While you may be 'used to' a PC, this generation is increasingly not so. They are in fact 'used to' phones/tablets by now. My children (all grown already) can text and surf for webpages on their mobile devices just as fast (if not faster) than anyone else can on a PC. Fact of life these days....
Life's 1st law of life: Those not in forward motion get left behind.
And if they are happy with their mobile phone..... why bother buying a PC at all? You dont use your car the way you use your computer... and so why should I use my computer like a phone?
Believe in Mircosofts marketing all you want.... a mobile phone GUI on a desktop operating system is downright stupid.
As far leaving behind.... this is such a PATHETIC argument.... we speak about an OS here.... not some treck in the wild west. And there is very little consequence in avoiding Win 8 all together. In fact, bad sales may make MS revert back to common sense.
Quoting Savyg, reply 264
Quoting moshi, reply 262no changes since at least October 2010
the only thing that has changed is that consumer versions qualify for extendend support as well.
And that happened in 2012.
clearly they forgot to update the top of the page
I see no point in debating/arguing the 'supposed' end of support dates. Clearly Micrsoft is disappointed in the slow uptake of Windows 8 and is seeking solutions to migrate as many people as possible over to the new system. The heavily discounted pricing didn't work - and MS wants more Win 8 users to reduce its support load - so if a second attempt at discount pricing fails mid-2013, then MS may just be forced to employ heavier-handed measures.
Perhaps 'my little bird' wasn't too far off the mark after all.
It is clear to me that you have not the slighest idea in the world how economy works....
The CUSTOMER.... and NOT THE COMPANY chooses what is done.... and what product is the future.
So, if Microsoft uses your "Heavier handed measures" it may soon find out that the customer is capable of much more severe measures. And unlike Microsoft the customer can do this as long as he wants.
Actually, with the current quite unimpressive scale of sales, there is a descent change that support for Windows 7 is extended even further.
You are dearly mistaken, to believe that Microsoft can force something onto people and companies that said people and companies dont want. Welcome to the free market. If your product sucks, you improve it... or leave the market.
Which might not be too bad after all.... I dont think anyone would miss Microsoft..... besides.... even a market share drop down to 30 % would wo wonders to the OS market..... and would place them to the place where they belong.
I dont see companies moving to Windows 8 any time soon.... as for them... there is no advantage..... only cost and high loss of productivity until people learn to use the retarded GUI. Similar to most end users.