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I've been using Windows 8 for about a month now (both tablet and desktop) and I'm surprised by how quickly I've acclimated to desktop especially.
I work for MS so maybe I'm kool-aid biased but I have high hopes for Windows 8. The design and UX is fresh and forward-thinking (anticipating a non-PC world)...we'll see.
monkeyshine, do you end up using the apps a lot? Or mostly regular desktop?
What kind of puzzles me about this "post pc world" is that I feel the thinking leaves us "content creators" out of the loop. Anyone else feel the same?
I think we all just have to adapt and find interesting and exciting ways to leverage the new technologies...a major face is it's true that screen sizes are shrinking in that people are going to mobiles and smaller netbooks etc. That said, in other places they are expanding. Internet enabled TV's which are essentially a 50" screen with tiny PC inside are becoming more ubiquitous and the way we interact with them (xbox kinect etc) means that they are no longer one way devices of consumption but rather just another connected digital touch point.
Things such as the Samsung smart window are an awesome example of where technology in the home is heading - and there will always be a need for applications to be developed, interfaces to be designed, and for content to be formatted and created for these environments.
The the recent Tupac hologram performance at Coachella shows that again it's only a matter of time before these types of technology will start becoming more mainstream and therefore accessible to not just the general public but the creators behind advertising, media and so forth - and then we'll have giant holographic sharks biting our heads off on the street :P
Undoubtedly till the monumental shift occurs though in the way we interact with technology in complex ways, the desktop computer will remain the center of activity for those who need "one device to rule them all". As we've all seen, typing large amounts on mobile devices is difficult - and it's hard to beat the accuracy of a mouse with touch unless you increase the canvas to metres.
^ Metro app development free, regular desktop app development $500.
Sublocked, that's an interesting perspective. I think that new technology is providing opportunities for more focused content. If that's true, this is a good thing for content providers. How many clients have you had who want websites but don't even consider content until the end...I'm hoping technology forces us to clarify the message before determining the medium.