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Review of My Predictions for 2011

Last year I decided that, as many others do, I would make a list of predictions for the year. My predictions included such products as Windows 8, Windows Phone 7, and even Chrome OS. So why don’t we take a look at how I did.

Windows 8

I said that we wouldn’t know much about Windows 8 until the summer time of last year, but I was wrong on that count. It wasn’t until BUILD in September that Sinofsky got on stage and gave a very detailed presentation of Windows 8. Even now, there are a lot of questions to be answered about Windows 8 — such as its launch date, or even a time frame for the launch.

I also said that there would be a beta release, that would only be available for desktops. Microsoft released a Developer Preview, with the Windows 8 Beta release coming sometime early this year — so I was wrong there. I guess I was somewhat right, as the ARM version of Windows 8 was not available and that version is primarily targeted at tablets, but then again the x86/x64 version is just as capable of running on tablets as well (so long as Intel gets their act together).

No surprise: Windows 8 did not RTM this year, as some predicted.

My final prediction was the further compartmentalization of the Windows operating system, and that the tablet version would remove the GUI and legacy support. This is indeed the case for the ARM version (it is still unclear as to whether the desktop would be disabled on x86/x64 versions if they were put on tablets), but that’s because the applications would have to be modified in order to run on the ARM architecture. Microsoft has said they have absolutely no plans to allow older applications to run on ARM, so in a way, they are removing legacy support.

 Windows Phone 7

“Microsoft will continue to not get it,” that’s what I said last year in regards to Windows Phone 7. By that I meant Microsoft would not update the phone as quickly as they should in order to catch up with the competition.

In a way, they certainly didn’t get it… It wasn’t until late September that Windows Phone “Mango” was finally released, which was an entire year after the original product launch. Also, it took a couple of months before any phones designed for “Mango” came out, which is awfully slow — but some did appear to be Windows Phone-specific phones, not Android phones running Windows Phone 7.

Sales also remained dismal, and they will until Microsoft gets their act together (and rumors about Microsoft and Nokia’s plans seem to address the current sales issues), so I was definitely right that “Microsoft will continue to not get it.” But that’s not surprising, as it takes Microsoft awhile to get it.

Bing

Bing did pretty well this year (not financially), growing from 11.8% market share to 15%, and with Yahoo! included the duo went from 28.2% market share up to 30.1%. The growth of the two doesn’t seem so great, which is due to Yahoo losing a couple percentage points in their market share. I predicted that by now Bing alone would be at an 18% market share, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

I also said that HTML5 Bing would have been out 6 months ago, with that cool video background and instant search along with other updates. That never happened (the video background has happened, though), but a few people (including me) did start to see the new Bing, which then disappeared not long after.

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer remained at Microsoft, also not a surprise. A few months ago approval ratings of Microsoft executives were taken, and Steve Ballmer received a 92% approval rating. That doesn’t seem too bad, except for the fact that the previous year that number was at 95% (Bill Gates has a 99.1% approval rating).

PC Sales

We kept hearing news article after news article last year of the forecast of PC sales being “slashed,” it was the hot topic of the year, after all. But in reality, PC sales did not stop, and they did not stagnate — as some seemed to think was happening or was going to happen. Sure, the growth was only around 3% year-over-year, but when you sell some 350 million+ computers every single year, 3% of that number is 10.5 million.

iPhone

I was completely wrong in every regard here. The iPhone 5 didn’t come out, it was the iPhone 4S (but it didn’t have LTE, as I predicted), and it came out on multiple carriers in the U.S. as well.

Chromebooks

Google hasn’t given any details on Chromebook sales, but according to ZDNet they sold horribly (in the range of only tens of thousands, if that). But who would want to buy a $500 machine that can only surf the web and be valuable if connected to the Internet? Apparently very few.

So there you have it, a review of my predictions from last year. I didn’t miss all my predictions, but then again none of them were very extreme… Maybe I will make some more extreme predictions next time ;-) .

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Microsoft Introduces Firefox with Bing — Tech Community Ignorance Runs Rampant

Late last year Microsoft announced that Bing would be included as a search engine option in Firefox, allowing Firefox users to easily choose Bing as their default search engine. This also meant that Mozilla received money for each search a user made using Bing, just as they do with Google and other search engines.

Currently Mozilla receives most of their funding from their Google partnership, but that deal is set to expire at the end of this year. That deal started in 2008, and since then Google has entered the browser market themselves with Google Chrome.

It is now up in the air as to whether Google will renew their search deal with Mozilla, which could prove disastrous for Mozilla.

Introducing Firefox with Bing

Then comes the latest announcement made earlier this week, which introduced Firefox with Bing.

What’s so special about this version of Firefox? Not much, other than Bing being the default search engine right out of the box instead of the current Google.

There has been no word as to whether Microsoft is paying more money to Mozilla for this special version of Firefox or not, and it is unlikely we will ever know for sure. But I would think it is safe to assume that some sort of exchange occurred.

It now appears that Microsoft and Mozilla are becoming closer partners, especially as the expiration of their Google search deal nears.

Mozilla has always been an open-source foundation, and many view Google as open-source friendly, so the Mozilla and Google deal seemed like a match made in heaven. But then comes Microsoft, a company which makes billions from proprietary software, who seems to be getting rather close to this open-source foundation.

This has, unsurprisingly, caused upset to some people. After all, Mozilla’s goal is to bring openness and standards to the web, something that Microsoft destroyed with Internet Explorer, namely Internet Explorer 6. While Internet Explorer 6 was actually a decent browser when it came out — which may be surprising to some — it didn’t continue innovating. Rather Microsoft had declared they won the war of the browsers, running Netscape into the ground. Microsoft disbanded the Internet Explorer team, and that was that. It wasn’t until 5 years later that Microsoft would release Internet Explorer 7 in October 2006, but I digress.

But what is the problem if Microsoft sends Mozilla a bit of cash their way? So long as Microsoft does not interfere with the development of the browser, what is there to be upset about? Microsoft has their own browser to worry about anyways.

But this just goes to show that people who take issue with Microsoft partnering with Mozilla are living in the past. Yes, there is no doubt that Microsoft abused their dominance in the browser market and even the desktop market, but that is all in the past. Since then Microsoft has dealt with by the U.S. government and was watched very closely. In fact, it wasn’t until very recently that the U.S. government stopped watching Microsoft.

On top of that Microsoft has been very aggressive at progressing their browser, Internet Explorer 9 showing that. Internet Explorer may still have a little ways to go standards wise, they showed no sign of stopping. Not long after Internet Explorer RTW’d (released-to-web), there was already an Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview ready to go.

Let’s also not forget that Microsoft is a pretty big contributor to the Linux 3.0 kernel, submitting more than 361 changes. That’s quite a bit when you look at the fact that independent developers submitted 1,085 changes, Red Hat 1,000 and Intel 839 changes.

Ignorance Is Bliss — So They Say

So let’s get to what I originally wrote this article for: to show the ignorance surrounding this simple announcement.

Just take a look at some of the comments in this CNET article: Firefox and Bing–together at last?

Time to move to Chrome, just to pass the message. Today it’s just a tick to change default search engine, tomorrow you’ll need to be a rocket scientist to change it just like with IE.

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This comment doesn’t need much of a rebuttal, but why not?

Let’s take a look at how hard it is to change the default search engine in Internet Explorer 9, shall we?

Pretty simple, and I am no rocket scientist. All you do is select the search engine as you type, there is even a link to click to find and add other search providers as well.

How about Google Chrome? Oh, that’s right: in order to change your default search engine you must go into Wrench > Options > Default search engine.

While this also isn’t complicated, it isn’t presented as upfront as Internet Explorer does it, so to say you need a “rocket scientist” to change the default search provider in Internet Explorer is beyond exaggeration.

For Mozilla to go the Bing direction, there’s something else going on behind the scene.

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Pretty closed-minded, don’t you think? What do you think had to happen for Mozilla to choose Google as the default search engine for Firefox? Money.

The same thing happened here, Microsoft (we assume) gave Mozilla money to make this special edition of Firefox. Not only that, but the main version of Firefox still uses Google as the default search engine, it requires the user know about and navigate to this special website to download Firefox with Bing.

So there was just as much “something else going on behind the scene” to get Mozilla to have gone in Google’s direction.

I [am] sick of having Bing shoved down my throat.

It just plain sucks and even my Blackberry makes next to impossible to use Google with it being a pain in the butt.

Bing my butt–it should be called Thud!

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So apparently no one can be sick of having Google shoved down their throat? Google has been the de facto of search engines for so long that “Googling” has become a verb. In reality Google is “shoved” down our throats on a daily basis, but how many people do you hear saying, “Bing it”?

That’s what I thought.

There was a comment that now appears to have been deleted from CNET, which claimed Bing simply copies Google, even going as so far as to claim Bing copied the Google Image search result layout. Funny, since Bing looked like that since it launched when Google Images had a simple table layout for such results.

Then there is one other nice comment I found on InfoWorld I thought I would add:

There goes my last contribution to the Mozilla foundation.  Who ever decided to take MSFT’s Bing bling was and apparently still is unaware of how deeply the Open Source community distrusts MSFT.

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It is quite clear that this person, as I previously mentioned, is living in the past and completely ignoring the contributions Microsoft has made to open source projects and how Microsoft has gotten much better about being open as a whole than it was in the past.

I hope this little article has shown how ignorant some people still are against just about anything involving Microsoft, even if it isn’t a big deal. You can download this special edition of Firefox and change the default search engine back to Google if you wanted to, its not as if it is hard-coded into the software — its simply a default.

Oh, and let’s not ignore that there are about 20 other customized versions of Firefox available, according to Mozilla, including Twitter, Yahoo! and Yandex.

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My Predictions for the Windows BUILD Conference

BUILD logoYup, can you believe it? Tomorrow is the big day! Microsoft will finally (or hopefully) go in depth about their next operating system: “Windows 8.” I figured since pretty much everyone else is making predictions as to what to expect, I thought I should too.

I will not only be listing what I think will be divulged tomorrow, but also what we sadly won’t be hearing about either.

What We Know

Windows 8 tilesThe only thing we really know of about Windows 8 includes such things as what the new interface will look like (Windows Phone-esque), along with applications being written HTML5 and JavaScript, with API’s Microsoft has yet to discuss.

Not long ago Steven Sinofsky discussed how the team worked on making Windows boot faster – much faster. Windows 8 will now boot in a hybrid mode, where data loaded by the kernel is cached and then reloaded each time the computer is turned on. This is much like the current hibernation behavior of Windows 7, only Windows 7 also caches the entire users session as well which means the computer doesn’t feel “fresh” – as some describe – like an actual reboot. But this new startup type allows Windows to start quickly but still feel as though the computer was just restarted.

Previously Sinofsky also discussed some changes to the “classic” Windows desktop environment, such as copying files and the addition of ribbon to Windows Explorer.

My Predictions

Alright, let’s get started, here are my predictions for what we will, and will not, be seeing at the Windows BUILD conference.

  • Windows Live ID – The whole idea of a Windows Live ID once seemed to be Microsoft’s dream to allow access to all their products with a single account – which is pretty much true today. You can log on to Xbox LIVE, the Zune Marketplace, Hotmail, Messenger, and so on and so forth with the same account so long as it is a Windows Live ID, but there is one thing you can’t log on to with a Windows Live ID: Windows. There have been previous rumors that there would be such a feature in Windows 8 that would allow you to log on with an “Online ID” that would sync your settings and presumably other data, such as documents. BUILD be the place Microsoft would reveal this feature…
  • The Cloud – No surprises here, in fact, I think we would be surprised if we didn’t here anything about the cloud at the conference. Currently Microsoft offers Windows Live Mesh which allows users to sync folders of their choice, both to SkyDrive as well as to other computers – but I believe Microsoft will incorporate this into the operating system and the user would do very little to set it up, beyond logging in or associating their Windows account with a specific Windows Live ID.
  • .NET is alive! – Many have worried that due to Microsoft’s avoidance of saying Silverlight and .NET in regards to Windows 8 means that they will only allow the new applications in the new interface to be created using HTML5 and JavaScript. Personally, I think this is just a bunch of bologna… While I do believe Microsoft will focus more on HTML5 and JavaScript with the new “platform,” .NET will still be around – reason being that HTML and JavaScript are much easier to understand, but whether that means there will be a bunch of junk apps because of it remains to (of course) be seen.
  • Legacy No More, Sort of – As we now know, Windows 8 will boot very quickly, with the demo booting into the new interface in mere seconds. We also know that the traditional desktop in Windows 8 is more of an application and is only loaded on demand – in other words, the desktop isn’t held in memory until the user specifically requests to go into the traditional desktop environment. This will certainly help with the snappiness of the system, along with battery life, but this must also mean to some extent that legacy is gone… At least in the newer interface. After all, these new applications require the usage of a new interface paradigm, so there is no legacy to support.
  • A Tablet or Two – This also isn’t a very big or out-of-the-way prediction, but Microsoft must be dying to show off tablets running Windows 8. Microsoft has shown many tablets at conferences like CES, but they were all running Windows 7, and let’s face it, who cares?

Now here are a few things I don’t think Microsoft will discuss at all during the conference:

  • SKU’s – I think everybody wants there to be only one (or two) versions of Windows, kind of like in the good ol’ XP days, but since this is a developer conference it is unlikely Microsoft will discuss the editions of Windows 8 that will hit the stores – especially since it hasn’t RTM’d. Likewise, prices won’t be discussed either, seeing as that would be kind of hard to detail if there were no SKU’s.
  • Release Date – Microsoft is much tighter lipped nowadays (Sinofsky, that is) when it comes to release dates, and while most seem eager to get their hands on Windows 8, there still won’t be a more specific timeline for when Windows 8 will RTM (besides just “sometime next year”).
  • Public Beta – I myself would love to try out Windows 8, and those who will be at the BUILD conference are some lucky ducks, but I don’t think there will be any announcement of a public beta. A private beta? I could see that.
  • The Name – Sinofsky has stressed many times that Windows 8 is a codename, not a definitive name of the product. If I remember correctly, Windows 7 was Windows 7′s codename, but they decided to stick with it. I believe Microsoft will give Windows 8 an actual name, beyond just “Windows 8,” but we won’t hear it tomorrow – unless there are some loose lipped marketing employees there tomorrow.

Yeah, I know. Nothing amazing, but hey, I am still new at this prediction thing! I will be sure to go over these once the conference is over later this week.

Be sure to check back here as I will do my best to cover the BUILD action, but I also recommend checking out sites such as Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows, WinRumors, All About Microsoft by Mary-Jo Foley, and Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report.

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A Look Into Windows 7′s Sales

Every time Microsoft announces how many Windows 7 licenses they have sold, they tend to mention “7 copies per second.” I have began to look into this claim (I know, I know – just now, almost two years later) and I have found quite a few interesting things.

First off, I want to make something very clear about the numbers I came up with, at least for the very first report – it may be a bit off. Keep in mind that before Windows 7 launched on October 22, 2009, Microsoft offered up pre-order options for Windows 7. This means that for the first report it also includes all pre-order sales as well, which can (and as you will see) certainly screw up the data.

I did try to find the pre-order dates, but the problem was they were all over the place. Microsoft did not offer pre-orders to the entire world at once, and there was only a limited supply, and I couldn’t find out information about when their supplies “dried up.”
Just thought I would let you know, and so – hopefully – no one will point this out as a “gotcha!”

Let’s start off by taking a look at the graph of the number of Windows 7 licenses sold over time, starting from December 31, 2009 (the first report I found of license numbers) and ending on July 11, 2011.

Windows 7 License Sales

As you can see Windows 7 sales actually started out pretty slow, but things did pick up after they reported 100 million licenses on April 23, 2010.

Now let’s take a look at the number of licenses sold per second. The next graph will show the number of licenses sold per second overall (LSSL – Licenses per Second Since Launch) and then the number of licenses sold per second for the time period between reports (LSOP – Licenses per Second Over Period).

Windows 7 Licenses per Second

Yeah, do you see what I see? I have no idea what happened between March 4, 2010 and April 23, 2010, but the demand for Windows 7 certainly plummeted. But as I mentioned before, the first report of Windows 7 sales were propped up by pre-order sales.

But anyways, as you can see there are a few times during which Windows 7 was not actually selling at or over 7 copies a second. These would be: April 23, 2010 (6.29 LSSL and 2.23 LSOP), March 4, 2010 (5.6 LSOP), and April 22, 2011 (6.65 LSOP).

I also generated a graph showing Windows 7 licenses per day, but of course it looks almost identical to the per second graph, only with different labels. But hey, here you go:

Windows 7 Licenses per Day

So there you have it… Some graphs about Windows 7 license sales, fun right?

If you want to see the data for yourself, and who knows, maybe point out some errors in my calculations (because the 2.23 copies per second seems very low, but I did it multiple times and checked the data and it seemed fine), you can check out the following spreadsheet on Office Web Apps:

Conclusion

Oh, you wanted some sort of conclusion? There isn’t much I can say that isn’t apparent in the graphs I created. They show that, for the most part, Windows 7 licenses were being purchased at or above 7 copies every second overall, except for one time (April 23, 2010).

However, if you break down the number of copies sold per second over each individual reporting period there are a few times during which Windows 7 did not sell at or above 7 copies a second – one of which was as low as 2.23 copies a second.

As usual, just found this interesting ;-) .

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5 Things Microsoft Could do to Make Windows 8 a Smashing Success

Microsoft is still being rather shady when it comes to their plans for Windows 8, but we do know that Windows 8 will feature a new Start screen that is Metro-inspired, which will have a new programming paradigm. It is still unknown as to whether or not these new types of applications can still be created with Silverlight/.NET (though there is no reason to believe otherwise), which has left many .NET developers furious due to the lack of communication. I have compiled a list of a few things Microsoft could do to make Windows 8, codename Windows 8 — excuse me, not just relating to the developer side, but also the consumer side.

1. Less Editions of Windows

I have said this multiple times, and I know I am not the only one who have brought this issue up before — and I won’t be the last.

Microsoft, quit with the seemingly endless versions of Windows… It is confusing, and drives people away!

There are way too many versions of Windows out there, which include: Starter, Basic, Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise. That’s crazy! This drives people insane, and people don’t know which version to get, so they then have to go ask someone what the difference is between each version, by the time they do find someone who can tell the difference, they undoubtedly just give up. While Microsoft only sells Premium, Professional, and Ultimate to consumers, 3 choices is 2 too many!

If someone wants to “buy” Windows, they should be able to walk into the store and not be faced with a decision. The world of software is moving towards simplification, not complication, and adding choices does anything but simplify their choice of operating system.

I will point out something someone probably will: most people don’t explicitly buy Windows, they just buy a computer with it already installed. To which, I completely agree, but there is another issue at hand with having so many versions of Windows, and that is the Microsoft making different editions of Windows with features every user should have.

An example of this is BitLocker, which was introduced in Windows Vista. In order to get drive encryption, you had to get Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, which cost $100 more. Sadly, this is still the case. In other words, if you want your laptop to be safe from hackers when stolen, you are out-of-luck unless you forked over the cash for Windows Vista/7 Ultimate Edition.

Why is this a problem, you ask? Windows 8 will be the first version of Windows which will actually work with tablet hardware, and manufacturers will be doing this en masse, these tablets will be ultra-mobile, but still contain important personal information. Without BitLocker, this data could be taken from the hard drive very easily, unless you spring for the more expensive version of Windows.

To summarize my point, why should I have to pay extra for features such as drive encryption? It should be a de facto standard, along with the other minor little features Microsoft likes to hold over consumers heads to get them to spring for a more expensive version of Windows. Not only that, but there is a single version of Windows Phone 7 which is targeted at all consumers, and soon will also feature enterprise features — it would be insane for Microsoft to have multiple versions of a mobile operating system, so why is it any different with Windows for the desktop?

(I will add this exception, however: I understand that Windows is running on over 1.2 billion computers worldwide, and businesses have different needs than home users… So at the very most, Microsoft should only have two versions of Windows: Home and Professional. This professional version should not be sold in stores, however, if regular consumers would like to purchase it, they should still be able to do so online. After all, if the user knows they want to buy Professional, they know the differences, though most will not.)


2. Don’t be so Expensive

This issue may not even exist if Microsoft only had two versions of Windows, but this would still work with or without my first “idea” being used.

Let’s cut to the chase: Windows is too expensive. It’s insane, really: $199.99 for a full install, $119.99 for an upgrade. No one runs out to spend $120 on an operating system upgrade, and the pricing competition is becoming fierce: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will only cost $29.99 for the upgrade (while people will argue that OS X 10.7 is practically equivalent to a Windows service pack, we all know the consumers won’t see it that way). People will see this as an advantage over Windows, and may consider getting a Mac because they know they will be able to get the “latest and greatest” version of Mac OS X on the cheap, compared to Windows which costs four times as much.

While Microsoft does not disclose the profit margins on their Windows operating system, it was revealed well over 8 years ago that the margins were as high as 85% — so let’s just assume they are still about the same, seeing as the price of Windows has stayed the same, if not gone up.

I did a little bit of math (see here for the logic behind the math) and found that if Microsoft lowered the price of Windows by 25% they would need to sell 141% more copies of Windows than they already do — which is as always, easier said than done. But it may not be that hard, as the full price for Windows would only cost $149.99, and an upgrade would be $89.99. The upgrade price may still be $60 more than the upgrade for Mac OS X, but all Microsoft would need to do is point out that it’s not just a minor incremental upgrade, but that it includes a lot of features that are worth it — unlike some competitor.

If an upgrade to Windows each time around only cost around $89.99, wouldn’t you spring for it? There is a lot of research with pricing and consumers, and it is shown that more people will buy a product at $99.99 rather than $100, because it — well, there isn’t a solid reason why, people just think it is cheaper, we as a people are just weird.

Besides, Microsoft could simply test this theory of “lower prices = bigger sales” with the launch of Windows 8. Simply lower the price of the next version of Windows by 25%, and if consumers don’t respond within 3-6 months, put the prices back up. No one would notice or think that the price jump would be strange or out of the ordinary, as it would just look like a launch sale.

3. Give Developers a Tablet

Microsoft is known for wooing developers, why not go the extra mile and give developers a Windows 8 tablet to make sure they have applications ready at launch. If I recall correctly, Windows Phone 7 launched with over 1,000 apps already in the Marketplace, and in a way, Windows 8 is a new platform with the new tile interface. To launch such a promising platform with very few applications will be devastating.

Yes, I know Microsoft already gives developers devices, such as what they did — and do — with Windows Phone 7, but they really only do that with major developers. What about smaller developers? These big development firms didn’t just magically appear out of nowhere, and by showing much smaller developers (or even a single developer) that you care enough to notice that they could make applications for the new platform, you will be roping in new potential developers by the masses. With this new HTML5/JavaScript programming paradigm, creating applications will be much easier for any developer to understand to make awesome experiences, simply have these small developers show some promising application for the new platform, and give them a tablet for free if it looks good.

So play to your strengths Microsoft, and reach out, to every developer imaginable, show them that you care — a little bit can go a long, long way.

4. Make Your Own Tablet, Microsoft

There have recently been rumors of Microsoft preparing their very own Microsoft-branded device, some have said that doing such would be a stab in the back to OEM’s, whom Microsoft is nothing without.

I completely disagree, and Microsoft really needs to make their own tablet running Windows 8. Take a look at what Google did with Android, their model is almost the same as Microsoft’s model with Windows: we make the operating system, you do the rest. Google’s approach differs slightly, as Google made their very own device, the Nexus. This phone was a vanilla Android device, without all the crapware manufacturers slap on it, nor any interface modifications — it was just Android. While Google has now outsourced their “vanilla” devices to other manufacturers, such as Samsung, it is still just good ol’ Android. Last I checked, their are still hundreds of devices running Android from many different manufacturers, and the rate at which they are being made isn’t slowing down.

Microsoft needs to do the same, and create a base device that all other manufacturers should look to. Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet would be running Windows 8, without all the extra crap installed on top that no one wants. If a developer — or consumer — wishes to get a Windows 8 tablet and nothing more, they can turn to Microsoft for their device. There is no reason why this would be a “stab in the back” to the OEM’s, as it didn’t do anything to Android’s growth, that’s for sure.

Plus, we all know how great Microsoft’s hardware is. Take the Zune HD, for instance, while it is no smashing success, it a fantastic and well-engineered device that many people love (such as myself). There is no reason why Microsoft’s tablet wouldn’t be the same — though probably a bit more successful.

5. What Happened to “Windows 7 Was My Idea”?

Remember that advertising campaign for Windows 7 when it came out? It was “normal” people who claimed that they asked Microsoft to “make my PC simpler” or something along those lines, and then Microsoft “did it,” therefore, Windows 7 was their idea. What happened to that?

While this is still a little earlier to tell whether or not Microsoft is listening to us “normal folk,” they certainly aren’t listening to developers — in fact, they are ignoring them. There has been a large uprising in the .NET community after Steven Sinofsky took the stage at D9 and revealed that the new interface in Windows 8 will allow applications to be created using HTML5 and JavaScript which will operate within Internet Explorer 10. However, Sinofsky was not very clear as to whether or not applications could be created using traditional methods, i.e. Silverlight/.NET Framework. Sinofsky did say that there is still a place for Silverlight, many have taken his comments to mean that new applications can only be created using this new programming paradigm.

This is no surprise that many have made this assumption, as Microsoft has been locking discussion threads on MSDN, and refusing to comment any further. I contacted Microsoft’s press agency for a comment on these assumptions, which I sent on Monday, and I have yet to receive any sort of response, period. I have not even received a response saying that they will get back to me when they have more information but I have also not received the usual “Microsoft has no comment” type of response — that’s not worrisome at all.

So how can anyone claim Windows 8 was my idea if Microsoft is sticking their fingers in their ears and saying “Lalala! I’m not listening! You’re not here! Lalala!”