Originally Posted by un-midas touch
Average people don't upgrade their own Windows for many reasons (not even including their tech guru telling them that the new version is a toy and a frankenstein, or whatever. ). They get a new computer, or a refurb, or a custom built. And since the need to do that is not necessary at this junction what with hardware being far ahead of software as it is, this will not happen just because a new Windows came out. They will wait until "everything is slow" again, and buy a new system with the highest tagged consumer software (ever) installed on it, eating into the price-point and lowering the quality of the rest of the system. So NotUrAverageJoe's point has already trumped yours, and your attempt at claiming to side with the people with no PC experience has galvanized it even further against your "get with the times" attitude. So you may not be arguing with yourself but you are arguing against yourself. Stop that. It causes unnecessary stress.
edit: Besides. Do you think regular people will read this article? No, they read Yahoo and Google and online versions of their favorite mainstream newspaper.
And you're still failing to see my point as your post clearly shows. You're STILL looking at this from the old Windows perspective. Windows used to be upwards of $100, People just didn't want to pay that, and didn't want to deal with it so they went out and spent a few hundred on a new system. This isn't a 'get with the times' argument. Clearly MS has gone the route of 'let's not try to make the common user learn something new, let's give them a style they're familiar with, and a very cheap price point and maybe we can get them to upgrade'. The tablet interface is there to attract the average person that uses a smartphone with a similar interface, not us here on OCN. I used to work in PC sales and I'd hear customers talking about it all the time, they were interested in Win8 from what they'd seen. And these are the people who had no idea what you meant if you said CPU or gigahertz, or that didn't know the difference between memory and hard drive space. You said it yourself, OCN has skewed your view on the average consumer, and it clearly has if you cannot see that for the average person, Win8 with Metro is a big plus.
Not once did I say it was a good idea for US. The average person can now easily upgrade an aging system to Win8 with the upgrade assistant that makes everything painless, at a cost of $15 to $40 when they are used to seeing $100+. The average person is going to be much more inclined to actually do this themselves, or have someone they know do it for them, than they are to go drop another few hundred bucks.
Stop looking at it with 5-10 years ago glasses and actually view it from the common person's eyes and you'll see what MS was going for.
I'm not arguing against myself. If this had been 5 years ago, yes. But now it's not. We don't have to get with the times, we like what we like. MS got with the common person's times for Win8.