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    Hey, do you remember Blackberry? Remember how for years, every white-collar professional who worked in every office had to have one? And how they made consumer smartphones, that some people actually bought, and wanted to be all cool?

    When I started work at the headquarters for a major media company in 2008, every executive had one. They were tied to them. By the time I left that company less than four years later, those executives mostly had iPhones (and the ones who didn't had Android devices). That organization was not atypical. By this year, the company behind Blackberry has all but folded, facing one financial disaster after another.

    The company whose product once defined its entire class has fallen, lost under the waves of newer competitors who can do it sleeker and better. And even if the best, sleekest, fastest, most stylish Blackberry in the world were to hit store shelves tomorrow, it wouldn't matter. The tide of popular conception has turned on the Blackberry. To see one is to start thinking of dinosaur jokes.

    So why the parable about smartphones? Because I am beginning to worry that Microsoft, and Windows products, are in danger of pulling a Blackberry.

    Windows 8 doesn't need to kill Microsoft, and it doesn't need to kill PC gaming. But it sure seems to be trying its hardest to. The newest version of the world's most commonly-used operating system is set to launch on October 26. And so far, Microsoft has provided essentially no reason for anyone to upgrade.

    Instead, major PC developers have expressed very deep, very public concerns. One after the next, they worry. The head of Stardock has described the killer problems in the OS. Blizzard execs are not thrilled with where Windows is heading in the future. Notch, of Minecraft fame, has cautioned that as it stands, Windows 8 could be very bad for indie developers. And most famously, and infamously, Gabe Newell of Valve said that Windows 8 "is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space."

    Valve is putting their money where their mouth is. Steam already offers Mac OS support, in addition to Windows. They will soon be expanding to Linux, as a way to continue to hedge their bets. And just today, Valve announced that Steam will be expanding its store and platform to include non-gaming software, "to range from creativity to productivity."

    "Productivity" is a byword for business and office tools, the one area where Microsoft has remained unquestionably dominant so far. If Steam becomes a viable platform to bridge games and other software across multiple operating systems, Microsoft may have a large problem on its hands.

    Meanwhile, the entire concept of the PC itself is coming under fire in the age of the rising tablet. For many of us, a keyboard is still not optional. Students and professionals need to be able to write, a lot, and 85+ wpm on a tablet just isn't the same. But where fifteen years ago every household aimed to have the family desktop, these days that same household is more likely to hold a scattering of portable devices.

    PC gaming finds itself in an excellent position at the moment, as the consoles with which it competes are showing their age. One solid desktop or even laptop is still the all-purpose device that can bridge the gap between console and phone. But the time of the PC, and especially the Windows PC, naturally dominating the landscape for all is ending.

    As the 21st century marches on, Microsoft will have to actively woo both consumers and developers into using Windows platforms. Making Windows 8 into a blockier and more colorful iOS, accompanying tablet and all, might help them in some ways while it hurts them in others.

    But now, whether or not Windows 8 is any good feels like something of a pointless question. The tide of public sentiment right now is against it. As of May, nearly half of users and companies were still holding on to Windows XP, and hadn't even jumped to 7. That giant percentage of the market probably isn't going to run out and buy upgrades in October. And the way Windows 8 looks at the moment, neither will I.

    Microsoft stands poised right now to go one of two ways: either to continue their dominance, and in so doing to give customers some reason to choose their products, or to become another Blackberry. Personally, I really like assembling my own PC and I've never liked using any version of Mac OS, so I hope they don't do the latter. I'm just amazed that we've hit the point where Windows is something I feel the need to cheer on—and where I worry it might be an underdog.

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    I didn't get the point of this article.

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    Lol tablets destroying pc


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    Eishob habizabi shunle chorom birokto lage. Laptops, tabs will destroy desktops? Pfffft..... Only dumbest noobest noobs say that

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    Two companies talking against it sell their own software, one of them has a gaming platform which is going to be selling 3rd party software from next month too. Windows has a store built-in now. See the connection?

    FWIW, anything that runs on W7, runs fine on W8...only faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    which is going to be selling 3rd party software from next month too
    Just saw the news... will be odd to see Steam sell Software other than games.
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    Expected, and well written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syeef View Post
    Just saw the news... will be odd to see Steam sell Software other than games.
    Really odd. Steam and Software. If this continues to happen. Who knows when EA, UBISOFT are also gonna show interest in software market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    Two companies talking against it sell their own software, one of them has a gaming platform which is going to be selling 3rd party software from next month too. Windows has a store built-in now. See the connection?

    FWIW, anything that runs on W7, runs fine on W8...only faster.
    game runs in Win 8........ Faster????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    game runs in Win 8........ Faster????
    Why not? W8 is W7 with improved scheduler, dx, newer wddm, better hardware accel etc.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-...8-performance/
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/dis..._FX_Chips.html

    Ofc, the performance increase is mostly small. Also, some things have problems as pointed out in first link though I have not run in to any yet. Expect them to run fine on RTM (or RTM with a few compatibility patches).
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    It doesn't, aside from D3D (and perhaps, better cpu time sync), games don't really rely on Windows. It's mostly all 3rd party libs, which, as long as the kernel doesn't go full retard, will run fine.

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    So is it better to stick with Win 7 SP2 (which will be released at the same time of Win 8 release) than upgrading to Win 8? @Codex

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    @CvP one thing i couldnt understand, everything was pretty fine at your link but what exactly happened in FarCry 2 case?

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    If you don't need a feature 8 exclusively offers, that would be my suggestion, yes.

    I personally most likely will not upgrade, may check it out on my new build (which is still unfinished), but we'll see about that.

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    Win 8 is a generally faster Win7, everything works on it already. Boot time is crazy fast with an SSD, makes 7 feel slow to be honest. I'm not really worried about how 8 is going to perform, because modern hardware can handle it with ease (unlike Vista back then).

    And I'm not sure how selling softwares through Steam is going to work out. They don't even provide options to have stuff installed in separate partitions yet (your Steam installation folder is your downloaded games' folder), but they do have great sales on games so hopefully softwares will get the same treatment as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    So is it better to stick with Win 7 SP2 (which will be released at the same time of Win 8 release) than upgrading to Win 8? @Codex

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    One thing though, the UI is indeed crazy fast. That much, I can attest to.

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    @aayman @dipanzan one thing is bothering my mind for a long long time; I as well as the most of the bd people are used to use value rams, i mean typical 1333 CL9. So how effectively it will tag the team with my M4 if i upgrade to a CL7 (7-7-7-21) high priced BallistiX/HyperX/Patriot Extreme? They are all 1333 bus ram but have tremendous timings.

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