstream use).
Sounds a bit like the cybermen, but without the Brittish accent.
Thu Oct 25 2012 14:58:39 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored
heh. especialy liked the conclusion:
The trouble is, these analyses always take into account current trends without factoring in unknowns (because how could they?).
What if-and this is totally out there, but hear me out-people actually like Windows 8?
well, we'll see, right?
At least point(er)less devices with touchscreens are going to emerge.
And, Peripherials are becomming more and more smart, so i.e. using a webinterface from your android (or an easy install app...) to operate a smart 'printer/scanner/tv..' via your android device might serve as replacement to having to plug it in somewhere and install a driver.
.oO(if the smart device isn't running some sort of android in first place)
What if-and this is totally out there, but hear me out-people
actually like Windows 8?
I've installed it in a Virtualbox to play around. Not a good UI design. Power users will be pushed into 27" monitors just to fit all their cutesy tiles on the screen. Many basic things about the system are totally hidden. It's no longer possible to point, click, and explore: you need to know arcane secrets and magic keystrokes. I'm just shaking my head.
To some extent Microsoft has done this sort of thing with every new release. But this time they've outdone themselves.
They have a stated intention of eventually merging Android and Chrome OS.
As we continue into the Post PC Era, the value prop of Android continues to improve. One week into my ownership of a Transformer, I can definitely say I don't miss my laptop. As I've been pointing out for the last fifteen years, the faster we can move everything back behind the glass, the better it will be for everyone except Microsoft. Consumers will get their computer service from the service provider of their choice. Corporate users will get their computer service from their own data center (or an outsourced one).
Hacker techie types will get their computer service from the Linux box in their basement. All of the above users will access their apps and data in any location, from any device.
Someday I will be arrested for urinating on the grave of Bill Gates. But I don't care. It must happen.
The Post PC era is about accessing data from anywhere with anything. That includes the data that sits on any devices as well.
Don't lessen the importance of data, and thinking of it as an amorphous blob.
Couldn't disagree more. In a free market, people have the ability to charge for a product, whatever the market will support. FOSS software provides a different type of value to an end user. Nothing wrong with either model.
As for the Adobe PDF bashing - it shows limited thinking of what a PDF is.
Just using the printer driver is cheap and easy - and yes lots of people get that for free in Linux and OSX... But that's not what makes Adobe's program valuable.
It's about searchability (the printer driver doesn't handle the OCR portions), searchability, metadata, security (easy to do certificate based signatures), size of files (it's excellent at size reduction for email purposes), creating forms, editing PDF's, merging multiple PDF's, document reviews and approvals, etc.
than 100 million iPad tablets at this point, but according to the
outspoken executive, that's not the tablet people really want. While
speaking with CNBC, Ballmer said no company has built a tablet he
believes customers want. 'You can go through the products from all those
guys and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple.
Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play
that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point,' he says."
Sad, Even after all this time, Microsoft STILL doesn't get it.
It's not about a tablet that works like your PC.....
hm. vista fon 8 knows rooms?
There is value in complete compatibility - if you know how to do something on your PC, you know how to do it on your tab. I like the idea.
Why try to deprecate the desktop and then pretend that a screen of garish tiles could be a suitable replacement? Its as if Steve Bummer says, "We don't care if the classic windowing interface is the current best tool for the job, we can't continue to milk it for enough cash so we are deprecating the son of a bitch."
Don't forget the target audience!
The usual suspect: Your Mom! She needs a browser and something to open those "if you care for kittens, send this to 10 beloved friends.pps" files. Maybe type a letter once in a decade. She does not really care about the userinterface and clicks what she was told to click. So some tiles on a front screen are good, she does not have to search for the "this opens the internet" icon. She probably gets the Win8 when she buys a new computer. Because she does not know about alternatives and doesn't want to pay for an OS, she uses win8. Or her son installs a stolen Win7. Anyway, she bought the win8.
The office jerk: Will still use XP or Vista until his company decides to finish the Win7 evaluation in 3 years. So no trouble here. The company might buy new computers with win8 OEM, but the admin will install XP because it is company policy.
The power user: Will only need to start games. Installs some modded skin and totally fubars his. Doesn't care if he buys win8 OEM, because he will install a stolen Ubar-Ultimate-unstable-release-candidate version.
Lesson learned: MS will still sell enough win8 to claim they have lots of innovative power and marketshare.
fucking intuitive ui's
my mom had her tbird... complaining that it would take > 5 mins to get it started.
the fucking beast had 30 tabs open with all sorts of emails, and it would re-open them on each start.
thanks to the intuitive UI you hardly see that these are tabs on first sight; with that many tabs it even didn't make sense to me on first sight.