Metro train wreck

The Latest Windows 8 Fiasco

OMG, this is getting more bizarre by the week. The latest is that Microsoft has run away from their new and cool name, Metro.

You gotta be kidding! Microsoft has spent so much time promoting the Metro name and establishing it as the new and cool tablet design. People like it!!! They don’t want to give it up! To walk away from it now is simply amazing.

The least of it is that it abandons a useful vocabulary that had been used to clarify a complex situation. Let’s go through these terms in slow motion.

Windows 8: The Schizophrenic OS from Microsoft

Windows 8 is external evidence of deep internal conflict within a company. One part of Microsoft wants to get into the tablet market in the worst way, but another part of the company needs to hold onto Windows. This conflict is played out in the design decisions in Windows 8. It is a tablet OS for those who do not want a post-PC device: It is for building a Windows PC in a tablet form factor. Who wants that?? Anybody???

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