Good comment from this article:
@Formfiller's links led me to a bunch of good stuff, including other articles:
First, some quotes from, and thoughts on, the linked items.Windows 'Blue': We waited for this?
Subhead:A pirated copy of Windows 'Blue' has hit the ether, and it may be the least interesting update to Windows ever
In the body of the article, author Woody Leonhard is less than thrilled with "Blue":
Forget about Windows 'Blue' -- stay focused on Windows 7
If your idea of a compelling upgrade to Windows involves a Metro Start screen where -- OMG! OMG! -- the tiles can be either bigger or smaller, hey, have I got a product for you.
But if you have half a brain or were expecting some sort of desktop support in the next incarnation of Windows 8, I have exceedingly disappointing news. At least in this leaked version, what you want ain't there.
InfoWorld enterprise reporter J. Peter Bruzzese comments on Leonhard's post:
Personally, I don't know that anyone is really waiting for it. It's just the next tweak of Windows 8. What do people really want to see? A Start orb! Or more specifically, a choice to reenable a Start orb without having to install third-party Start menu applications.
Then he really starts laying into the whole Windows 8 concept:
I've been using Windows 8 on both an Acer touchscreen all-in-one PC and a Dell Alienware Aurora with a traditional nontouchscreen monitor. It's tough either way, though more difficult without the touchscreen because the OS was built for finger swipes. That means the traditional enterprise must either replace all its hardware with touchscreen devices and replace all personnel with 15-year-olds who are more comfortable with touch than mouse, or we can go with Windows 7, get 90 percent of the benefits of Windows 8 in terms of security enhancements and so forth over XP, and wait.
Wait for what? Well, not "Blue," apparently. Perhaps for more turnover in hardware and a workforce more comfortable with gesture-based computing as Baby Boomers retire and Gens X, Y, and Z take over the workforce with their mad finger skills.
And now for the promised value-added content...
A quick roundup of expert views on what Windows Blue means (or doesn't mean):Windows users are singing the 'Blues'
One of the commentators cited in that piece:Windows 'Blue' confirms desktop's days are numbered
Analysts read the current composition of Blue to mean Microsoft isn't caving to that criticism, and is continuing with its strategy to emphasize the Modern UI and deemphasize the desktop.
Not that there was ever any doubt of Microsoft's commitment.
"Microsoft is serious about the Modern UI," said Patrick Moorhead, principal of Moor Insights & Strategy, of the Modern-only changes. "They're sending a signal that [Modern] is the future for Windows."
By sticking to the program, Microsoft is following through on comments it's made previously, that it's in Windows 8 -- meaning the OS's assumption that touch is critical -- for the long haul, a line it's taken since the launch of Windows 8. The latest version of Windows has not sparked PC sales as some hoped, and, based on usage patterns, has had a slower uptake than the flop that was Windows Vista.
Blue's spotlight on Modern -- and its scorning of the desktop -- also illustrates Microsoft's long-range goal, to, at some point, abandon the Windows desktop for the touch-and-tile app model.
"Microsoft is ultimately going to move away from the desktop," asserted Frank Gillett, an analyst with Forrester Research. "They want to move away from that programming model."
Sadly, the false analogy between the move from DOS to GUI and the move from Desktop to Metro is given new life:
The parallels between today and 1985, when Microsoft debuted Windows even as the world still ran on DOS, are striking, Moorhead said. "Remember how stunning it was to move from a DOS box to Windows? This is very, very similar," he said. "Most of the people in corporations then were running DOS apps using only the keyboard, but not the keyboard and the mouse."
The discontent today over touch and Windows 8 -- users complaining of the new OS's unfriendly attitude toward keyboard-plus-mouse -- is just history on repeat.
No, no, no, no, no!!!
The GUI ultimately represented an improvement in usability and productivity because it eliminated the need to memorize arcane commands and minimized the possibility of mistyping long sequences of keystrokes, then having to painstakingly review every character typed to find the mistake. Now in terms of usability, ergonomics, or productivity, exactly what net benefit does "touch" bring?? You can't use it for an extended period without developing sore arms, and the low onscreen information density requires more scrolling and/or drilling into menu structures (or else dispensing with features).
And finally, watch out -- Microsoft is pushing ever harder on the "automatic updates" front:Microsoft's new security patching routine raises concerns
Earlier this month, the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing team gave us an overview of how the Metro security patching routine should work, and a concommitant policy statement fleshes out a few more details. Here's how it actually works in practice:
- There's no advance warning a patch is coming. Metro app security patches can appear at any time on any day...
- There's no warning when you install the patch...
- You can't roll the patch back. Given Microsoft's history with patching Windows, this is a disaster waiting to happen.
- There are no version numbers and no revision history...
- There are precious few details about the patch.
Lovely -- so if an update goes wrong, it'll go wrong for everybody at the same time -- forget about holding off on installing an update to see if it's causing trouble. No doubt all done in the name of making things easier or more convenient for the mobs who are expected to start lining up around the block for future Windows 8 devices. More evidence of the creeping cretinization
What a nightmare.