Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 23:07 UTC
Windows "A senior Samsung Electronics executive said Friday the launch of Windows 8 has failed to bolster demand for PCs and he does not expect the PC industry to rebound soon." Of course, Samsung and other OEMs could've, you know, built better computers. Just a suggestion.
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This is bad.
by Nelson on Fri 8th Mar 2013 23:27 UTC
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This bodes very badly for Windows 8, and the situation is quickly running off of the rails.

Microsoft has slashed the prices of the Windows 8 licenses to create an incentive for lower prices across the product range.

They also made a comparison to Windows Vista, which I think is fair. Vista launched with problems (different problems, mind you, but problems) which hindered its reception (relative to Windows sales, it still sold a ton) but what happened with Vista was quite peculiar, and I think maybe be repeated by Windows 8 (but maybe not, see below)

Vista launched with performance, stability, and architectural deficiencies that took forever to get fixed. By the time the kinks in Vista were ironed out, Windows 7 was already being whispered about in tech circles.

It just never caught on because 7 came out and fixed all the problems, had the shiny object effect, and as a result had a great reception.

Windows 8 is a true paradigm change in that the way computers are sold is changing, the experiences people expect, the hardware people want. The market is different.

Windows 8 suffers from a serial lack of seriousness from OEMs. If there ever was a case for Microsoft to go (slightly more) vertical it's the terrible showing OEMs have had with their gear.

It is egregious the shortage of touch screen Windows 8 devices that were available at launch. I walked into Best Buy and saw devices that basically looked like they took the Windows 7 sticker off of them, slapped a Windows 8 sticker on, and sold it with Windows 8.

However, not all the blame is to go on OEMs. Microsoft royally f--ked up here too:

1. They completely screwed up the trackpad experience. Why isn't there a reference implementation of this? Why does every OEM have to implement gestures in the trackpad on their own?

Some laptops scroll by swiping side to side, some up and down (wtf?) and some scroll in opposite directions. Its madness. Who the hell wants that?

2. They seriously f--ked up the Windows RT messaging. Its useless. Kill Windows RT for 10 inch devices. Bring it back for Windows Blue when you hit the rumored 7 inch screens.

At the screen size, people don't care about running desktop apps anyway so RT is a natural fit. Plus it gives SoC vendors more time to get their firmwares up to snuff.

Intel is more than good enough for Microsoft's entire range (GPUs are lacking, yeah, but its really not that big of a deal. I'm ignorant on how well AMD fares here, so if someone knows, feel free to comment)

3. They position Windows 8 as a transitional release, but don't really do transitional things. Why can't I pin Metro apps to my taskbar?

Why can't Win32 apps take advantage of the new XAML stack? Why are some parts of XAML very rough when it comes to Mouse and Keyboard support?

And, why the hell can't people compile their own ARM based ports on Windows RT? What's the reasoning behind it, other than purposely creating friction?

If it kills battery life then make it a toggle. Android hides non-Market apps behind a toggle. It works fine for them.

4. Boneheaded decisions in Metro.

A 30 second intro video to the f--king charms bar isn't going to cut it. Hot corners are a stupid idea. I'm not sure why they're even visible on the desktop. They don't do anything.

And for f--ks sake, just allow boot to desktop behind a toggle. Get people to shut up about this already.

5. If you're going to alienate and piss off OEMs by launching Surface, then make it more than a half hearted effort.

Either rapidly ramp up your retail footprint with Microsoft Stores, sell them in every place traditional OEMs are sold at, or a combination of both.

Get serious about Surface, or kill it. Don't try to play both sides of the coin.

How Windows 8 might not be like Vista

If Microsoft can in the short term fix their messaging and point of sale issues AND implement sensible improvements to Windows Blue and get it out by October, they could avoid a lot of the stigma associated with Vista.

Edited 2013-03-08 23:30 UTC

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