Originally Posted by assassin
I agree. It looks like M$ is trying to make a tablet OS since maybe they feel like they missed out with the iPhone and iPad and their thinking is this is their way back to dominance. I can't help but think that the desktop PC user (or HTPC user in our case) might be getting left behind.
I totally agree with the author that many of these things should have been an addition to (and not in place of) Windows 7 which just works well for desktop PC users.
I'm not so sure they are trying to create just a tablet OS as they are trying to create a common interface OS recognizing that most people are using multiple types of devices - desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone.
It's sort of like when they began to create a common office application interface with MS Office, and people said "but I like using Wordperfect and Lotus and don't need a common interface." Well their early efforts were not great, but eventually they did a pretty good job, and eventually they completely took over the office application business as a result.
I think the writer is wrong when he calls desktops "dinasaurs" (oh, and the same issues exist for laptops which are also keyboard-centric devices and certainly are not "dinasaurs"). It's not that no one is going to use a keyboard, it's that they are ALSO going to use touchscreen devices, and this is MS's first shot at trying to marry the two. I don't expect the first effort to be without flaws, but I also don't blast them for trying.
Oh, and I do agree that they see this "common interface" as their means of maintaining their dominant position.