What would a U-turn on Windows 8 mean for the third Xbox?
I came across an article recently titled, ‘Microsoft prepares rethink on Windows 8 flagship software’ found here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/3...
The article suggests that Microsoft is, “preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system, marking one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola’s New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago”. Apparently they have finally caved to pressure from the many irate windows users who have been screaming at Microsoft to bring back a more familiar format to their OS since windows 8 launched. They now intend to bring forth an update that will change “key aspects” of how win 8 is used.
While it’s good that Microsoft are finally listening to what their customers want, changes on this scale equate to what Financial Times describes as “a significant admission of failure for Steve Ballmer”. This is made all the more significant when you think back to the launch of windows 8 in October last year, which was described by Ballmer himself as a “bet-the-company” moment. Richard Doherty, analyst at tech research firm Envisioneering, is quoted as saying: “This is like New Coke, going on for seven months – only Coke listened better.”
Obviously this fiasco will have a significant impact on their OS business and image but what of the third Xbox? I ask the question because, according to recent rumors, Xbox 3 will run on a “core version” of windows 8. http://www.tgdaily.com/game...
Doing such a huge U-turn on windows 8 functionality could affect the way that the OS is implemented on MS’s console. I could speculate on how but, given that we know very little about how the OS on XB3 will work, it would just be pure guess work.
Given the backlash MS has faced over win 8 they are sure to be treading lightly with the XB3 OS as tying it too close to their troubled desktop OS could reflect badly on the console. Of course there’s always the chance that non of this will affect the console but with their main source of income in the firing line you have to wonder if MS could even stay in the video game industry should their golden goose keel over and die.