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digitalfutur
Sees More Than Shown
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join:2000-07-15
BurlingtonON
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reply to Kramer

Re: Sacrificing functionality for simplicity

With icons the pictogram is the reference, not the color, especially if it's high contrast as it is in Windows 8. The look is consistent.

As for the Jekyll and Hyde interface, that is a necessary evil for now. Windows 8 is a transition release on the way to elimination of the desktop as it exists now. That can't be done cold turkey. Launching all apps from the modern UI is necessary for a single UI across all platforms, which is in turn necessary due to popularity of smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles; that last platform has effectively eliminated the desktop from the market.

Convergence and mobile/convertible are the future. There will still be a place for desktops, but that platform is no longer a growth market segment.
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kickass69

join:2002-06-03
Lake Hopatcong, NJ

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There's still plenty of people who prefer an actual desktop interface to do serious work in. Having tablets flip into a small screen with a dinky laptop like keyboard doesn't suffice for power users who still need real work done that touchscreens aren't and most likely will never suffice. Besides it's less ergonomic to use touch screen replace the mouse much less in the long run using a on screen keyboard vs a real one (not those that feel like you can break them in half). One would argue that PC gaming is and has gotten stronger in the past 5 years vs game consoles eliminating desktops as you suggest.

Having everything go to a baby like mobile os setup like Windows 8 is such a wide assumption that everything should be like that regardless of desktops/laptops. Besides not everyone wants to be connected all the time. I sure as heck don't want to be doing and called in work wise any time of the day because of this 'convergence' as you call it.

Mele20
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join:2001-06-05
Hilo, HI
kudos:6
reply to digitalfutur
I have zero interest in accessing the internet while I am shopping, at my bank, visiting a friend over lunch, etc. If others wish to be extremely rude and access internet in doctor's office's (when the signs clearly state no cell phone use), or when supposedly spending time with me, or in their car violating the law and causing accidents, ok....let them if they are so foolish as to insist a tiny cell phone screen, or a slow tablet, is a better experience than a powerful desktop.

Plus, why would I wish to BEG for serious physical injuries by having a touch screen desktop monitor?

I don't believe for one minute that the desktop is dead. That is absurd. You seem to be claiming that everyone will use Word, Photoshop, etc on a cell phone or a tablet.
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Kerodo

join:2004-05-08

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said by Mele20:

I don't believe for one minute that the desktop is dead. That is absurd. You seem to be claiming that everyone will use Word, Photoshop, etc on a cell phone or a tablet.

You are exactly right... the desktop, for serious work, is nowhere near dead, and never will be, no matter how much they try to imply or insist that it is or will be...

I'd love to see someone work all day with Photoshop or any other serious app on anything but a desktop.....


JohnInSJ
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join:2003-09-22
Aptos, CA
said by Kerodo:

I'd love to see someone work all day with Photoshop or any other serious app on anything but a desktop.....

I've used Gimp for 6 hours on a netbook. Yeah, it was a long flight.
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