Stardock stands by Impulse sale, has major doubts about Windows 8

By Matthew · 9 replies
Mar 21, 2012
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  1. Stardock has released its Customer Report 2011 (PDF), addressing questions, concerns and complaints about the company's projects over the last year and beyond. Before delving into other topics, the firm felt…

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  2. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    They have some good points but I doubt windows 8 will flop for those reasons. Apple could further take away casual gaming and entertainment, but it is a big market and most people don't even have windows for that reason.

    But any of the entertainment that requires heavy lifting will still be on Windows as Apple has alienated itself from the graphics power houses. With its sour dealings with Nvidia and AMD being busy with next gen consoles Apple will focus on the bigger group.

    If it does get wireless controllers standard and the ability to better communicate with the living room... there will just be more competition. This has little to do with Windows 8... if anything Windows 8 might start pushing into the Living room too... so there will be lots of competition which is good. The experiences will not be all the same for the different platforms, but they will be more consistent which is not all that bad. It will be about communication and taking away the chores of doing things. This release is going after the mainstream market since computing for everyone his exploded with ARM based devices everywhere...
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    If Windows 8 were to flop the reasons quoted would be in the top 10 for sure. Personally I already have abandoned any interest in Windows 8 for those very reasons identified. I am a desktop person, if Windows 8 can not give me a high productivity experience then I won't bother. Learning again a completely new organizational structure to accessing my software is not something I am willing to pay to experience.
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    People won't say Windows 8 or other non-Windows, they will say Windows 8 or 7 (MAYBE other). So their concerns aren't as grave as they make them out to be...
  5. Gamesinner

    Gamesinner TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Yeah, I think I'll be sitting out on this next windows upgrade.
  6. In 2008 Impulse was more than twice as big as Steam????
  7. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Why am I not surprised? :rolleyes:
  8. wcbert

    wcbert TS Rookie Posts: 74

    "... the nature of running a large digital store conflicted with Stardock's internal culture, which is less about bean counting and more about making "cool stuff.""

    Finally glad to someone have said that!
  9. Eh, when games stop being supported on WinXP, I'll be Linux only. If Stardock wants me as a customer, they can find me there.
  10. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    I really won't buy Windows 8 if it ships without a way to disable Metro entirely. I want a DESKTOP OS, not a dummy-tablet thing to use on my PC.

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