Quoting petrossa, reply 7I'm afraid this is the death toll for SD.
XP was the 'death toll' for SD because it supposedly looked sexier in default than 98 ....until someone said 'Fisher Price'.
7 was the 'death toll' for SD because it DID look sexier in default than XP....until the novelty wore off.
8 was the 'death toll' for SD because it looked like there was no relevance....until start8 came along.
Anyone else see a trend here?...
Yes someone who assumes that everything stays the same since it always worked before. There is no other solution for MS then to blackbox the OS and the applications.
They are losing the comfy cushion of monopolization, their first loss reported won't be their last since structurally if you build your empire on a monopoly to generate off the charts profits and the monopoly is gone , the off the chart profits are gone too. And with that a nosediving stock value.
So you need to replace your monopoly with something that can generate equal unrealistic profits. And they only way is to become Apple v2.0
It's weird how people can be so gullible about this paradigm shift. The current version is just crap no matter MS fans want to see it differently. It has the worst of both worlds. The only logical next step is the phase out one world and strengthen the other.
Win32 WILL be gone. Skinning will be gone. Skinning was never a part of MS's interest, they'd rather not have it. Uniformity is their mainstay, this is all fringe activity. MS isn't going to keep huge chunks of superfluous code in just to please a tiny group of skinners or customizers.
Remember who said is first, keep this post, print it and hang it on the wall of your office. In 5+ years time you can tell me i am a visionary.