Windows has started going the other way. Win8.1 runs faster on my main dev box than Vista did and one of the main goals of Win10 is to bring along old systems and get as many people as possible to move on up. No doubt this has hurt the hardware folks though as there's less and less reason to buy a new system.
My main dev box at work started as a Vista system. Upgraded through Win7 and now it's been upgraded to Win8.1. It only feels slow compared to my much newer system at home. It doesn't take any longer to load files or reboot than it ever did. In fact it's only gotten faster as I've upgraded.
What I don't do is install a bunch of crap on it that's going to run in the background. At home it's much the same only I run most of the systems as a standard (non-admin) user. Want to stop pretty much all drive by installs in their tracks? Run as a standard user.
Tetris, the last BLOCKBUSTER.
Your criticism is two years too late.
This isn't one size fits all. Win8 was one size fits all with the "Everyone gets a start screen" attitude. This is bringing back what made Windows great, user choice. Don't like the start screen? Fine, use the start menu. Not happy with that? Fine customize it till the cows come home. It will work differently on different devices which is exactly what people have been asking for.
Pinning things to the task bar is the way to go. I almost never need to use the start page.
Curse my faulty memory circuits!
You are right.
2012 they gave us Nokia 920s AND Surface RT units.
I hope this doesn't mean they're not going to do Build. This has been a pretty sweet gravy train.
Both wrong. The first Build was in 2010 where they gave out the Samsung slate running the first public developer release of Win8. I still use mine every day.
2011 they gave out Nokia 920 phones.
2012 was Surface RT tablets.
2013 Build was Surface Pro tablets with a crappy Acer 8" thrown in.
2014 they gave out Xbox units (but not for dev which made it strange) and $500 credit at the MS store.
I do not require audio applications, I do not listen to music that much, don't need it but I do not mind it. However if it is an 'audio application' it should be standalone and not tied into any 'platform' whatsoever.
Here is what I either want to have or can tolerate on the phone:
2. Address Book / Phone Book.
5. Text notes.
7. Voice recorder (very useful if can also record phone calls).
8. View of images / movies.
10. Alarm clock.
11. Daily planner.
13. File manager.
That is what I think a smartphone is for and I do not want anything else on it.
We could have socialized medicine in the US if we could get this money.
Or we could have something useful. Or just not collect the taxes in the first place, if that's the best you can do with it.
At the time when an average
Business in USA naturally follows the guidelines set by the government, which itself puts an overwhelming emphasis on 'improving' numbers and it does it by redefining the scales and de-emphasising absolute values.
The so called 'GDP', the so called 'CPI', the so called 'core inflation', the so called 'unemployment rate' and various other measures are used to manipulate the perception of the economy by the markets and individuals to the great detriment to the actual economy and thus those very individuals.
The real numbers are not taken into account. Destructive inflation is now touted as an economic imperative and falling prices are the 'dreaded deflation'.
In the world where everybody lies to everybody, just another lying set of numbers at Dell is not a big deal until it too leads to destruction.
Left wing politics of freedom, as in the original idea behind liberalism, not left wing politics of theft - the socialist/communist/fascist version.
I have nothing to thank your politics except for hundreds of millions of dead people, billions of poor people and the economic collapse.
They do not have the same equal opportunity TO SUCCEED, nobody does.
They have the same equal opportunity TO TRY to succeed and not be discriminated against by the government, be treated equally under law. Your society destroyed that concept.
Ideological bullshit is stealing from those who can make it to subsidise those who cannot make it and call it 'fairness' and even insist it somehow promotes 'human rights'.
Theft does not make anything 'right' regardless how you justify it.
Equal opportunities does NOT mean that everybody has to be born in the same household, it means that GOVERNMENT MUST NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SOME TO PROVIDE ADVANTAGES TO OTHERS, which is what you are ideologically aligned with: using force and violence of the government to create discrimination.
Equal opportunities means equality under law and you breed inequality under law.
Oh, I didn't say anything about revenue. I completely agree that Apple is a really well run money generation machine. They've always done well selling Macs even though the market share was low. Back in the day when I would talk to my mac friends they would assure me that they liked it that way; Apple wasn't going to compromise in pursuit of market share.
Then the iPhone was a hit. It seemed like everyone had one and my friends were all happy to crow about their fat market share and I don't say I blamed them. It feels good to back a winner. WP isn't going away though. Unlike Blackberry, MS is still making money hand over fist in other places and the mobile segment of their strategy is too important to give up on. They'll just keep pouring money into it until it has momentum to self sustain. That's what they did with xbox, windows server and even office back when it was the underdog.
As a fan of WP I have gained an appreciation for how my Mac friends feel on the PC side. Meanwhile Google is just going to keep pushing the peddle and Android will seep into every nook and cranny of our lives. Not a pleasant thought but I don't see anyone catching them any time soon.