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JokeRe: Compiler Warnings for Objective-C Developers PinprofessionalMatthew Faithfull29-Apr-13 13:38 
NewsMy two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price PinstaffTerrence Dorsey28-Apr-13 11:00 
News5 Ways Microsoft Could Fix The PC (and Windows 8) PinstaffTerrence Dorsey28-Apr-13 11:00 
GeneralRe: 5 Ways Microsoft Could Fix The PC (and Windows 8) PinadminChris Maunder28-Apr-13 11:50 
I totally disagree that the PC is dying. We're simply no longer using it for things that it's not that great at, such as lounging on the couch and reading the news, watching a video or chatting to friends.
Many things we used to do on PCs we now do on our phone or tablet. This doesn't mean that all those things we still need a PC for are disappearing too. Anything involving lots of typing (writing, programming, editing), anything requiring large screens (developing, writing, graphics), and anything that requires serious power still need a desktop. Granted, more and more can move to a tablet, but there's one fundamental piece missing with tablets: the PC. As a central place to sync and to organise your devices (especially in the Mac world) you still need a PC. As a place to store your music and movies you still need a PC unless you have small collections or unlimited gigabit internet connection.
My view is that Microsoft are trying to make the PC into a tablet experience which is a dumb, dumb, dumb thing to do. Make the OS suit the device, so on tablets and convertibles have the Metro UI. On desktops have the Desktop UI.
Further, stop making Windows complicated, especially if the feeling is the Desktop phase is coming to an end. Embrace what people really want, which is a super simple OS for organising files and running applications. Make the PC for the office super streamlined, easy to deploy, low maintenance and secure. Make the PC for the home a true hub. Make it be the thing you please next to your amplifier and serves your media, or as an all-in-one with a bluetooth keyboard that sits in the kitchen or living room and lets you organise yourself really easily, including allowing you to type and handle stuff like files and devices. This isn't a tablet's role.
Let tablets and phones be tablets and phones. Let the desktop be a desktop and be tuned for those tasks. Most importantly, make the OS (not necessarily the UI) consistent. In Metro you still have to drop back to Desktop sometimes. In desktop, on a touch device, you are still presented with XP-era dialogs.
Further, make the apps you offer decent. The out-of-the-box selection in Win8 are anything but showcase apps. They are a let down to users.
I personally wish they had not introduced Metro on desktops at all. Completely hide it. Then, on tablets ensure that Metro works really well and that all the Desktop stuff doesn't leak (no XP style dialogs). Then, ditch Windows Phone 8 and use the tablet OS on phones. You then have one underlying OS with 3 UIs: desktop, tablet and phone. Elements and branding will be shared, it will be comfortable switching between, and it will all make sense and be simplified.
Chris Maunder
The Code Project | Co-founder
Microsoft C++ MVP

GeneralRe: 5 Ways Microsoft Could Fix The PC (and Windows 8) PinprofessionalSoMad28-Apr-13 13:06 
GeneralRe: 5 Ways Microsoft Could Fix The PC (and Windows 8) PinprotectorAspDotNetDev29-Apr-13 11:19 
NewsCan You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home PinstaffTerrence Dorsey28-Apr-13 10:59 
NewsWindows 7 still rules the enterprise, but that's starting to change PinstaffTerrence Dorsey28-Apr-13 10:59 
NewsWhy Your Code's UX Matters PinstaffTerrence Dorsey25-Apr-13 12:00 
GeneralRe: Why Your Code's UX Matters PinadminChris Maunder25-Apr-13 13:15 

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