Love how nobody ever mentions that Newell has an axe to grind
<<Newell, speaking in Seattle, Washington, reportedly called Windows 8 "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space”.>>
Newell also said Windows 8 will "Kill gaming on the PC" what he meant of course was, it will kill Valve on the PC. Micro$oft is starting its own "instant-WinRT-monopoly" app store, undoubtedly also selling games through it... this will affect Steam negatively... If you ask me, he should sell his company to some Schmuck with deep pockets now, before he goes the way of RIM.
Its a shame Crapple didn't patent their all-locked-down business model. Now they can't sue Micro$huft for trying to do the same.
As for games, Windows 8 introduces a Stereoscopic 3D API, which will help games on the PC greatly. No more Nvidia stranglehold, with purposely crippled 3DS output modes over HDMI and such.
My hope is, that people will be too smart to buy Windows RT devices until Micro$oft is forced to add full Windows compatibility and give up on the single source app store. We don't need another anti-competitive stranglehold that serves nothing besides false security claims and getting Micro$oft 30% of everything sold.
So, its a mixed bag. Like the article said :)
Recommendations to consumers?
- Don't buy machines limited to Windows RT.
- Do buy regular Windows 8 machines and simply read the tutorial on how to get the desktop back, if you hate Metro.
- There's also a way to have both the desktop AND Metro in one, simply by installing Rainmeter with the Omnimo skin, both of which are useful and free.
And for Intel's sake, buy some Ultrabooks, jeez, how hard can it be? Eat Ramen for a month...