Patron Diego Acuna is invested in what Microsoft is doing, and whether the company is learning from its mistakes. You can become a Patron, as well, and receive a priority in getting your questions answered! What do you think of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 as well as the new start menu and support for modern UI apps running in the desktop coming in future update? Is Microsoft learning from its mistakes from Windows 8.0? The company is not learning; it’s accommodating. Only time will tell if it’s “learning” from its mistakes. I think there’s a new Microsoft on the horizon, and that has me somewhat excited for what the future holds for consumers. Windows 9 (or whatever Microsoft is gonna call it) will be telling, I feel. Will the company have done more than simply minimize the impact of a bifurcated UX? Nobody knows, but it’s quite possible that Microsoft has finally woken up to something I said a long time ago: we’re living in a world now where Microsoft needs us more than we need it.
Diego Acuna had a great question earlier: What do you think of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1, as well as the new Start menu and support for modern UI apps running in the desktop coming in the future update? Is Microsoft learning from its Windows 8.0 mistakes? I think it’s been a series of overdue changes that should’ve been instituted up front, yes. However, the changes only speak to my original criticisms of the Windows 8 in general; Microsoft did its best to blend two user experiences into one product, and that’s proven to be a catastrophic mistake (as I did predict). I didn’t want to be right about it, either, but I was, and no amount of “but it’s better now” is going to address the core problem. So, yes… Windows 8.1 update 1 is better than the shipping version of Windows 8, but the changes Microsoft instituted to drive home a better experience haven’t necessarily “fixed” the underlying user experience issues inherent in the system. For “Windows 9″ to work well, it has to decide what it wants to be: an OS for a traditional mouse/keyboard/latpop/desktop computing experience, or an OS for a primarily touch-driven environment. […]
Interesting question from Emmanuel Acosta: If you had the chance to work for Microsoft, Google and android, name 2 things you would change and why? This question definitely gives the community something to think about and discuss! For me, I’d double down on SaaS if I was at Microsoft, and I’d also expand creator monetization on social if I were at Google. What would YOU do?
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