With Intel parting ways with MS , and with the uncertainty of the release date of Windows8 it is likely that the market will shift to the other alternatives like Android.
How does MS plan to keep their customers in their camp till the release of Windows 8?
I'm left confused about all of the "App" hype; first with the iPad, Android and now Windows 8. We used to have those, but maybe they were harder to write because software folks not only had to code the "App", but also the "lication" part.
I recall when there was money to be made in music player apps on Windows, but then that function became bundled in. There was the web browser app, but then that function became bundled in. And the video player app... There used to be a lot of money in a lot of different software areas, but so much has been bundled in to the OS that the earning potential is greatly reduced.
Do "App" developers have the same fate in their future? Will all of the really valuable Apps get sucked into Windows 8.1 or Windows 9? Or, are the developers protected because they don't mess with the "lication" part?
I think personally that beyond email, flash free web browsing and some well thought out apps, the iPad is useless for me. That said, things that it does really well are: It isn't resource hungry, behaving quite snappy and sipping power while having a wonderful instant on behaviour. Windows (currently) on the other hand sucks the life out of batteries while making a 4GHz i7 seem sluggish more often than not. These are the things that MS needs to address in W8 if it's to survive in the future. If my PC wasn't on all day I'd be getting an iPad just so I could check emails within 10 seconds of wanting to. I have a 1.5GHz Core2duo based laptop that takes about 2 minutes to "resume", and 4-5 minutes to fully boot which means that about 2% of the battery is needed to go from power off to on and around 1% from standby to on. That's just plain crazy.
Windows 8, with its Metro Style interface and abandonment of Windows 3.1 baggage in its API shouldn't be called Windows. But it's Microsoft's brand so it's Windows. I think it will provide employment for a lot of Windows programmers as apps are moved to the Metro API.
"Surprisngly few details" is completely incorrect. I was there. I am an engineer. I was drinking from the firehose all week and I will spend the next week going through as many of the other tracks' slides and videos as possible.
MS released all the necessary bits, OS, dev tools, tons of docs, a hundred sample apps. Their many dozens of presenters (engineers) were very open and candid and eager to explain the new technologies. Of course they were not free to discuss ship dates and other sensitive business details. ATtendees and the at least half million people who have downloaded the Win8 prerelease image are now completely enabled to start building new Windows Metro Style Apps (as they are called).
If OEMs came away "suprised" it is because they were trade show people in the expo hall and not going to the many hundreds of classes. 4 days, of which 3 days of sessions had twenty (20) concurrent tracks. This confab also folded in the old Windows Hardware Engineering Conf and there were dozens of HW layer talks.
Finally, I will note the trade press has missed a key story from the show, how Microsoft has (in the new Windows Runtime API) streamined, modernized, and reimagined the entire Windows programming platform, making it fresh and much easier to author apps for, and ready for the next decade.