Random Thoughts on Microsoft

I finally stepped into the 21st century…sorta.  I’ve had desktops and laptops, but no smartphone or tablet.  I am now the proud owner of a Nexus 7 tablet.  I mainly got the device to watch videos while I work out on the elliptical (can’t get enough of those UK shows with Gordon Ramsey!).  However, I do have to say I’ve become “addicted” to this device.  I can drag and drop magazine PDFs to the device and read them anywhere and the battery life is amazing.  I can check e-mail from all 3 of my main accounts with a few flicks of my finger.  I can check the weather, browse the web and shop all from the comfort of my chair.  This Android operating system is pretty amazing…fast, clean and stable.

Then I think about Microsoft and the debacle of the Start Menu and Microsoft removing features such as Windows Media Center and DVD playback from Windows 8.  Just last week Microsoft announced its retiring Technet subscriptions for its IT professionals, a subscription service I’ve had for the past 7 years.  Microsoft may remain king of the desktop, but I don’t see it making any major in-roads to the tablet market.  It’s too late to the game and its current attitude towards customers does not bode well for its future.

However, I don’t see tablets replacing laptops or desktops either…typing is a chore on these things and at least for the Nexus 7, the lack of ports kills its expandability.  One possibility I see is people transferring to Android applications on Windows through the use of emulation.  Ween yourself off enough Windows applications and why you do you need Windows anymore?   Emulation of Windows from the Android side?  Don’t laugh: it could happen.  Pick up a cheap copy of Windows 7 and emulate that from your new device running something other then Windows.

Personally, I think that’s a long way off…maybe 15-20 years from now.  Microsoft is kidding itself, however, if it thinks it’s going to remain king of operating systems forever.

– Soli Deo Gloria

Change Classic Shell Icon back to Windows logo

Classic Shell was forced by Microsoft to make their icon look less like the Microsoft one in version 3.6.8.  Here’s how to change it to look like it did in Windows 7: http://www.askvg.com/download-classic-shell-skin-to-get-windows-7-look-like-start-menu-and-start-button-in-windows-8/

or for a bunch of different skins: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=853

– Soli Deo Gloria