Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
I wish I'd answered the question as concisely as you did!
Well, you said something's that we're useful, and true. I just replied quickly. I agree with most of what you said.
But I could go further, and I'll do so in a few sentences.
I believe Apple will eventually combine the OS's. I've said this in a number of posts over the years. I think the OS will be a universal one, but one that will add features as the device needs, and can handle it. A smooth increase in power and feature set.
I believe the apps (or whatever we'll call them all), will also install as the hardware needs. So a word processor will allow reading and a few minor edits on an iPhone. Much more could be done on an iPad, and the full panapoly of features and power will be released on a more powerful machine. All the documents, of course, would reside in the cloud, and all edits would be moved to each device.
This should allow people to move from their iPhone, to their iPad, and finally to their notebook, iMac or Mac Pro without having to learn something completely different, just more features as one goes upwards. The opposite in the other direction of course.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is close to being screwed. I read in a few places that Win 8 may be a threat to OS X and iOS. I read that about every OS release that MS has made over the years, but here we are, with Windows sales slowing down, and OS X growing at a steady 25% a year.
MS needed to come out with Win8. They had to. They had no choice to do it any other way. Why? Because they see Apple with a significant marketshare in the iPhone. A marketshare that continues to grow. They see Android with a huge marketshare, though it's growth has slowed down.
They see the iPad selling like hotcakes, and that growth exploding for individuals, business, education, and even the military and government.
But MS has almost no presence in either area, and has no look at one in the near future. Metro has proven so far to be highly Unpopular, with no growth. Tablets? Feh!
So Metro seems to have no future. No one, from the Zune HD, to WP7 seems to want a device based on it. So what do they have to do? They have to get it out there so that people must see it, and use it. So therefor, Win8. They are hoping that once people need to upgrade to a new computer, they will find Win8 to be pleasing, and so will buy tablets and phones based on it.
It's kind of risky. So far, more people don't like Win8 than do, and that's in the Windows techie group. What will the average person think?
One problem is that they spent so much time on metro they didn't have enough to spend on the Win7 Desktop which is still in there. Some upgrades, but nothing all that major. Faster start-up, no Start button. Nothing much else. It's: two (clap), two (clap), two favors, I mean OS's in one! That's ok for gum, but I don't think it will chew, I mean fly, here.
Just a few sentences, yup!