Admittedly, I haven’t been following the news about Windows 8 all that closely — I care because the dominant computer OS is getting a major overhaul, but I doubt I’ll end up using it much — but reading pieces like this one, my instinct is that Microsoft is in for a very rude awakening.
By most accounts I’ve read, the Metro elements of Windows 8 are good, but they clash badly with the legacy elements of the OS. Why is Microsoft insisting on both living side-by-side? “No compromises”, or something.
Then when you consider that there’s a special version of the OS — with special rules — for ARM chips, things start to sound really complicated. It’s starting to sound like consumer poison, to be honest.
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is apparently pulling out all stops in an attempt to get developers writing new Windows 8 apps. But most of the big players are’t biting.
One bullish player was highlighed by Bloomberg for their story today:
Mobile games maker Digital Chocolate Inc. also plans to have games available for Windows 8 at launch, said Chief Executive Officer Trip Hawkins, while declining to specify further.
In a bit of unfortunately timing for Bloomberg’s story, — and really for Microsoft — Hawkins resigned from Digital Chocolate three days ago as major layoffs loom.