I’m actually concerned about this, but then again we have games in the
Apple Store that would not fit this black look of the future of Win8 and
Apple is about as closed and overbearing as you can safely get without
shooting yourself in the foot..
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Yes, but Microsoft isn’t Apple. This is just another shot in the foot
for Microsoft, whereas, Apple was able to pull it off. We can’t have two
Apples. That’s not going to happen. The only thing that will happen is
Microsoft will lose market share to Linux and other more open systems.
Add this to the Windows UI and you’ve got major problems for Microsoft
in the near future. Balmer is a one man demolition army.
The standard desktop will still have all the bells and whistles you
expect. Metro is just Microsoft’s way of controlling the mobile market
like Apple. As someone in the comments pointed out, there’s two types of
developers. The rich and famous, and then everybody else. I’ve seen it
happen on Windows Phone 7 and I’m fully expecting it to happen with
Windows 8 Metro. A company like Bethesda only has to make a single phone
call and MS would send support staff right to their door, free of charge
with complementary advertising space in the win app store. The only
reason Bethesda wouldn’t take up this offer is because they would have
to downgrade Skyrim to run on Metro level hardware.
As far as mobile devices go, IMO MS does a good job. I don’t like being
treated like a prisoner, but that’s honestly not going to change unless
developers stand up against it. Apple is more successful today then ever
before with no sign that developers are refuting Apple’s bad practices.
There’s the occasional rant, but then there’s that tasty honey pot we
just can’t seem to ignore. Microsoft is just adhering to their
shareholders jealousy over Apple’s crazy success. Whether or not that
works for them is yet to be seen.