For a kicker, check out this simple advice to developers from InfoWorld's Fatal Exception blogger Neil McAllister: "Develop Metro apps? Say no to this con."
Then there's Paul Thurrot's March 7 post on his Supersite for Windows, which revealed this telling bit of behind-the-scenes drama:
Inside Microsoft, there is a ... fixation on whether Windows 8 will succeed and, yes, there is a contingent of people stuck in a paradoxical position: They understand that the success of Microsoft is inexorably linked to Windows, and thus that Windows 8 must succeed. But they desperately want Steven Sinofsky, and thus Windows 8, to fail. That both can't happen is of course the unresolvable issue.
So with Windows 8, we have an operating system that is stirring outrage in some of Microsoft's staunchest supporters, produced by a company apparently experiencing dysfunction at a fundamental level. Microsoft cannot afford another Vista -- and Windows 8 promises to be just that sort of debacle. Moreover, it seems as if internal politics may be overwhelming Microsoft's ability to execute.
What does that say to you? To me and perhaps to many others, it says: I'm getting off this train at the next stop.
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