Originally Posted by Edward M. Grant
Who were not the market for Windows 95.
Neither were they the *target* market for XP or Win7 or Win8.
They were and are the single biggest buyers of PCs and the biggest gripers about PC interfaces.
Just because you didn't see the griping in your circles doesn't mean it wasn't all over in industry cicles. It was. Just scan the PC WEEKs, InfoWorlds, and Information Weeks of any release era.
(Historicaly, IT depts' biggest gripe has been that MS designs desktop OSes for the users' convenience, not theirs like they do the server OSes.
(Second biggest gripe is that MS markets corporate OSes to *management*--the people who cut the checks, not the operations staff. And they never can quite figure out why.
(I love watching IT folk squirm, in case it wasn't clear.)
It's all sound and fury that blows over once the product ships, is run through the IT departments' testing and configuration processes, and the orders (by the thousand) are placed.
MS has issues and challenges but if acceptance of the new front-end is the biggest one, then Ballmer is correct and Win8 will be a big hit.