The real thing is that these are computer nerds actively fighting ALL forms of innovation. To them not only are the Tiles a form of heresy but so are all touchscreens in general. And any tech that would lean towards an alternative to the mouse. They not only want to hold onto the mouse but want to hold all of us back too.
Even the ones who say they're motivated by cost make no sense. Because even if we don't move towards touch their philosophy totally hinders them from purchasing a new computer.
So if they just won't purchase anything because they are "cheap" why would ANY company listen to their cries? If you guys aren't going to buy anything new why shouldn't the industry move towards touchscreens and screen tiles? You're no longer a customer. You don't matter anymore. (Also, why would you say you'd buy Windows 9 as if you would like that too?)
Microsoft's customers are the newbies and innovation seekers and hold-outs who never wanted to play with mice. They are in the hundreds of millions. Any company worth its salt doesn't see YOU as relevant. The Surface is on every other TV show and audiences are interested. You're not the guys at the computer conventions cheering on presenters of new gadgets. You are the ghosts of IT Past. From the sounds of it, poltergeist is a better description.
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