In other Microsoft news, the company is rumored to be working on its next generation operating system. Codenamed Windows Blue, it will be a low cost upgrade for existing Windows users that will be based on a subscription service for updates.
Definitely seems like a losing idea to me, but no one cares what I think since people like me make up some tiny percent of the population or so.
Oddly enough, with the Windows Blue update Microsoft will stop accepting new Windows Store applications built to run on Windows 8. The Windows Store will continue to allow existing Windows 8 applications, but will require developers to rewrite their applications using the new SDK in order to get them on the Store for users running Windows Blue subscription service.
This is why I avoid .net development like the plague. I love c#, but Microsoft changes things around too often. The same thing happened with my XNA windows 7 apps. It's terrible.
Now, to the question at hand, If I HAD to use Windows, I wouldn't mind the OSX model where you pay for new upgrades to the OS that include new features while security updates are free. I would never pay a monthly subscription price, however.
I never thought it before, but this really could be the end of Windows for me. OK, that's what I said last time in the era of Vista, but at least I have plans in case it will be true (I wouldn't have taught myself Linux game programming in 2008 if it weren't for Vista).
I'm hoping Microsoft does another jk jk lol and releases the analog to what Windows 8 should have been as Windows 9 and I can fall in love all over again like it was with 7. I seriously doubt it, though, Microsoft seems hell-bent on killing their tried-and-true desktop "workin' person's" windows model.
Well computers are becoming insanely popular. Like the rate is to a point where even I can notice it, which is pretty weird if you ask me. And as more and more machines are being created for kids, teens, and people wanting to unwind from work, they don't want a machine, they want a toy. An entertainment system. And that's pretty much where the direction is going. Simplifying the UI and now simplifying the payment method to that similar of TV. Computers are the TV of the next generation. Heck, who has a TV that doesn't have a computer? A DVR/DVD player/game system is practically a computer. It's all expanding into that direction.
I for one would like to wait and see what Microsoft does. Who knows? Perhaps they'll create something really good.
What I would really like to see, although unlikely, is for Linux-based OSes to become the new "workin' persons'" (as WolfCoder put it) computers. Becoming simple enough so that the learning curve doesn't require headaches and pain, but advanced enough so that it becomes almost something of a necessity in the working world.