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- Windows 8 still fails to excite four months after its launch
Leaving Microsoft’s statements aside, it’s pretty clear that Windows 8 isn’t selling very well right now, with most users criticizing the GUI changes that Microsoft introduced in the operating system.
But if you’re asking Paulo Camara, head of mobility services at IT firm Ci&T, one of the reasons why Windows 8 still fails to excite is the upcoming Windows 9 that’s expected to bring many important changes for Windows users.
“The next Windows version certainly will include the strengths of Windows 8 and fix its main gaps,” he was quoted as saying by InformationWeek
Does this mean that Windows 9 will bring back a Start button? Nobody knows for sure, but Steve Ballmer has already made it clear that Microsoft had no intention to abandon the Start Screen.
Camara, on the other hand, says that Windows 9 is very likely to “have a faster adoption by enterprises” than Windows 8.
It remains to be seen when the new Windows 9 will actually arrive, as everybody’s talking about a so-called Windows Blue
that may be released sometime this year.
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|Comment #1 by: newyorkcitymale on 15 Feb 2013, 09:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 8 is a giant beta so Microsoft could figure out how the masses would use a touch-PC (because that's what the Surface is--a PC). Now that they have about a hundred million people using it, they can refine it so it's close to perfect.
As a Windows 8 "beta tester," I can honestly say that I like the direction Microsoft is headed and am excited for Windows Blue & 9. Windows 8 isn't perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.
|Comment #2 by: Ryan on 15 Feb 2013, 16:01 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I assume there was no pun intended for the post title :)
Disappointing start - as in start screen :)
|Comment #3 by: IT on 15 Feb 2013, 17:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'm an IT admin at a College and I hate Windows 8, and I fix every student computer that I can with a start button via 3rd party app.
|Comment #4 by: Darrell on 24 Feb 2013, 00:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It appears to me that Microsoft is blaming most everything on the failure of Windows 8 except the what the real issue is. The real issue is that it sucks but they will never admit it. Everyone puts Ubuntu down because of the rapid release cycle however, now Microsoft wants to do it to. That's odd......
|Comment #5 by: Arty on 01 Mar 2013, 23:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Hell, I LOVE windows 8. Sr. Software Engineer for a large tech firm, and it's an amazing system. Have it running on 2 laptops, my desktop and a tablet. Just learn how to use it. Don't hate it because you're ignorant on how to use it.
|Comment #5.1 by: Ali on 06 Mar 2013, 20:55 GMT|
Totally agree. We have deployed windows 8 on 10 of our computers, previously running XP. The machines run much faster, boot more than twice as quick and windows 8 is an incredible system. Its a very good operating system all round.
It took our staff (and many are not very computer minded!), just ONE week, and they all say how superb it is.
People are frightened of change..thats all, but Windows 8 is brilliant!.
|Comment #5.2 by: willhen50 on 18 Mar 2013, 05:37 GMT|
Our company went from XP to Win 7 and the speed was fast as well. The problems that I have discovered with Win 8, the GUI interface is not relevant if you have to rely on the keyboards various key commands to exit or find windows programs. I don't like those animated rectangular gadgets flashing on the screen, I feel like I am working on an oversize smart phone. There was nothing wrong with Win 7, as a matter of fact many people felt that Microsoft finally got it right after failing many times. You ever hear the expression "when it's not broke, don't fix it?" I don't think Microsoft follows that query. Win 8 is not only broken it is beyond repair.
|Comment #5.3 by: dlh on 17 May 2013, 01:02 GMT|
I don't want or need all that c**p on my startup screen or ever. Editing and customizing is not apparent anywhere on the demos I've used though I'm sure there must be a way to get rid of the telephone apps. Also I do not have a touchscreen and much of what is needed is off the screen with no indication that it is there... Including the means to shut the thing down.
It was an undesired change and a stupid GUI on a par with TRAC-PHONE navigation.
|Comment #6 by: Shimmy on 02 Mar 2013, 20:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Removing the start button was a fatal gamble by Microsoft.
|Comment #7 by: james on 06 Mar 2013, 19:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i hate windows 8 absolute waste of money ive went back to windows 7 miles better and windows 9 wonder how wonderful that will be lol
|Comment #8 by: dd on 14 Mar 2013, 14:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
windows blue......blue screen of death. Microsoft failed badly with win8 and I think it is now too late. Soon 99% of people can do everything with an ipad or android phone/tablet. If the came up with a new solution tomorrow, then perhaps...but I think the train has left the station and microsoft is not in it. I dont even want win 8 on my computer even if you paid me 500usd! It is just so irritating....2 different explores and so on, just not user freindly.
|Comment #9 by: lev on 16 Mar 2013, 17:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I believe GUI of W8RT good step forward. but "on it" is the same W7 that does not fit to touchscreen work. Today android OS much easier for tablets
|Comment #10 by: willhen50 on 18 Mar 2013, 05:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It doesn't make any difference whether there is a Windows Blue, Windows 9, or even the rumored service pack to Window 8; Microsoft has a propensity to abandon the promises made to users of previous versions of Windows and they will likely do it to current users as well. When Vista came out, Microsoft promised the users who upgraded or bought the Ultimate version, there would be uploadable programs and/or games on a regular basis; that never materialized. Windows 7 was barely 2 years old, and long time businesses that have had Windows XP were starting to upgrade their computers to Windows 7, Microsoft announces Win 8. Apple doesn't even come out with an operating system every 2 years, Microsoft has an excellent Windows 7 operating system, they should be embellishing that, let Windows 8 be used on equipment it was intended for and that is the touch screen and tablet devices. The blandness of Windows 8 features is a example that Microsoft is not focusing attention on the user, they even have the audacity to charge via a Microsoft exchange for apps. I am sticking with Windows 7 and my next upgrade will be converting to 64 bit.
|Comment #11 by: Darrell on 15 Apr 2013, 01:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
These people never fail to impress me with their stupidity. Now the reason Windows 8 fails is because of Windows 9. Hey college educated moron, let me let you in on a secret. Windows 8 fails because it sucks. No one wants your metro B.S.. You can put lipstick (Windows 8.1) on a pig (Windows 8) and guess what, ya still got a pig. People know what they want much better than Microsoft does. Hey Microsoft, it's not great just because you say it is.
|Comment #12 by: BW022 on 22 Apr 2013, 20:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It is far more than the start button. Microsoft has to prove that real applications can run in Metro. So far... every Metro app is inferior to any desktop app from ten years ago. Mail vs. Outlook, Music vs. Media Player, IE Metro vs. IE desktop, etc. let alone Office, Photoshop, QuickBooks, etc. which will never run under Metro. Metro apps are all dumbed down to a low information density, hidden command, etc.
If Microsoft can't show real applications running in Metro... PC users will just stay in the desktop and the UI is just unneeded junk (as it is now for most users). If Microsoft can proof that home and tablet users don't need that power... Apple and Android wins.
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