Eric Knorr at Infoworld is leaving 22 years of Windows use behind to switch to a Mac. Why?
All it took was a long look at Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In hindsight, I suppose that Microsoft’s quest to combine a desktop and mobile OS into one was damn near impossible to begin with. But couldn’t the company do better than what landed with a thud on Feb. 29? I was shocked, not only at the clunkiness of Metro on the desktop, but also at the disappearance of the Start menu — a double-barreled fail.
After a flurry of positive reviews, the reality of what Microsoft is trying to shoehorn into the desktop is starting to sink in. I’m sure they were trying to go where they thought Apple was going with iOS: combining mobile and desktop into one monolithic platform. But Apple shows no sign of doing that, and for the right reasons- iOS on a mouse and keyboard centric device would be a disaster. The most iOS-y of the current feature set of OS X Lion–Launchpad–feels gimmicky and not entirely useful beyond showing off in presentations as eye candy. Microsoft was too afraid of cannibalizing its own sales by creating a mobile-only platform that would compete head on with the cash cow that is Windows.