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43. Re: Notch Knocks Win8: Minecraft Certification in Doubt Sep 27, 2012, 12:49 Beamer
ASeven wrote on Sep 27, 2012, 12:32:
Beamer wrote on Sep 27, 2012, 12:18:
PHJF wrote on Sep 27, 2012, 12:14:
It's about the slippery slope MS now created with Win8, the potential of taking away control from the users.

Most users are not qualified to be IN control of anything other than MSPaint or Minesweeper. 99% of IT work is trying to prevent people doing things or undoing what they've done.

Most don't want to be in control, either. Hence the huge explosion of Apple and Google.
So Microsoft will very happily monetize losing control, because that's what the market demands. We all know what happens to companies that ignore what their consumers want when demand is this overwhelming.

But just because they create a nice little walled-in courtyard for people afraid of the outside world doesn't mean they'll prevent anyone else from venturing out there. As I keep mentioning, businesses could not survive like this. They still rely on legacy software, custom modifications to existing software, etc. Walling off like this would strangle enterprise, which is still the Microsoft bread-and-butter.

You are assuming MS is acting logically or has the interest of customers at heart. If the company's past history shows anything is that they are prone to make some major fuck-ups as well. They are clearly taking the Apple road here and it will get worse, not better, unless Win8 is a major financial failure.

You can only assume they act logically, and having the interest of the consumer and the interest of themselves at heart is the only way to survive.

What you repeatedly ignore is that [b]the bulk of Microsoft's business is enterprise[/b] and that [b]enterprise cannot exist in a walled-in ecosystem.[/b] So if you think Microsoft will cut off their strongest, most reliable, most profitable customers, I'd argue you're not the one being rational.

Now, we may end up with Windows 9 Consumer edition which is walled in and Windows 9 Enterprise which isn't, but is 3x the price, but Microsoft knows they cannot turn their back on enterprise and knows enterprise and walled-in cannot exist together.
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