1 hour ago, vesuvius wrote
It is the shame this thread has attracted nonconstructive anti-ms haters, but the financial implications of 10-15% of millions (if not tend of millions) of licenses is not something to cross your fingers and hope for the best for.
Windows 8 made a move to cater to touch based users, to try to grab that share of the market at the sacrifice of desktop and enterprise users. They could have catered to both groups and made both camps happy, they did not. That is the problem. They are neglecting their cash cow for a market that has potential but they have no success in yet. They should be taking care of their cash cow AND forging ahead. They should be doing both.
Not everyone who dislikes Windows 8 is a MS hater. I use Windows on my work desktop, my work laptop, my personal laptop and my personal desktop. I make a living writing .Net client and web applications. If anything, I am a Microsoft supporter but that does not mean I praise their every move. If anything, I'm more critical because when they make decisions to say, monochrome every icon an app making it difficult to distinguish what I'm looking for, I have to deal with it everyday (at least until someone provides a plugin or work around to undo what MS has done). I can hear the marketing meetings now... "if we can do something innovative and bold, clean and new like UPPER CASE ALL THE MENUS... people will see the value in our product." I can't imagine the rationale behind TAKING SOMETHING THAT IRRITATES MOST PEOPLE LIKE TYPING IN UPPER CASE AND CRAMMING IT INTO AN APP'S INTERFACE. *cough*. See my point? All caps = obnoxious (and though bearable, it's a perfect metaphor for how Microsoft makes poor decisions one after another).
If the Windows App Store catered to both Modern and Desktop apps it would be doing a ton better (and just having a link for select partners for desktop apps doesn't count). There are just some things you can do in a desktop app that you cannot do in Modern UI apps because of the restrictions placed on them (in the name of security and battery life of course... because we're all using tablets 100% of the time :/). Imagine if I could get guaranteed safe desktop software that's been proven over the years through the marketplace. Not only is it easier for me to find in one place, MS can take a cut of that software that already exists. Companies entry costs would be far less because they could re-use far more of their existing code bases.
Imagine if they offered a Start Menu replacement, they'd sell tons of them (case in point, look at Stardock, I went and forked over 5 additional dollars to get that functionality back and I'm totally happy with my purchase). Sure, Start8 has only sold 3 million copies as of January, so that's a paltry 15 million dollars but if MS had an official sponsored add-on that was easy to purchase (key point, easy to purchase) they'd triple that.