WhaleTech: Microsoft Blue: Good grief, Ballmer’s off his leash again

crazy steve

Via fakesteve.net.

Thanks to the flop of Windows 8, Steve Ballmer’s trying to tell us all that more frequent updates to the company’s flagship product is the new normal. Instead of admitting that the latest Windows is an abject failure and that this necessitated the fast-track of the ‘fixed’ version,  he’s been spotted jumping around at Microsoft’s developer conference declaring ‘Rapid Release! Rapid Release!’.

Be warned: when the Microsoft CEO romps, he means business. For those who haven’t seen what kind of a loon is in charge of the company, feast your eyes.

Steve’s claim that Windows 8.1, known to some as ‘blue’, heralds a new dawn of short cycles for product updates isn’t entirely unprecedented. While Windows isn’t exactly an iStore app (or, indeed, a Windows Store app…did I just see a tumbleweed blow past?), it does enjoy a long history of very frequent updates – except these have consistently focused on the many security problems in the shipped software.

Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade, of course, from a company notoriously unabashed about charging lots for its software. Rapid release! Rapid Release! Should have called it Service Pack 1, Steve, like you used to in the good old days.

Those unfortunates who have Windows 8 and are hankering after a ‘Start’ button, settle down. It’s not coming back, or at least, not as you have come to know and love it. Instead, the major changes include such arbitrariness as ‘better organisation and customisation on the Start Screen’, and ‘improvements to Windows Store and Start apps’. You can boot it into Desktop mode….and then the Start button kicks off that abominable Start Screen.

Windows 8.1 Beta preview is available as a preview from 26 June in the Windows Store.  As with all software, download and install at your peril; messing with operating systems is particularly risky and can bork your entire machine. If you’re going to do that, you might as well bite the bullet and revert to Windows 7. It is, after all, a far better operating system.

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