Re: Is the Register sponsored by Apple/Google these days?
So speaking the truth is a "pro Apple" bias these days? WinRT is an app wasteland, even less than WinPhone, the reviews of Windows 8 have had such colorful titles like "Windows Frankenstein" and "Win 8..yes its THAT bad" and you are surprised when The Reg joins in on the mockery?
I have NEVER owned an Apple device, not even an iPod, I only use Gmail for a spamdump, and I sell and service Windows devices exclusively...and Win 8 is full of fail, its a fail cake with a feces icing! MSFT tried to keep the OSes apart like Apple with iOS and OSX...only to find they couldn't give away WinPhone 7, so they are now forcing WinPhone onto the desktop to try to "get people used to it" in the hopes they'll buy WinPhones and WinTabs because X86 has slowed to a crawl sales wise because the chips have been crazily overpowered for years.
I've had a Win 8 system set up in the shop for people to try since Feb, its a pretty typical NON TOUCH system as that is what 95%+ of X86 units are, know what the reaction is? "This is stupid" "Who thought this was a good idea?" "I can''t find anything!" "How do I close?" "Can I make it act like Windows XP?" and my favorite, from a little old lady.."Why would I want my computer to be a cellphone?"
So its NOT about "resting on it laurels" its about MSFT IGNORING the customers, the grunts that sell their product, and everyone else in Ballmer's never ending quest to be an ersatz Apple. Well we already have an Apple, we don't need an ersatz and certainly not for the same price as an iPad. I've advised my customers to avoid Win 8 unless they are getting a tablet, because that is the ONLY place where it is better than Win 7, everywhere else its a bad Apple knockoff and if they keep the MSRP of their WinRT units I'll advise them to buy iPads, at least they have a good resale value.