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Egy Windows 8 szkeptikus pálfordulása

Egy Microsoft szkeptikus pálfordulása
Microsoft gets it right with Windows 8 on ARM, and why Apple should be worried
[Feb 10, 2012]

So far I’ve been concerned that WOA would offer a cut-down, Fisher Price soft of Windows experience. It would look at a bit like duck, quack something like a duck, but actually be more of a platypus than a duck, and that ultimately this would be its undoing. But now I realize that I was wrong. WOA looks like Windows, quacks like Windows, and is Windows. Microsoft has pulled off what it promised, and has taken its desktop OS and put it across multiple platforms and onto various screen sizes. This changes how we look at tablets.

It’s fair to say that I’m impressed. Very impressed.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet Hardware 2.0 and The PC Doctor

Valójában még ennél is többről van szó, ha a fejlesztési aspektust is figyelembe vesszük: ld. Fejlesztés a Windows 8 ARM-os változatára (‘Szoftver aktualitások’ blog, 2012. február 10.). Adrian Kingsley-Hughes-hoz visszatérve ugyanakkor nem árt felidézni az illető ezévre vonatkozó első, teljes mostani, majd a kettő közötti, korábbi megnyilatkozásait:

Time for some 2012 predictions … [Jan 1, 2012]

Windows – We’re going to see Windows 8 unleashed this year, so there’s going to be a lot of excitement there. Personally, I’m not so sure how this new OS will be received by the masses. It’s adds some much-needed polish on top of Windows 7, but it also brings with it a whole heap of tablet/touch stuff that will be irrelevant to the majority of Windows users.

PCs

… I’m not sure what effect Windows 8 will have on PC sales. My prediction here is that OEMs are going to have a hard time convincing customers that they need Windows 8’s touch-based improvements on a PC that’s kitted out with a keyboard and mouse.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet Hardware 2.0 and The PC Doctor

Microsoft gets it right with Windows 8 on ARM, and why Apple should be worried [Feb 10, 2012]

Summary: WOA looks like Windows, quacks like Windows, and is Windows. Microsoft has pulled off what it promised, and has taken its desktop OS and put it across multiple platforms and onto various screen sizes.

This morning I got the chance to take a peek at WOA running on a device. It wasn’t hands-on exactly, and I wasn’t allowed to take screenshots or photos, but what I was shown was interesting. The OS is looking good, and there’s been a lot of changes since the developer preview. The touch UI has seen a lot of improvements and refinements.

I can also confirm that Microsoft Office 15 apps exist. They’re NOT like the desktop Office applications that you’re currently using, but more like hybrid apps. From what I saw (taking into account that this is unfinished code), the ARM versions of Office seem to offer all the features of their desktop counterparts. They’re highly customized for touch, but this I’ve been told won’t result in compromises. There won’t be a gulf between Office on WOA devices and x86/x64 PCs like there is say between iWork applications on a Mac, and their equivalent on iOS devices.

And this is why Apple should be worried. So far I’ve been concerned that WOA would offer a cut-down, Fisher Price soft of Windows experience. It would look at a bit like duck, quack something like a duck, but actually be more of a platypus than a duck, and that ultimately this would be its undoing. But now I realize that I was wrong. WOA looks like Windows, quacks like Windows, and is Windows. Microsoft has pulled off what it promised, and has taken its desktop OS and put it across multiple platforms and onto various screen sizes. This changes how we look at tablets.

Apple has maintained a gulf between the Mac OS and iOS on a number of fronts. While we’re seeing some unification (in many ways with the migration of iOS features into the Mac OS), you can’t argue that there’s still a big chasm between the two platforms. While ARM inevitably introduces a difference between it and x86/x64 simply because of the lack of legacy support, it’s a much smaller gap, both in terms of usability and functionality. While I think that the iPad 3 and iOS 5.1 will represent evolutionary change rather than a revolution, if WOA devices take off (still a big if in my opinion), The iPad 4 and iOS 6.x may have to spice things up a few more notches to counter the Windows effect.

I’m still concerned about the heavy Metro UI on the desktop, and still hope that there will be a way for users to disable this on non-touch devices, and I’m sort of surprised by Microsoft’s decision to kill the Start button, but as far as that Metro UI is concerned, Microsoft has created a consistent experience across X86/x64 and ARM.

It’s fair to say that I’m impressed. Very impressed.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet Hardware 2.0 and The PC Doctor

A kettő közötti, korábbi megnyilatkozások:

Dell undecided on whether to put Android or Windows 8 on late-2012 consumer tablets [Jan 12, 2012]
Why ‘post-PC’ is a far bigger threat to Microsoft than Mac or Linux ever was [Jan 18, 2012]
Windows 8 tablet requirements – The good, the bad and the ugly [Jan 18, 2012]
How ‘Post-PC’ could be good for Linux [Jan 19, 2012]
Why iOS will never beat Android – Diversity [Jan 19, 2012]: “Bottom line, always bet on Android!”
The PC industry is heading for collapse [Jan 20, 2012]
Windows 8 and the death of ‘rich’ apps [Jan 31, 2012]: “Over time, cheaper Metro style apps are likely to erode the dominance that ‘rich’ apps have on the desktop, and as a result of this the landscape will evolve.”
Five reasons why Windows 8 won’t be dead on arrival [Feb 7, 2012]: “While I think that the platform is going to have a tough time gaining traction, I don’t believe that it will be dead on arrival”
The biggest loser from the success of Windows 8 will be … [Feb 8, 2012]: “It’s the x86 architecture”

Feltöltve 2012. február 13. hétfő Szerző: Nacsa Sándor

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