Source: Vanity Fair
quote: While Microsoft has seen tremendous success with other releases during the supposed "lost decade" -- such as Windows XP, Windows 7, Xbox 360 and Kinect -- it doesn't seem to be enough to pass competitors like Apple. In fact, the iPhone alone brings in more revenue than all of Microsoft's products combined.But Microsoft is looking ahead to its upcoming Windows 8 operating system and Windows Phone 8 for a boost.
quote: If well-regarded products such as Windows XP, Windows 7, Xbox 360 and Kinect can't change their fortunes, they think that a controversial OS that lacks the support of their previous products will?
quote: Seriously, how does the ribbon require more hunting around than the old File/Edit/Tools/View menus when you couldn't see any commands? What commands do you use that are so hard to find? Some of them even pop up automatically when you highlight. Are you generally against visual interfaces? You can still use keyboard shortcuts as much as ever. I see all these comments from people saying after years they still aren't familiar or comfortable with the new interface, but apparently they were comfortable with the old interface where you opened a menu, brought up a separate box with multiple tabs (in some cases on two axis) and found your command in one of those combinations, then closed the box and opened a different one for another command. Either you're not getting it out of stubbornness, or you really aren't capable of adjusting to interface changes in general. I get that people had learned the old versions and were comfortable with it. That doesn't mean something new can't be better, at least for the majority of people. If that were the case we wouldn't have GUI's at all.