As it turns out, Tim Cook has a knack for this as well. Surprising, given no one ever thought he had Jobs' charisma. During the earnings call to discuss the results of the March quarter (outstanding as always), he was asked about Microsoft's decision to make one OS for PC and tablet.
It was a long-winded answer, but fortunately, he made his best point early.
"The problem is that products are about trade-offs, and you begin to make trade-offs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn't please anyone. You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user," said Cook.
He's almost totally correct. I don't think Windows 8 will be a stinker for tablets. In fact, it could be quite nice, given it bears such a strong resemblance to Windows Phone 7 and the fact that Windows Phone 7 users tend to like it, including me.
But as a desktop OS, my mind remains unchanged. This is a bad idea and the joke name "Vista 8" is looking more appropriate. Not that it will be a poorly designed and architected OS like Vista was, but it will be one that the public thoroughly rejects."
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