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The trend is clear: The desktop operating system will merge with the mobile OS in the coming years. The question is: Why?

Despite decades of innovation and the invention of the graphical user interface, computers remain too confusing and complex for the majority of people.

While more powerful software with complex functionality will continue to exist for highly technical users, most consumers want a device that's easy to use and intuitive.

The rise of the iPad and iPhone prove that there's huge demand for such simplicity, and that desktops too will need to become more streamlined.

The downside of simplicity? Simple systems are often less "open" and provide less freedom to try new things: Tasks are either easy to complete (because the developers thought of that use case) or not possible at all.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/21/tech/mobile/cashmore-computer-like-phone/index.html?hpt=hp_bn6
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This makes me sad. Having functionality, flexibility and openness reduced because some people that can't figure out how to use a computer. It reminds me of a joke: Computer software design is a constant battle between software designers making bigger, better, more idiot-proof software and the universe producing bigger and better idiots, so far the universe is winning.
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Not happy at all. I'm about to jump to Linux.
Edited by HybridCore - 2/21/12 at 6:30pm
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I have no idea how difficult it is to use a computer. Everything is "window" based. There is a start menu on where to begin and a search bar that you can type out whatever you want to use.

I find OSX and the iPad difficult to use as it removes functionality or intuitive self-service interface...seriously.

I think the real issue is that people are flabbergasted whenever there is too many "things" that you can do. People kinda need to be told on where to go rather. Maybe if windows came with a tutorial on how to use it then people would find it significantly easier. Make a tutorial similar to that of a video game.
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[CNN] Why your phone Is becoming more like your PC


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Its very easy to use a PC, phones are a hipster trend tongue.gif
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[CNN] Why your phone Is becoming more like your PC
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Haha. I wish.
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This is disheartening indeed. I can see streamlining the desktop OS is done in good intention for the general public, but power users are still a good chunk of the population - they need the control of a full desktop OS solution, not some stripped-down platform. If this is the "post-PC" era, then this is certainly not the right direction for us.

For me, the true definition of post-PC is a transformation of the computer's form factor, without compromising on performance and functionality. I want a desktop platform I can take anywhere via a mobile device, not just some mobile OS emulating only a sizable portion of what a PC can do. Mobile platforms have their merits, and have their own roles.
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This is disheartening indeed. I can see streamlining the desktop OS is done in good intention for the general public, but power users are still a good chunk of the population - they need the control of a full desktop OS solution, not some stripped-down platform. If this is the "post-PC" era, then this is certainly not the right direction for us.
For me, the true definition of post-PC is a transformation of the computer's form factor, without compromising on performance and functionality. I want a desktop platform I can take anywhere via a mobile device, not just some mobile OS emulating only a sizable portion of what a PC can do. Mobile platforms have their merits, and have their own roles.

I would have to agree, but sadly us power users are just a minority. If im checking the web, a tablet is good enough. On the other hand, a phone is too small and if I want power I'll take a 17.3" Laptop with me.
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Good. This might interest the older, less techie people into some "tech".

I just hope the simplicity is merely some sort of "default" skin.. and can be reverted back to the more complex system.
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I would have to agree, but sadly us power users are just a minority. If im checking the web, a tablet is good enough. On the other hand, a phone is too small and if I want power I'll take a 17.3" Laptop with me.

Let's discuss about the mobile space in general. The rate of hardware and software innovation is getting phenomenal for mobile devices these days, but they're not yet in the level where they can thoroughly go against desktops. The reason is mostly because of software; iOS and Android are getting close to becoming viable platforms for a majority of daily tasks, but still have their limitations. My idea is instead of downscaling desktop platforms to the level of simplicity of mobile counterparts, why not take the full experience and shove it to a mobile device, but keeping it separate from its core mobile OS?

This is what Canonical managed to do with Ubuntu for Android. I have a thread for discussion about the matter, but the gist of it is that mobile devices are now powerful enough to house a desktop OS and use it when in a docked state. That's what I want for future generations of mobile devices - performance coinciding with simplicity by using separate operating systems within one device. thumb.gif
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