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Adapted from The Breakfast Club- Science and Tech Thursday

Last week I was surfing my Tech sites when I ran across an article celebrating the demise of Windows 7 OEM pre-installation packages which HP and Dell (among others) buy in bulk and re-sell at a reasonable price to roll-your-own and custom builders.

The author's expressed hope was that this would finally force consumers to adopt the "clearly superior in every way" Windows 8 OS and help out "poor beleaguered" Microsoft who shouldn't be forced to support antiquated and obsolete systems,

Well, you know me. There were no replies yet and I wanted to show my appreciation of the writer's effort, so I posted what I considered a rather mild response-

Windows 8 (and 8.1 for that matter) is a failure on par with Vista, not because it's inherently unstable the way Vista is, but because it's useless in a business environment which is Microsoft's meat and potatoes and they should never forget it.

Why should I waste a month or two to train all my users a new interface? Why should I switch to expensive touch screens that get greasy and smeary instantly, often require reconfiguring office space, fail incessantly, and are expensive to purchase and replace?

Windows 9 may have a chance if they find a easy way to configure for a simple (but fully featured) NT style desktop where workers see their document drafts and templates and the approved productivity applications that they require frequently and a Start Menu for those less used...

And that's it!

Some applications benefit from touch screens (Point of Sale), some do not (document creation and processing, arguably spreadsheets). Tablets and phones are field toy substitutes useful for enterprise communication and navigation (phone) and client presentations (tablets). Otherwise they are huge black holes of productivity where your employees play games and update their personal social media (phones), and watch streaming video (tablets).

I will admit the Surface has the right idea with a real, though inferior, keyboard.

If Microsoft does not address those concerns I will continue to purchase Windows 7 as long as I can find an available copy and when I do switch my enterprise to a different Operating System it will be to Linux which provides my IT department with the necessary tools for easy installation, upgrade, maintenance, and control; and my workers with a consistent interface that requires minimal training to be productive.

Business computers need to be easy to use, not a colossal waste of time (which is money) and money (which is also money).

Alas, once a troll always a troll. To their credit the dialog was more polite (if less creative) than I have been trained to expect from my involvement with political sites. I wasn't called a no-good Naderite more materially responsible for the demise of the Republic than corporately corrupt, moronically myopic, lesser evil legislators, but the attacks seemed faint-hearted and lacking in the glittering venom that the shills, toadies, and bullies bring. Oh, for a foe worthy of my rapier wit.

And of course 2 days later Microsoft announces Windows 10 which validates my every criticism. I'm sure they will apologize profusely.

Windows 10 is 'Windows for the masses'
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet
October 7, 2014 -- 12:48 GMT (05:48 PDT)

Let's get one thing straight. I'm convinced that the purpose of this Technical Preview is to convince all those Windows 7 enterprise users that Windows 10 puts behind it all that Windows 8 nonsense. Windows 8 put far too much focus on features that businesses saw at best as irrelevant because most of their PCs don't have touch, and at worse expensive because it meant lots of costly retraining, downtime, and inefficiencies.

Mission accomplished. Windows 10 proves that Microsoft is brave enough to admit that the Windows 8 experiment was a failure and that it's now time to get back to the serious business of building a platform that people want, not one that they are told they need.

Now I'm certain that there are going to be people who are distressed by Microsoft's decision to resurrect the Start Menu and put it and the Windows Desktop back in the limelight. I don't blame them. They've put a lot of effort into morphing their workflows to fit in around Windows 8, and then changed that again once to accommodate changes bought about by Windows 8.1. Some even went as far as evangelizing the changes, claiming that they represented the future, and that everyone is just going to have to get used to it.

Yeah, about that…

The important thing to appreciate about Windows 10 is that Microsoft isn't building an operating system specifically for you or me. Microsoft is building it to cater for the billion or so people out there using PCs that aren't touch-enabled. These are the people who have invested billions and billions of worker-days in creating effective workflows that utilize the Windows paradigms they have come to know (and perhaps love), and for Microsoft to come along and make drastic fundamental changes to this is a risky maneuver.

Windows 10 is a clear signal to all the uneasy enterprise customers that those crazy days are over. Windows 10 isn't for those people who want to live on the cutting edge. Windows 10 is Windows for the masses.

Windows 8 was undoubtedly a brave move. I think Microsoft thought that if it made Windows a touch-first platform, it would revive flagging PC sales by fostering new PC form factors. But it didn't work. Partly because people are getting out of the habit of buying new PCs every few years, partly because Windows 8 user interface was an incoherent muddle, and partly because Microsoft and the OEMs didn't do a good job of communicating the benefits of the new platform.

And now it's equally brave that Microsoft is moving on.

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Submitted by ek hornbeck on

I crack me up.

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Submitted by paintedjaguar on

Easy -- three words, Windows App Store. MS just can't resist trying to monetize and control their user base, even though their near monopoly was built on an open computing environment. "Push" internet connections, rental licensing schemes, and now walled-garden software control... anyway, that's my theory.

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Submitted by okanogen on

"Tech" writers still think, with no evidence, that touch screens are "cutting edge". I've been using touch screens for ten years, and still mourn the passing of XP.... Now it is true that Windows 7 brought significant networking improvements, but at the expensive of losing the mundane, but functional, XP organizational interfaces (I.e. Windows Explorer). The whole " library" concept is one that most Windows power users find rather clunky. If I wanted sym links, why wouldn't I just use Linux?

I too have been scrounging and recycling Windows 7 licenses, primarily to roll back the os on laptops, you can't wear out a virtualized desktop ;-)

Submitted by lambert on

There are two nutty things about touch screens for laptops and desktops*:

1) If I'm typing and touching the screen too, that's just so stupid and ugly and prone to error that I might as well rule out typing, which in my case means content creation, and so one might think because

2) the logic of touch is exactly that of a phone tree ("Swipe 1 for English" instead of "Press 1 of English, meaning

3) one mostly interacts through touch with a system where all the choices have been structured by programmers according to whatever perverse worldview their funders may have. So, compliance, lack of critical thinking, and so on.

Too paranoid? Maybe. More broadly, whoever would have thought that touch would reduce choice, and not increase it?

NOTE * I exempt my iPad, which I love, and do use to create visual content. But typing on it? Horribly, horribly slow and cumbersome, and it's really no help to say I can carry about a loose USB keyboard.

Submitted by cg.eye on

If you find some spare disks w/ licenses intact, let me know? I don't want to move from XP, but I'll be darned if I spend a fortune on it.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

I have missed your rapier wit! Unfortunately, I know too little on your subject today to comment on the substance, so an off topic hello is the best I can manage.

Good to see you are still around.