“Turner went on to discuss the company’s upcoming Mountain Lion operating system and some mixed press reaction to the future of OS X. ‘We believe that Apple has it wrong,’ says Turner. ‘They’ve talked about it being the post-PC era, they talk about the tablet and PC being different, the reality in our world is that we think that’s completely incorrect,’” Warren reports. “Turner then went on to describe this new era as a “PC+” period, one that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates predicted back in 1999.”
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MacDailyNews Take: 1. Neither Kevin Turner nor anyone else at Microsoft can hold a candle to Steve Jobs or his predictive abilities. There’s a reason why Jobs was hailed as a visionary genius and Kevin Turner isn’t.
1a. Last we heard from good ol’ Kev was that “the iPhone 4 might be [Apple's] Vista.” Apple’s iPhone 4 went on to become the best-selling smartphone in history until, of course, the iPhone 4S was launched. Turner thought so much of his company’s product, Vista, that he used it as a point of denigration. This was one year after Turner called Vista “the most secure OS on the planet.” No, really, he did.
1b. All this is irrefutable evidence that Kevin Turner is a batshit insane buffoon who whores idiocy for a shitty, floundering, rudderless company. Obviously, Kevin Turner will do and say anything, regardless of veracity, in order to remain what and where he is.
1c. If the dope actually knew what the hell was coming next, or even just looked at his clown of a boss, he’d have fled Microsoft years ago.
1d. The next time he claims to know better than Steven P. Jobs, we won’t go so easy on him and does anybody at Microsoft have even a smidge of fashion sense? The cheesily-moustachioed Turner makes Ned Ryerson look hip. Oh, yeah, that’s right, at Microsoft “they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste.”
1e. “For the most part.”
2. Microsoft has to cling to the idea that Jobs, of all people, was wrong about, of all things, the future of personal computing, because if Jobs was right, Microsoft is toast.
3. We’re no slouches when it comes to seeing where things are headed, either, and what we wrote ten seconds after we first heard about Microsoft’s plans for Windows 8 works just as well today as it did over a year ago, if not better:
Our initial impression is that Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto).
By the time this hybrid spawn of Windows Phone ’07 + Windows 7ista actually ships, one can only dream where Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X will be! For Microsoft, it’ll be more like a nightmare. Perhaps Microsoft will someday put some scare into Google’s Android/Chrome OS, but only time – and a lot of it when measured in tech time – will tell. We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.
From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.
Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder). Is Microsoft giving up on backwards compatibility? If so, people might as well get the Mac they always wanted. If not, then Microsoft’s unwilling to do what it takes to really attempt to keep up with the likes of Apple or even Apple’s followers. No matter what, if Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”
As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "thethirdshoe" for the heads up.]
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