Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Compromising On "No Compromises"

Link: Compromising On "No Compromises"


Tom Warren on Office 2013 RT for Windows RT (which sounds as ridiculous as “C++ for You++”):

To optimize for Windows RT, Microsoft has made the decision to remove a number of features from its Office 2013 RT release to ensure battery life and reliability are not impacted on tablet devices.

Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, a year ago talking about designing for Metro (a codename all along, we swear):

Our design goal was clear: no compromises.

He’s technically making the argument as to why Microsoft decided to include the don’t-call-it-Metro component alongside the more traditional desktop component in Windows 8. But isn’t it a little odd that Microsoft is so adamant about “no compromises” (he goes on to say it four more times, with exclamation marks!) and yet, with WIndows RT, it seems to be all about compromises? 

For good measure, Sinofsky further down:

Windows 8 brings together all the power and flexibility you have in your PC today with the ability to immerse yourself in a Metro style experience. You don’t have to compromise!

Right. Unless you buy a Surface or any of the other ARM-based tablets. Then you will have to compromise!

I continue to believe this is going to be a giant mindfuck of confusion for consumers.

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