If you read one thing about Windows 8 today, make it this piece at Robert X. Cringely’s blog. Here’s a snippet:
So the company is trying very hard to use this new Windows release to help gain the upper hand in mobile.
It won’t work.
It won’t work because you can’t takeover mobile by hobbling the desktop. By adopting a common code base for both desktops and mobile all Microsoft is doing is compromising both. This is not good but I’m fairly confident it will also be shortly reversed.
Using the Windows 8 beta the first three words out of my mouth were “How do I?” and then frustration. Have you tried it? It is not intuitive. Power users will persist and figure it out, but Mom and most everyone else will not be happy.
We are less than two months away from the Windows 8 launch, and Microsoft is going full steam ahead.