The truth about consumer computing is finally being recognized

As I have been saying for years, it has long been obvious that Windows was a bad consumer operating system. Whatever its virtues in the enterprise, for technology professionals, and for power computer users, Windows was far too complex and insecure for the vast majority of home PC users. Hundreds of millions of technically untrained people had to struggle with an operating system that was incomprehensible to them.

Microsoft not only ignored the needs of consumers but stood in the way of all who tried to make home computing simpler. Microsoft even went so far as to try to block projects like the One Laptop per Child effort.

Finally, someone with enough resources and market savvy to counter the monopoly muscle of Microsoft came along and produced systems aimed at the consumer. Sales of the iPhone, the iPad, and the Android mobile platforms took off as consumers eagerly went for systems that were simpler and easier to use.

For a long time I lamented that the technorati couldn’t seem to understand that the home computer user’s skills and needs were not the same as those of people who use computers professionally. As Windows 8 shows, Microsoft is still clinging to one system for everybody and the belief that it can force the consumer to buy whatever it gives them.

However, the technology journalists seem to be finally realizing that Windows is not the operating system for absolutely everybody. In fact, there has been a cascade of articles about how consumers are deserting Windows. Importantly, industry observers are finally awakening to why Windows is not what consumers want. Here are some examples with quotes that are eerie echoes of what you could have read on this blog 5 or 6 years ago:

Of course, Microsoft isn’t going away. It remains a major, very profitable company with a lock on much of the enterprise. But its domination of consumer computing is fading. And it’s about time.

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Comments

Android need to be better to get more user:
1. Better and more user friendly UI
2. The update many times is too big. they need to change it.
3. Need to change the system, so hardware manufacturer just need to release the driver, but the core always maintaned by Google and community.
4. Need to improve the security

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