Is Microsoft Abandoning the Desktop?
Microsoft's new interface and application environment is understandably top priority. It primarily targets a market that Microsoft has little influence in. As such, I'm sure many of the MS developers are focused on producing new content for the new environment. But, do you think Microsoft will return some of its focus to the desktop, at least eventually?
I was pretty excited when I first heard about the recent update to Microsoft's free essentials pack, but was pretty disappointed in what it brought to the table. There were few improvements and a few of the apps were completely unchanged.
The Zune software is great, but it hasn't received any changes in a long while and it is getting pretty stale. Will Microsoft kill it off and release a rebranded Xbox Music desktop application, or just ignore it? Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center have both been noticeably ignored as well.
Skype has long been my favorite communication client, and it was refreshing to see the leaked Skype screen shots... they look really good. The desktop counterpart on the other hand has always had a terrible UI. Will MS finally overhaul it, or again, just ignore it?
Do you think Microsoft will return its focus to the desktop eventually, or will it remain in a space of low priority?
I think I didn't quite get my point across in the post. I'm quite sure that Microsoft will not be removing the desktop (at least not in the near future). I think it will even maintain a presence beyond what CMD currently is. What I mean by "abandon" is not *remove*, so much as, well... ignore. I thought I was clear enough in my examples.
Do you think Microsoft will return to the desktop so far as updating their consumer applications and/or adding new ones? (Obviously they will continue to update and provide software that they make money off of)
Perhaps it will be as someone commented that in the future, the desktop and modern environments will meld together, but until then...?