Then read it as 90% or so of all computers around the world run Windows.
Then read it as 90% or so of all computers around the world run Windows.
I hate to be picky but your (or business insider's stats) are very out of of date, iPhone sales are now over 200 million, iPad sales 55 million (Tim Cook Feb 16th 2012) prior to the new iPad launch . According to http://gs.statcounter.com/ there are still more iOS devices being used in the wild than Android devices, neck and neck last time I checked, so combined iOS and Android devices make up around half a billion portable computers. Most of those devices would have been bought within the last 3 years. Compare that to Windows 7 which has been out for around 3 years and has been installed on 431 million computers. I haven't included Mac OSX devices here (probably around 35 million over the past 3 years). So iOS + Android + OSX devices = Approx 540 Million computers Vs 431 Windows 7 devices sold in the last 3 years or 55.6% vs 44.4%, (I haven't included Linux, Chrome,Rim Windows phone 7 but you get the idea) compare that 44.4% to the 92% dominance of Microsoft just 5 years ago and you get an idea of where the future is heading. So although as you correctly pointed out there are still lots of windows boxes out there (many of them with a decade old OS installed i.e. XP), it's clear that the majority of people are now buying portable computers and this trend will only continue. Microsoft may well come out dominating the new mobile era with it's metro interface, I'm not sure it's compelling enough or even suitable for most people, lets wait and see. At the moment Windows is still very relevant, but every day it appears to be becoming less so.
Hey, my iPhone has replaced my Windows XP Netbook for travel. It does all the travel computing I need.
My iPhone doesn't realize it isn't a computer, phone, music player, etc.
I think there are very good arguments in both directions here.
I think the biggest hurdle MS will have to get over is to convince all it's customers that this "metro" feature is a better way of computing than the previous ways. They really need to do a full-on Apple-esque demo on their website and really go through the new features point by point.
I think the next biggest hurdle MS will face is how to convince the business world this new version of windows works well for them as well. As I browsed the MS website to get a closer look at the "metro" UI...i did notice that you can turn it on and off. The Start Button is still at the bottom left, and you can hover over the bottom left corner to bring up a start menu. But, like all MS products, there is a lot of redundancy there. Since a huge percentage of users of Windows are in the business community, this "metro" feature only distracts from the work at-hand. There is nothing inherently "business" about the new UI. If you couldn't turn it off, business productivity (IMO) would severely decrease because of all the distractions that sit on the home screen.
Personally, my line of work is a Windows-based business and will probably never go Mac. So I will be forced to learn it. I prefer using my Mac for personal use, but having two laptops and the idea of syncing information between the two (since I don't want to mix the use of either...seeing as my company paid for the PC and not my Mac) would be quite tiring. So I have to just suck it up and have all my personal stuff on the Mac and keep a clean PC for just work. My point is, I still think MS has a long road ahead of them...but the overall strategy of connecting the UI to your personal life is quite appealing. But in reality they're really just trying to keep up with the rest of the world (i.e. iOS, OSX, Android). They've taken much too long to do that.
This "metro" interface is very confusing. They should have at least created an organized strategy with the colors. Apple's OS's doesn't really do this either but at least most of their system apps are quite distinguishable from each other. If MS wants to do the colored tiles at least make sense of the colors. For example: Communications could all be colored green, Social networking in blue (meaning twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc.), with productivity in red (meaning MS Office apps) and so on and so-forth. Nope, not MS, they want to do some other way of coloring things...god forbid they tell us on their own website why we have these different colored tiles. And for the horizontal scrolling...i know this is geared more towards the tablet market but if you have this UI on a desktop PC, you can't scroll with your mouse that way. Huge flaw IMO.
I actually kind of like that you login to everything in your life from the OS and not a web-browser (i.e. facebook, twitter, mail, etc.) That seems to be a hurdle that Apple hasn't quite got full control on yet but they are getting a lot closer. Granted secure website aren't all controlled from your @live.com login but I do like how MS has done this. Granted, Apple has the @me.com and the iTunes login to control a lot of things in the OS as well.
This windows e-store is a good solution in comparison to the iTunes store. Let me say how horrible and bloated the iTunes store has become. Why the heck can't i search for books from the iTunes store? It directs me to the iBookstore on the app. How stupid! Plus you can't specify your search criteria. If you know you're looking for an app, you should be able to only search the App store...why include movies/TV music, etc. in the search if you know you're looking for an App? Really fisrt off, Apple needs to rename the iTunes store (maybe the "iStore" or "iMarket" or just something). Second they really need to take iTunes and completely overhaul it. Maybe break it out into sections...better yet. Rename iTunes to iHub or iLife or something so its name actually indicated the multitude of information that it carries. Lion already does this with the Mac App Store. Why not go one step further and make the Mac App store the one stop shop and then make iTunes (which needs renaming) be the hub for you digital life. It seems to be going that way in iOS (i.e. "videos", "music", "iTunes" and "App Store" all seperate apps now, but I think they really need to take it about 5 steps further and into OSX as well.
So regardless of what you think about MS, you have to hand it to them that they kind of took their time and gave it the ole-college try with Windows 8. It looks like they really did try to make it a holistic approach to the UI. Time will tell how successful it will be. If it is successful, I think Android will be the one in 3rd place when it comes to the general one-stop user experience.
I'd say a lot of people care, as virtually all computers around the world run Windows.
Or didn't you know that?
Or how about if we simply read what the other person wrote?
Some of us prefer to stick to what people say rather than constantly making things up and pretending that's what they said - as you do.
Every time I see promotion for a new Windows OS, I think, "wow..that looks pretty good". Then I get to use it and it's horrible.
I'm consulting for a company that uses Window 7 now (last time I was there, there were still on XP) and I thought I was going to like it, but so far, I kind of hate it. I find the application icons to be ugly and confusing. When I have multiple documents open for the same app, it's a pain to have to click on the icon and choose the document each time.
And maybe there's something wrong with the installation, but whenever I try to copy Visio screens to Word, the system frequently hangs up for several minutes, then I get a popup saying that some other app is doing an OLE transaction or something of the sort, even though no other app is doing anything. If I tell it to proceed anyway, nothing happens and I have to kill the app, losing work. If I cancel, after another minute or two, Word reports that it has a problem and when I click OK on that popup, the Visio screen finally gets copied into the Word document. But as soon as it copies, Word decides to do a backup save and that takes an inordinate amount of time. This happens all day long. Didn't happen in XP. You can keep Windows 7. I don't see what benefits it provides. As far as I'm concerned, the last decent Windows OS was Win 98. Before that, the last decent Microsoft OS was DOS.