Originally Posted by sdlvx
They tried this before and it failed miserably for years and years.
The whole RT thing was a power grab to try and get control of the Windows ecosystem. Microsoft has had to watch their OS which is the defacto standard for gamers and a massive part of the industry that actually does work be swallowed up by some watered down, locked down ecosystem where everything is controlled. And it made Apple billions.
Meanwhile Microsoft can do nothing but sit back and watch as massive corporations make software for Windows that sells like crazy and makes tons of money. Had those programs existed in an ecosystem like Apple's, Microsoft would be getting a cut from each sale. Instead, Microsoft depends solely on licensing the software.
Microsoft is not dumb. They realize the boatloads of money they can make off of that. In fact, they've tried to do the same thing with XBox one until the backlash was massive. Yet Microsoft will continue to push for it in the future.
Microsoft desperately wants a locked down ecosystem like Apple's where they get a cut of every application install on the OS, have kill switches, etc. RT was that attempt to do it and it didn't work, probably because the only reason people put up with Windows is for the software library and the ecosystem that exists where you can download programs from anywhere and you don't have to worry about the owner of the OS pulling software, banning it, etc.
Here's the problem with that strategy, where it becomes a "which comes first, chicken or the egg" type thing. The reason why microsoft takes up 90% of desktop, laptops, and enterprises, is because they allowed people to make a profit off their not so closed OS. You can't have a locked down type garden, while at the same time having that huge of marketshare. It's just not plausible at this point.
I'm sorry but the shipped has sailed, if Microsoft wants to come in and do that now, all they're gonna get is backlash, which is what they're pretty much getting now. If they really wanna compete so damn bad in the arm/mobile arena, they're gonna have to do what they did years ago with windows, give the devs what they want with a little more leeway, try not to take such a cut, and BE PATIENT. Overcoming Android and apple's market is no small feat.