Sources: Microsoft, FT [analyst estimates]
quote: Because using the same one for 20 years isn't cutting it.
quote: Microsoft is forcing that UI on the vast majority of the public that uses PCs
quote: Metro does not have to be used at all. I can only think that folks that are saying Metro is an issue really just haven't even installed Win8.
quote: But back to the forward thinking. Mobile device processing power is advancing in leaps and bounds. By the time Windows 9 is in full swing, say ~4 years from now, it's unlikely the vast majority of users will even buy a PC anymore. You'll buy a dock for your phone or tablet that may have additional storage and processing power. Perhaps even an external GPU. You'll connect that to your monitor/TV/Keyboard and Mouse. When you're using that you'll have access to all your mobile apps via the new UI and access to all your legacy stuff with the old desktop.
quote: The really funny thing is so few people who are complaining about Windows 8 even remember how it was during the transition from DOS to Windows 95
quote: It's a good thing to push the UI in new directions.
quote: I agree completely. The really funny thing is so few people who are complaining about Windows 8 even remember how it was during the transition from DOS to Windows 95.
quote: Yes people griped about DOS > Win, but you forget that it was still DOS based. What they SHOULD be doing is taking Win7, and throwing Metro on top, just like the transition from DOS > WIN if they're looking to evaluate a new design. It took 4 versions of Windows to really get people over to a GUI from DOS, I don't expect people's mentality to change.
quote: Remember that fiasco with Office 2007? Look where 2010 went. Right back to 2003, except the file menu is now a shiny button instead. For all intents and purposes, there has been no change.
quote: We have hardware that in 1995 would seem like science fiction but the interface is almost exactly the same.
quote: They're different so idiots who like change tend to like them.
quote: Since when does "innovation" equal stupid unusable UI's? Change for its own sake is idiotic. When you've taken a design, and honed it and finely tuned it for a number of years, and everyone likes it, what's the point in changing it around? What does that achieve to break everyone's workflow, and change something that no one was asking for or complaining about?