Re: Slow, carefully planned suicide?
"But it is still disturbing watching a once great company determined to turn themselves into a toxic brand. Why?"
I think the idea is to get out of the OS business and for MS to become strictly a cloud services company. I see Windows evolving into nothing more than a frontend for their cloud services, thin-client style, for the enterprise sector, with home users cut loose completely. This is the only thing that really makes sense in light of their unprecedented hostility toward their own home customers, not just in terms of the aggressive upgrade push, but also in terms of the forced upgrades that install themselves whenever they want, the spying that can't be turned completely off, the ads that can't be disabled, the automatic app downloads that can't be stopped, the group policies that no longer work, all that stuff. Enterprise customers have been immune to all of this; it's the home customers that get the worst of it.