Originally Posted by doomlord52
No, you got rid of the start bar.
Stop doing things, MS. Do what you do - print stupid amounts of money by doing 3 things: Windows, Office and Xbox. Your other products are logically good (most of the time), but no one wants them. Meanwhile both Windows and Office have OVER ONE BILLION users.
I mean, by January of 2012, MS had sold over HALF A BILLION Windows 7 licenses. Why would you change ANYTHING to that formula. Literally any other company in the world would do ANYTHING to sell that many units of anything. Meanwhile MS is thinking "what if we made it TOTALLY different?".
MS, want infinite money? Here's what you do:
What until late 2014, and Release Windows 9. Call it something like "Windows Pro" or something like that. Make it look like WIndows 7, just update the art style to something really, really clean (but keep the layout the same). Get it to run on next-to-no hardware. Literally get it running on Phone-spec computers - maybe even a Raspberry Pi or something along that line.
Now update the OS on the new Xbox to this magical version of Windows, and just make the UI work for the controller. Make stuff sync between desktop and Xbox. Don't go around shouting "CLOUD" everywhere - just have a sync feature. Sync contacts, sync music files, heck, let me stream music on an Xbox from my PC's HDD through wifi. Maybe even movies. Just sync EVERYTHING.
Now release a new version of Office that doesn't think it's smarter than you. In case you didn't know, the biggest Office sales are actually for businesses, where people (vaguely) know what they're doing. Get all the features easy-to-use (like that worthless Excel graph thing). Just polish it to some crazy level of shine. Also fix it from crashing, and put auto-save on by default. Get the startup time on it really, really low. Run it in the background at ghost-level. Not much hardware, but if I click an attachment it should open as fast a .txt file in notepad.
Once you have this, STOP DOING OTHER THINGS. Just keep making what you have better. Maybe by 2016 try the tablet thing again, but actually use the desktop OS, not some magical version no one cares for. Most importantly, keep the price FAIR. Windows 7 OEM x64 is currently about $100. This feels right - as does Office Home (iirc about $100). A $900 tablet is insane.
Do this, and you will literally eat the entire market in two years.