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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Feb. 3, 2014
Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.

Lenovo is not a stupid company. It has already invested in Android, and it just bought a company known for — wait for it — Android smartphones. One of the classic military maxims is to never reinforce failure. Why should Lenovo, or any other company not named Microsoft or Nokia, invest in mobile Windows? I can't see it.

Earlier, I described Windows 9 as a desperate move for attention and I suggested that a return to a Windows 7-style desktop would be Microsoft's best plan. It looks like the company agrees with me. Now the billion-dollar question is: Will it be enough to bring back Microsoft's software vendors, hardware partners and the all-important customers?

I don't know if it will be or not. I do know it's probably the only move Microsoft could make with Windows that gives the operating system a fighting chance to not start a long, slow fade into desktop irrelevance.


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