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  • What Windows needs

    , Bass wrote

    The only way to win against Google or Apple, is to not try to compete with them at all. How? Make a technology that makes the smartphone obsolete.

    Not sure I totally buy into that, but I agree that being a "Me-too" is a losing strategy.

    As I see it, they need to make their mobile offerings leverage something they are strong in.

    The obvious contender is Azure integration... but exactly what and how, I'm still fuzzy on.

  • The Windows Desktop is dead

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote


    That said I hope the writer of this blog post jumped the shark when they characterized the desktop devices to be excluded from running Windows Store apps.


    I suspect 'characterized' is different to 'defined'.

    The writer also mentions the desktop offering full-screen start menu option, and how it could be useful for a Surface Pro 3, so this suggests that the Surface Pro is not implicitly classed as a no-desktop device.

    I agree that hopefully, MS will allow the user to select/switch the mode on ambiguous devices, to best suit their own needs.

  • The Windows Desktop is dead

    ... for touch devices (but DeathByVisualStudio should have exploded by now - LOL).


    Finally, they get rid of the DeskTop on devices that simply shouldn't have it, and provide the UI that RT devices etc should have had from Day-1.

  • Media Center Woes

    , ScanIAm wrote

    So, a couple of things are converging to cause this:

    1) windows 7 will be end of life in 2015.

    That's only end of MainStream support phase isn't it?

    The Extended phase (Security Updates) for Win7 is until 2020.

  • Baller gone

    , ScanIAm wrote

    At first, I thought you misspelled his name, but then I got it...

    No, just a dumb typo and can't see any options to correct it.

  • The Year of the Linux Desktop

    I'm waiting for the inevitable 'Hitler' video on YouTube.

  • Baller gone

    Resigned as board member to focus on basketball.

    That's was quick.

  • The Year of the Linux Desktop

    , cbae wrote


    I own an ASUS T100 with similar specs, and it runs Windows 8.1 pretty damn well.

    I have a number of people in our office using Atom 330 boxes for Office apps, and they are able to do their job.

  • The Year of the Linux Desktop

    @DeathByVisualStudio:We could argue all day about what is a 'good enough' computer spec, but that is actually deflecting from the point I was wanting to make.

    I was simply trying to point out that on the same day as this 'Munich' announcement, was another example of MS's zero-dollar Windows scheme. I suspect that we can attribute at least some of the credit for this to the 'Linux-on-the-Desktop' brigade, as MS certainly wouldn't have contemplated this unless pushed into using the OS as a means to sell other products.

  • The Year of the Linux Desktop

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    I'm glad the battery will last a long time on that POS; they'll need ever minute for as slow as it will be. Netbooks part deux? Meh.

    This device is aimed at Chromebooks (with the obvious intention to use MS Web-Apps) so performance is probably not it's priority - it's a "good enough" device for people with minimalist needs. A quad-core 1.6 GHz AMD A4 Micro-6400T is better specs than the HP Chromebook, and so perhaps won't be *THAT* bad, but the proof of that will be in the final product.

    However, my actual point in referring to it was that it's another example of MS now being prepared to give away Windows in order to capture market-share for their "devices & services", so it wouldn't be surprising if they also gave it away to Munich, as they know that it's Office which is the real attraction.