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The Confusing Number "8"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Technical Articles (Views: 3449)
It looks like the jury returned early to discuss Windows 8. Some would argue this is a good thing, others disaster. However, there are a lot of conflicting stories about Windows 8. For example, in the first month, 40 million new licenses were purchased, which was touted heavily by Microsoft. This is a good thing, and actually matches Windows 7 sales in the same period - however Microsoft wasn't giving licenses away for Windows 7at almost nothing prices. People just wanted out of Vista that badly.

There's no doubt that Windows 8 is branded a consumer friendly and focused OS. It was meant to make the OS attractive to the end user, and with the "consumeration of IT", bring Windows 8 into the workplace as Apple did with the iPhone, starting at home. Unfortunately, Windows 8's personalizations, Live ID's and other things, don't promote a business friendly work environment. Sure, the apps look nice, butthe distraction of Live Tiles could be enough to turn a business off. Personally, I think these are misunderstood as they can give you a lot of great data fast.

Now, introduce the IDC, who at first projected a 2.8 percent growth in PC Sales, only to revise that number to a 1.3 percent loss. New PC sales just aren't happening, and consumer spending is still there, however, not for buying computers. There still are a few Windows 7 options out there, and a lot of people are still buying them.

For those who go back past August 24, 1995, Microsoft did the one thing that would change the future of computing forever. Give up? It was the Start button in Windows 95, and a little later in Windows NT 4.0. It lived in our hearts and minds for over 17 years prior to Windows 8. Many people using computers today don't remember DOS, or Program Manager, but they know the start button. This can be a major cause of their grief, we do get set in our ways. In Microsoft's defense, they owed the world something new. What they had worked for many years, but it
just looked like the same old thing, release after release.

In general, I haven't heard a lot of great news about Windows 8 from the average consumer friend that I know that has it. Personally, it's a learning curve, but don't despise it, it has potential (code named "9"). It also has some decent features, but the licensing model (another blog) leaves a lot to be desired.

Perhaps this is the next Vista, the OS that is a transition that gets people so hungry for the next version that they can't wait to get away from it. If we look back at the history of the Windows client OS, every other version by consumers was considered a fail, and Windows 8 is on the fail cycle. Before you give me any grief, perception is reality. If people say it sucked, it did. Personally, I
never had any serious issues with things like Windows 95 or Vista. But, the people spoke.

I'm not sure how much more deliberation will happen here, but if new PC sales don't start picking up, it's going to spell fail for Windows 8. And with the "give me the best and now" market we live in, will this cause people to defect and look at Apple and it's Mac devices? Maybe. I'm guessing the "UI formerly known as Metro" is here to stay. However, if it doesn't become a turn-on to consumers, they could look elsewhere by the next release.


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