Windows 'Blue' shows desktop's days are numbered

Microsoft's sticking to strategy, says analysts

By , Computerworld |  Windows

The discontent today over touch and Windows 8 -- users complaining of the new OS's unfriendly attitude toward keyboard-plus-mouse -- is just history on repeat.

But some experts were on the side of the Windows 8 resistance, including Michael Cherry of Directions on Microsoft.

"Everything I see about this [Blue build] will be nice to have," Cherry said. "The split screen giving equal amounts to multiple apps, for example. But what am I going to run in those windows? Windows 7 apps? No. The biggest problem with Windows 8 is that most of us are using it in Windows 7 mode. So long term, I don't care about Metro because the reality is that the first tile I hit is the Desktop tile."

Even so, Cherry seemed to accept, like the other analysts, that Modern or Metro was inevitable, and that the desktop as the world knows it, is doomed.

But he isn't going to like it. And neither, he said, would enterprises.

"Unless they figure out a way to run Windows 7 apps in a Metro container, or something like that, I will have to replace all of the apps that I now use," Cherry continued, talking not just about himself but also about all Windows users.

"Enterprises and organizations are right in the middle of Windows 7 deployment, so they're still looking for value in Windows 8," said Cherry. "Where does it increase productivity? They're still looking for those places where Windows 8 has value. This isn't Field of Dreams, where if you build it, they will come. There has to be a compelling reason [to adopt Windows 8]."

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

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