7 hours ago, spivonious wrote
@BitFlipper: It's been years since someone bragged to me about the new desktop they bought. It's all smartphones and tablets now.
People don't brag about the computer they use at work.
Agreed that the consumer market is critical to MS's future, and they can't afford to keep screwing it up, but they also can't afford to get their existing business core off-side in the process.
Where I work, we are all desktop systems (albeit now using things like Intel NUCs) with multiple large monitors, running Win7 to support a series of Windows-based line-of-business apps.
We trialled Win8 and Win8.1 but the objections and arguments that ensued, and the issues with re-training people, simply meant that it was more trouble than it was worth. Win7 works just fine for now, and we can wait until Win9.
However, if Win9 is also going to be a drama for us, or if MS makes upgrading from Win7 more difficult than it needs to be, then we'll be looking to phase out all of our desktop apps and go all web-based apps, just using enough client hardware to run a browser.