@evildictaitor: Because I'm their tech support.
My ex-wife is too dumb to handle W8.
Absolutely not nor did I claim them to be. And for the record both have asked me to put W7 back on the home PC.
@evildictaitor: Wow. You got reach back to the command line? Really? I don't suppose the command line had anything to do with the natural progression of computers? I think users found Windows 95 amazing it its day and Windows 7 was well received by the average joe. Nice stretch Evild. Oh and BTW, my kids are both using W8. My daughter bails to the desktop right away; doesn't like metro. She's 17. My son just likes the free games; he's 15. My GF won't touch it; way too many new things to learn. Glad to know your representation of the entire world is as accurate as ever.
I'm also glad to know at least that we both agree Windows Everywhere isn't about performance. Maybe they should call it Longhorn Phone Edition for the phones? That has a nice ring to it.
Sounds more to me like a manager trying to avoid duplication in the workforce.
If your competitors are winning, do you suggest either
a) keep doing what you were doing before (i.e. keep getting spanked)
b) Try as hard as you can to avoid duplication across your workforce (have one kernel for all of your products) and do things which are brave and trying to make your products more like what they are buying (like introducing metro for all of your customers that are using iPads/iPhones/Android and prefer big blocky interfaces)?
From all of the pain that is coming from the IT industry and developers who really hate Metro, I have to say that Windows8 seems like a geek's worst nightmare. Most normal customers don't care. They just want it to work.
So bottom line if I understand you correctly:
Windows Everywhere is a cost-cutting move that has no chance in h3ll of regaining hearts and minds because the user interface has already been judged a failure.
If that's the case I'd have to say I agree with you.
So like I've been saying all along this is a geek's wet dream. After getting spanked by the iPhone you think Microsoft's priority would be to recapture hearts and minds with what they have on hand rather than going back to well and spend two years "solving" a problem. I don't know about Microsoft but in my world when your competitor is kicking your arse you do what ever it takes to get back in the game.
Ah so there's room for interpretation here and I'm not trolling. Thanks.
@DeathByVisualStudio: It is tempting to think that a tablet is just an oversize phone, and the iPhone/iPad seems to reinforce that concept.
Things don't work that way with Metro: while you can keep its distinctive looks, most of the interface cannot be carried over and needs to be reinvented. For instance, try taking a panorama application from a small portrait screen to a large landscape screen and you end up with an ugly mess. Another example is the start screen: on a phone it shows at most 8 tiles at the same time, so the mostly monochrome look not only is acceptable, it gives a sense of reduced clutter. Try that on a much larger screen with potentially twenty or more tiles, and it becomes unusable.
I don't own a WP so other than playing with it in a store I can't comment on specific functionality. That said I think they way Microsoft is looking at it the phone vs. tablet presentations are nothing more than different views (i.e. like the snap? view for partially shown apps in W8). You still end up with the same basic layout of tiles, titling, and hints of scrollability. The view either adapts to the portrait or landscape presentation or is replaced with one with a specific implementation that is better suited to the available pixels.
That's too bad for Microsoft. Apple and Google seem to wake up just fine.
You really need to get your head out of the kernel. Users don't care. It doesn't matter what the nerds do under the hood unless that changes the user experience (i.e. smaller, lighter devices, better battery life, improved UI, more realistic fart apps). The W8 experience is principally about tablets (and making the desktop a second class citizen in the process) and that's most of what users are going to see.
Are you serious!? The market for Android devices is huge!
Let me rephrase that so you can't skew it:
Thanks for making my point. Most people don't go down to the phone store and say "I want to buy a phone running a Linux kernel."
@contextfree`: Cosmetically, functionally, programmatically not equal? I'm speaking of the metro design language. My question has merit. I'm surprised that Andy seems to be inferring Metro on a tablet isn't great hence my question. But of course anyone who says bad things about Microsoft must be a baseless troll. Thanks for pointing that out.
So are you saying that a Metro UI on a tablet is a fail?
My daughter still has her HP tablet/convertible PC I bought her 3 years ago when I was still a big fan of Microsoft and hoping they'd get the tablet PC right eventually. The tablet is laying in a heap in my garage -- died a month out of warrantee. I was trying to fix it but Android tablets are cheap enough that it's not worth my time.