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  •  I started with C64 (6+ / 0-)

    Which I still have.  A IIGS I still keep.   I was a developer for OS/2, and a developer for OS/2 Warp and OS/2 Merlin, including Beta.

    I was a beta candidate for WfWG, Win95, Win98, Windows 2000, etc.

    There are always significant changes, good and bad.   There have been times where the right idea just comes along and hits you.  Other moments where something goes wrong.

    Frankly, there are a lot of things I really admire about Win8, but there are a lot of things where I think from Beta just prior to RC1 and RC1 there were some changes made that I don't think worked to it's benefit.  

    I've helped people with development on Android, iPhone, Windows.  

    Having played with it, this is what I'm going to tell you:

    The Surface RT is not the right item.  Samsung is about to introduce an RT tablet running on the far superior Qualcomm chip and it will be the one to get.  Surface isn't a bad idea, but MS's commitment to having a storefront and sync app ready at launch was a major disaster.

    The one product Microsoft has that really does work far better than I ever expected is the Windows Phone.   For the first time in years, I dropped my iPhone and traded in for a Nokia 920.  Better camera, fast, functional, and the integration with Skype and other tools really stand out.   It's the one thing where MS really hit an absolute homerun in my book.

    Windows 8 is one of those things that is hurt because it's place in a business environment isn't so good.  This is because of the way the shell is managed and it goes against a lot of the beta advice they received.   There is some talk that some of the items prior to RC1 will be restored in a future Service Pack.  If that's the case, people will get what they want.

    So, my end thoughts:

    Windows8: wait unless you have a touchscreen
    WindowsRT: Surface is "OK", but better options coming
    WindowsPhone8: The only complete success out of the group.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:41:53 PM PST

    •  Windows Surface Pro is sounding good (1+ / 0-)
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      tmservo433

      Most reviews seem to be gushing about it, but it sure is expensive.  I'm holding off on Win8 until my graphic programs go "native" - and I get a nice, bit trackpad like the new Logitech T650

      It will be interesting to see what happens when the full Win8 phone> tablet> desktop is finished (next year?) - could be a truly "disruptive technology"...

      "Curiouser and curiouser!"

      by TechBob on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:39:35 PM PST

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