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Windows: Itís over, tech site declares
Fox News ^ | April 16, 2013

Posted on 04/16/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Calling the latest operating system a “failure” and Microsoft’s leaders “idiots,” a top tech website has proclaimed the PC era over. Windows is coming to a dead end, they say.

PC shipments collapsed in the last quarter by almost 14 percent, analysts with IDC said last week, marking the biggest drop in sales since the firm started tracking them 19 years ago. The problem, said ZDNet’s well respected Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, isn’t the designs from the likes of HP and Dell or the size of consumer’s wallets. It’s Microsoft.

“Look at the numbers: Metro-interface operating systems have already failed,” Vaughn-Nichols wrote in an essay on the site. “Microsoft is betting all its chips on the silly notion that Metro will be the one true interface for its entire PC and device line.”

“Idiots,” he wrote. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bsod; miserablefailure; msn; windows; windows7; windows8
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1 posted on 04/16/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
I kinda' like windows.

Now I'm going to have to open the door if I want to see what the weather is like outside.

2 posted on 04/16/2013 1:13:34 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Olog-hai

I’m still using Windows 2000 Professional on my desktop. Works great.


3 posted on 04/16/2013 1:20:49 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: Olog-hai

Windows ME rocks! Wait, what?


4 posted on 04/16/2013 1:22:36 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Olog-hai

Given Windows 8 I’m inclined to agree; but I think they can save themselves... instead of focusing on the whiz-bang UI and trying to follow the mobile crowd, bucking that trend and instead focusing on ensuring correct and stable products.


5 posted on 04/16/2013 1:23:16 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Olog-hai
a top tech website has proclaimed the PC era over

Yeeahhh, I've been reading that prediction every year since 1980...

6 posted on 04/16/2013 1:24:05 PM PDT by apillar
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To: Olog-hai

True or not, it’s hard to believe the messenger.

This guy, Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, is a putz and has been a Windows hater for decades.


7 posted on 04/16/2013 1:25:00 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: davisfh

well they stopped putting out security patches for 2000 a while back.

good luck


8 posted on 04/16/2013 1:25:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Olog-hai

I use Windows 7 on my laptop. I have never had a problem. It’s fast and it’s a helluva lot easier to do prep for my teaching than it would be on my tablet or droid phone. I don’t see anyone claiming Apple PCs and Laptops are doomed. Tell Microsoft to fine tune Windows 7. Basically it works fine.


9 posted on 04/16/2013 1:25:35 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: Olog-hai

The Windows 8 interface - apparently licensed from McDonald’s cash register system - is a failure? How do you explain all the Happy Meal sales? Hmmmm?


10 posted on 04/16/2013 1:26:16 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: Olog-hai
PC shipments collapsed in the last quarter by almost 14 percent, analysts with IDC said last week, marking the biggest drop in sales since the firm started tracking them 19 years ago. The problem, said ZDNet’s well respected Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, isn’t the designs from the likes of HP and Dell or the size of consumer’s wallets. It’s Microsoft.

Ummmm. No.

While I would happily jump on the "I hate Microsoft" bandwagon - it's pretty obvious the reason PC shipments have collapsed has nothing to do with Microsoft.

Try blaming laptops, smart phones and tablets. Especially tablets.

11 posted on 04/16/2013 1:26:23 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Olog-hai

End of an age of fascist waste, perhaps, but not the end of the personal computer for technically inclined people.

Parallella: The $99 Linux supercomputer
http://freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3008521/posts


12 posted on 04/16/2013 1:26:41 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Olog-hai

“Windows: It’s over, tech site declares”

Written in 1993,95,98,2000,2001,2004,2006,2006,2010,2011,2012.

I’m sure on either a Mac or some Linux variant.

Only the anti-Palin people approaches this level of derangement and haven’t resorted to putting a shotgun in their mouths to prove their nuttiness.


13 posted on 04/16/2013 1:27:49 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Olog-hai

The problem isn’t Windows 8, the problem is people that are unwilling to change with the times.

(essentially what a FReeper said to me over the weekend - I told him what body part of mine to suck on)


14 posted on 04/16/2013 1:28:43 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: Olog-hai

Even with the slump the industry is on pace to sell over 300 million PCs this year. I wanna be in a “failing” industry selling one unit to every man woman and child in the country every year... oh wait I am, sort of (software actually, but we like PC sales).


15 posted on 04/16/2013 1:29:32 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: VanDeKoik

LOL. PC era over, okay....back in your padded room guy, take your medicine. So many businesses rely on PCS, and they will continue to do so, and Microsoft will continue to create new software.


16 posted on 04/16/2013 1:30:00 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: Olog-hai

Windows 8 sucks. I got in a laptop without a touchscreen. Had it had a touchscreen it might have been useful.


17 posted on 04/16/2013 1:30:17 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: davisfh

3 desktops here. win2000 pro on one, xp pro on one and 7 on one. I really do like 7.


18 posted on 04/16/2013 1:30:17 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Olog-hai
Its not all MS fault, sure Windows 8 is weird, until you get used to it, but the big reason for the failure of the PC market is the tablet, plain and simple.

For the vast majority of PC users, a tablet would suit their needs fine. Casual browsing, a quick note or comment to a facebook friend, reading emails.. tablets are just fine and more convenient.

19 posted on 04/16/2013 1:30:59 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: OneWingedShark
...instead focusing on ensuring correct and stable products.

This is Microsoft we're talking about. As soon as something is stable they move to a whole new version because they think you will have to buy it.

20 posted on 04/16/2013 1:31:07 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: davisfh

I’m still using XP on my desktop and laptop at home. For that matter, I’m using XP at work too.


21 posted on 04/16/2013 1:31:18 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some people take there grammar way to seriously.)
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To: Olog-hai

The PCs from 3 or 4 years ago are still “good enough”.


22 posted on 04/16/2013 1:31:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

I like Windows 8 a lot. It took me a couple of days to train myself, but now I hate going back. ....i am a developer and have to term into XP and windows 7 boxes. I have also worked on Macs.

win 8 is my favorite.


23 posted on 04/16/2013 1:31:57 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd
“Try blaming laptops, smart phones and tablets. Especially tablets.”

Try blaming the fact that the current sales reflect the number of people that actually WORK at a computer. If you spend your day with Word, Excel, and Project open, you are probably going to want a desktop and two large screens (like the one I'm typing this on).

On the other hand, if most of your computer use is fundamentally PLAY, why not go to a tablet or even a smart phone. Nobody needs two 23” monitors to check what some imbecile celebrity just tweeted.

24 posted on 04/16/2013 1:32:32 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Puppage

No, that thing sucked. Their first foray into making crappy operating systems.


25 posted on 04/16/2013 1:32:57 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Olog-hai

This guy is an idiot. You know what they aren’t counting into this #? Tablets that run windows 8. Duh...that’s the market they are trying to move into.


26 posted on 04/16/2013 1:33:25 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Olog-hai

I like windows. I’m looking out one right now. And until they find a way to modify my eyeballs and shrink my fingers, I’ll keep my PC too.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 1:33:54 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: I cannot think of a name

Yep blame the tablet which also runs windows 8. So it’s not windows that’s over it’s the desktop PC that is over.


28 posted on 04/16/2013 1:34:14 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: OneWingedShark
...and instead focusing on ensuring correct and stable products.

What?!? You think Microsoft would ever willingly go down that road?

CA....

29 posted on 04/16/2013 1:34:26 PM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“This is Microsoft we’re talking about. As soon as something is stable they move to a whole new version because they think you will have to buy it.”

They are a business. What are they supposed to do, just keep stroking some decade-old OS forever?

They didnt make Windows as a hobby.


30 posted on 04/16/2013 1:35:28 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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31 posted on 04/16/2013 1:35:36 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I think MS understands that it will probably be at least a year or two before it bears fruit, but they had to do something to get into the tablet game......The key will be if the Enterprise adapts Windows Tablets to replace the PCs, that can run the same software on the PCs.....if so, then Microsoft is far from dead.


32 posted on 04/16/2013 1:35:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: apillar

>>Yeeahhh, I’ve been reading that prediction every year since 1980...

Maybe not since 1980, but I’ve been reading the same predictions. But, I’ve never seen lifelong PC fans moving to Mac in droves as I’m seeing since Win 8 came out. The only people who (say that they) like Win 8 are people who own MS stock.


33 posted on 04/16/2013 1:35:41 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Olog-hai

The idea of a single interface for different devices is idiotic.

Windows 8 should have the Metro UI on tablets and smartphones, and the Aero UI on PCs.

They even put the Metro UI on Windows *Server*, for crying out loud.


34 posted on 04/16/2013 1:36:08 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Olog-hai

35 posted on 04/16/2013 1:37:02 PM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

all support ends for XP in less than a year.


36 posted on 04/16/2013 1:37:23 PM PDT by TV Dinners (Hope is not a Strategy)
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To: VanDeKoik
You said they should work on stability.

I was merely pointing out that stability is not their goal.

You are admitting that your stability comment was ludicrous.

37 posted on 04/16/2013 1:37:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: Olog-hai

Windows 8 is n the Windows Me and Vista camp.

Developers already offer Windows 8 shells to get rid of the interface.


38 posted on 04/16/2013 1:38:01 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: Bryanw92

“But, I’ve never seen lifelong PC fans moving to Mac in droves as I’m seeing since Win 8 came out. “

But then again despite all of these supposed “I hate Windows 8” people going to Macs because Windows 8 is too different from Windows 7 to the point where they go to a platform...that looks nothing like Windows 7, Mac sales have slumped too.

The only people that have done better seems to be Lenovo.


39 posted on 04/16/2013 1:39:18 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Responsibility2nd
Try blaming laptops, smart phones and tablets. Especially tablets.

Wait a second, are you saying this 14% drop is only counting desktops?

If that's the case then this is an overcooked goose of a story.

40 posted on 04/16/2013 1:39:38 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: Olog-hai

win 8 is AWFUL


41 posted on 04/16/2013 1:40:28 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: OneWingedShark

“instead of focusing on the whiz-bang UI and trying to follow the mobile crowd, bucking that trend and instead focusing on ensuring correct and stable products.”

Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

Sorry, that was funny.


42 posted on 04/16/2013 1:40:48 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: demshateGod

I was being sarcastic


43 posted on 04/16/2013 1:42:54 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Olog-hai
We have PC's in this house with XP, W7, and W8. I've had to do work on all three. I would take XP any day over the others, but W7 is tolerable.

W8 is fustercluck. It seems that every new MS OS closes the window (no pun intended) to customizing your PC for your own preferences. Things get moved around, ostensibly to make things "easier", but it looks like they just bury them deeper and that makes them harder.

I like the idea of a virtual desktop and treat my PC as such. I start with a clean desktop (with a nice wallpaper), just the Recycle Bin on it. I then either open apps or folders (Windows Explorer, etc.) from the Start menu or the Quickstart bar, where I keep my most commonly used apps - but not too many as to make it too crowded and therefor useless).

I don't have a smart-phone (I have no use for one - just a "regular" phone for me), so I don't care that W8 looks like a cellphone. I don't even like the look of it, TBH.

I suspect I'll be moving on to the PS4 when it comes out, as I can do almost everything there that I do on this (XP) PC, and it will be much cheaper than buying a whole new PC, along with all the setup it takes (ripping out all the bloatware and installing my own apps). What I can't do on the PS4, I'll suck it up and use my wife's laptop.

44 posted on 04/16/2013 1:43:51 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: CommieCutter
Try blaming laptops, smart phones and tablets. Especially tablets.

Wait a second, are you saying this 14% drop is only counting desktops?

If that's the case then this is an overcooked goose of a story.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I know, right? But the article sez....

PC shipments collapsed in the last quarter by almost 14 percent

I sez they should be lucky its ONLY 14 percent.

 

45 posted on 04/16/2013 1:44:49 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

>>The Windows 8 interface - apparently licensed from McDonald’s cash register system

LOL!! That’s where I’ve seen that interface before.


46 posted on 04/16/2013 1:45:02 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: BobL

I’m willing to change with the times when the change is better and not change for change’s sake.


47 posted on 04/16/2013 1:45:08 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: CommieCutter

Righto, I haven’t used a desktop in 15 years, and I can’t imagine why anyone would.

I usually run it hooked up to two large monitors, plus the notebook screen, and a keyboard and mouse. But why wouldn’t I want to be able to take it with me if I want to?


48 posted on 04/16/2013 1:48:00 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Olog-hai

Windows 8 is not that hard.

I despised it for about a day.

I’m certainly not going to purchase a 1600 dollar Mac because I think I can’t handle the new start menu. Especially when there is a fix for it.


49 posted on 04/16/2013 1:48:05 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Have you dealt with Windows 8? They changed the interface so much that I had to look up on the Internet just how to turn it off!


50 posted on 04/16/2013 1:48:27 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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