The latest Windows 8 buzz is beginning to come in with its scheduled release coming up and evaluters speculating on what the final product may be like. Here are the results of a recent poll:
This is from a source I give some credence to based on past experiences with the group. I think it's a pretty alarming breakdown for MS. Couple that with the fact that the metro angle can't be used to market the product, and things look grim for this unpopular and unmarketable product...bad combination.
There is also talk that Microsoft may block system changes that would make it possible to boot to the desktop in Windows 8. I don't see how this would hurt much honestly, considering the start menu has been wiped out. StarDock supposedly has an app for a start menu, but apparently MS is moving against even Administrative capabilities for setting boots into the desktop mode using Group Policy. Even start menu would not change the fact that there is an unnecessary behemoth over the desktop.
All this talk can't be helping make positive perceptions of 8, and to me there seems to be a groundswell growing...potentially much bigger than the Vista rebellion...against the OS. Just a guess here, but I would say that unless something changes, the reception to this release will make Vista look like the Queen's ball in comparison.
I think MS could continue to drag this out to bleed developers of apps, convincing them that all boots will go into the tiled area, then change the setup, possibly even add a start menu. But this would be a HUGE mistake as these developers carry a lot of weight when it comes to deciding what will be next. I hope MS isn't counting on being able to change the game with developers that way.
At this time MS is apparently declining comment on these developments...
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