Dashel, on 11 May 2012 - 20:06, said:
Still don't follow you. Sure, the desktop form factor won't live on as the defacto standard, no issue there. That doesn't mean that the form factor is obsolete, or to the point, that our form factor is so irrelevant already that it should be regulated to some harebrained definition of legacy support.
There is nothing stopping Windows from embracing other form factors. That isn't really a point of contention. The issue is that they are catering to one class of device at the expense of a much larger one. Cause billions of PCs is just sooo niche.
Where would computing or Windows be without portables? Same place we already are since they haven't done ****. Only the advent of ubiquitous networking and capacitive, lightweight screens has changed anything - namely the new mobile space that this OS clearly favors in its current state.
Favoring any particular class of device is no longer practical - and that includes the desktop form-factor.
That's the real reason for all the angst among the detractors - and they have actually dared admit it.
Until Windows 8, Windows itself had a strong desktop bias. (In fact, until recently, Windows didn't play very nice with portable PCs such as laptops and notebooks, and how much of an issue is Windows on netbooks today?)
Now, that desktop bias isn't there. And that very fact is why there are screams galore.
It can be honestly compared to the reaction among rednecks in Alabama when no less than George Wallace began courting the Black vote. (Some redneck wag actually had a poster of Wallace with horns, pitchfork, parka - and wearing ice skates - in front of a snow-covered Governor's House in Birmingham. Said poster made its way to Maryland - and eventually to CNN.)
That Windows 8 in Consumer Preview form is actually *better* in terms of backward compatibility than Windows 7 + Service Pack 1 is - despite that lack of desktop bias - has amazed even the detractors. (As well it should; as I myself pointed out, backward-compatibility has traditionally been a bugbear for betas of Windows.)
I know it sounds horrible to compare the UI-skewering that Windows 8 has caused to the angst among erstwhile Klanspersons to "Governor Segregation" actively courting Black voters; just think how it is for *me* (someone that is Black, a registered Democrat, who lives in the state where someone actually tried to KILL the man - and then to see the man change his spots so dramatically) to see avowed liberals acting like so many avowed Rick Santorum supporters and other reactionaries - all by moving from politics to Windows.
Is this how the Obamas would feel if they crashed the GOP convention later this year in Tampa?