Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8
Now this really surprises me. Apparently the newest DirectX will be W8 only. With Valve and other game developers ripping on W8, I really didn't think MS would do something like this, not for this release anyway. DirectX 11 of course supports W7 and Vista.
In other news, apparently Surface sales are 'modest' according to MS, which likely means 'bad'...
Microsoft are really taking the wrong route here. They are looking at Apple, thinking that's the business model to follow, without realizing that the only reason they still maintain desktop dominance is because their model isn't like Apple's...
Anyhow, while I'm not sure if this will increase Linux adoption, more fragmentation definitely increases multi-platform support, so things like Web Apps, JVM, will see higher adoption and importance... (which will still make our lives easier)
Also, I was pretty bullish on W8, I think it's a good system. But I think MS is making very bad business decisions.