lunes, julio 30, 2012

Otro enfoque crítico sobre Windows 8

A las diversas razones que exponen distintos analistas acerca de los problemas críticos que podría experimentar Windows 8, Tim Worstall agrega otro: Windows Metro exige que los viejos usuarios de Windows deban aprender una nueva manera de relacionarse con su sistema operativo. Si se debe aprender algo nuevo, pudiera ser que se optara por algo con un costo menor o directamente gratuito:
Yes, it looks like a good enough tablet operating system. And it’s also quite fine as a desktop operating system. But there’s a problem with the way in which every user now has to learn to use the operating system all over again. And what should worry Redmond a great deal more than some journo like me remarking upon this is the way that at least one fund manager has sold his stock in the company as a result of his confusion over their plans.
(...) The essential point is that at the heart of the Microsoft value equation is their near lock on desktop operating systems.
Even if we all stopped writing new code for Windows (as, to some extent is true, we have done, much writing is now being done in Python and so on which is not platform or OS specific) right now then there are vast numbers of legacy systems out there that will continue to require Windows licenses for decades to come.

But Windows 8 asks everyone to relearn how they interact with a computer. Yes, there’s still that legacy systems tailwind helping the company. But if everyone now has to learn a new OS then why would everyone learn the new Windows? The very change they’re bringing in means that people will be open to changing to a non-Windows platform.
I could argue this from an entirely personal perspective. Sure, I use a computer as the essential tool for making my daily bread and butter. I use Windows simply because that’s what every cheap computer on the market comes pre-loaded with. Plus I’ve near 20 years experience of using one form of Windows or another (no, really, I had Windows 1.0 at one point). But I don’t actually use “Windows” if you see what I mean. I use something that opens a word processor, I use something that will allow a browser to run. And that really is about it. I’m sure my experience of computing is similar to the vast majority of people out there too. We’re no more interested in which OS we use than which spark plugs are in our car’s engine. As long as it works then we’re happy.
Which is the danger of presenting us with an entirely new way (the Metro interface which pretty much insists that you access as if you’re on a tablet) of interacting with the computer. If we’ve got to learn all this new stuff well, why not go off and use some other OS that doesn’t force us to do so? Or one that we don’t have to pay for?
It’s entirely possible even that Metro, the tablet interface, really is a better and more intuitive method of interfacing with a computer. But who cares? Maybe changing where the pedals on a car are is a really good idea too. But can you imagine trying to bring in such a change while still keeping your market share?

 Windows 8 consiste en una paradoja: En su mercado consolidado, el escritorio, Windows 8 no solo no agregará más nada sustancial (Win32), sino que lo considerará "legacy", con todo lo que ello implica. Y sus novedades, su nueva visión (WinRT), las pondrá en un mercado, el móvil, en el que  tiene un peso prácticamente nulo, y donde debe hacerse un lugar entre dos grandes competidores. Una apuesta al filo de la navaja.

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