In my opinion, the best computing model is one in which all the
devices you use have operating systems, UIs, and interaction
models that are appropriate for that device’s form factor and for
its intended purpose with data being seamlessly shared between
them. My interpretation of Windows 8 is that Microsoft tried to
anticipate Apple combining their operating systems into one, and
tried to beat them to it. However, I think they’ve beaten Apple to
something Apple isn’t interested in doing, and that actually
represents a big step backwards in computer interaction and
The recurring theme of these Windows 8 reviews: the brand-new Metro UI is elegant, clever, original and shows much promise; the updated classic Windows desktop is better than ever; the two environments don’t flow well together.
And I think Cantrell is exactly right about where Apple sees things going.