Our office is still on XP. I woudn't mind if they moved to Windows 7 but I hope they don't jump all the way to 8. They have done stupider stuff.Windows 8 sales and adoption thus far has been well below MS expectations and projections. This is not surprising because its just a cluster ferk in my opinion. Don't have to worry about this at the office, but I do try to keep up because of family and friends that will at some point get stuck with this crap.
As someone who's spent a good amount of time actually using W8, I appreciate your review. A recent coworker had 8 on his machine and he liked it too, after having a chance to get used to it.I may be in the minority on this board at least, but I use windows 8 on all my personal machines. Once you get used to the fact that the start menu is really now just a start page with scrolling, then you can operate the thing as well or better than when it was Windows 7. Know a couple shortcuts such as search is as simple as typing while looking at the start screen or Winkey+Q for those that prefer to be more deliberate. The OS is faster, uses less battery, and you get all the new apps.
I have gotten others to switch to Windows 8, and with a half hour of showing them some of the cool benefits, they were excited about their computer again. It's not fore everyone, but I think it's for more than people realize. The new apps at least the good ones are pretty cool and convenient.
Enterprises should not migrate to Windows 8 if all their people are trained on XP/Vista/7 because of training considerations. However for the rest of us, we can select what works best for us. A computer that's also a tablet has much appeal to me personally, obviously you prefer to have two devices instead.I disagree with your assessment Manco. The fact is Windows 8 is a huge ass flop. No large companies are going to be dumb enough to move to it. I do know a few smaller companies in my area that were able to get a crap load of copies from Tech Soup and upgrade all their systems. Now their IT guys constant stay busy dealing with the fall out. One in particular actually rolled everyone back to Windows 7 it was such a pain in the ass. Trying to run an operating system with two environment is just dumb! Many in the PC industry blame MS for killing their sales and some companies that had left over PC stock with Windows 7 on it had brisk sales.
You can paint it up and say what you will, but I know very few people that have gone to Windows 8 that say they like it and think it cool. Most of them SAY HOW CAN I GET RID OF THIS SHIT!
I've been using Windows 8 on multiple monitor machine, and I like how you can have the start screen on one, and traditional desktop on the other or desktop on both. It's great for developers in that way if you are a developer.Windows 8 has some cool new things. It has some other things that would be cool with a touch screen but are a bad fit for a mouse. Eventually Microsoft will sort it out and provide options for mice users. That's when I'll upgrade.
I get your point, but the fact is the lets just do it all at once was just absolutely dumb. Progress can be smooth if you plan it correctly and have a very clear direction as to where you want to get. This has always been a problem area for MS.The slow down in PC sales is precisely why Microsoft had to move so aggressively with Windows 8. This trend was happening long before Windows 8 appeared. Progress is not always a smooth transition. Apple is headed where Microsoft is, it appears we agree. So now Microsoft is leading in that regard as they have the solution today. They did the all at once approach, and refine it from there rather than a bit at a time. Nobody would upgrade for a bit at a time in the Microsoft world. They are used to getting the whole thing at once, and having it supported for 10 years or more. Windows 8 is the beginning of the new integrated approach, it will only get better from here. I don't see Microsoft retreating from this approach because otherwise they are stuck with a downward trend in PC sales that is not good for them.
They have had tablets (from manufacturers) since 2000. Problem is they were early to the game and only had those products in the commercial sales channel.I get your point, but the fact is the lets just do it all at once was just absolutely dumb. Progress can be smooth if you plan it correctly and have a very clear direction as to where you want to get. This has always been a problem area for MS.
Now we have to look forward to Windows Blue where they will not totally roll things back, but actually allow a direct to desktop mode where you can totally by-pass the new start up crap. So, YES they are going to retreat in a sense, because the fact is that this dual environment is just not finding much acceptance. One thing they did was failed to recognized that most machines that are out there in use today are not touch screen based.
If they had just been smart and did what they plan to do with Windows Blue from the start that would have been smart.
I would say MS is headed where Apple is, but unfortunately for them they have yet to put out a tablet that has done much more than be a blimp in sales. MS is a leader by history and by virtue on owning the desktop market, which is now in huge decline in favor of tablets for which they have no real solution and thus far none of their partners have been able to break out with anything that is really competing head to head with iOS and Android Tablets. They certainly can't rely on enterprise with this version of Windows in it current state.
So now we wait.. next MS solution Windows Blue!