Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Apr 2013 09:31 UTC
Windows "Many PC OEMs are dissatisfied with what Microsoft has done with Windows 8 and the way the company has handled the negative response to the operating system. Privately, one OEM source told me that Microsoft is 'destroying' the PC industry, while another claimed that Windows 8 has 'handed over millions of customers to Apple'. Other OEMs are making their displeasure known publicly. Both Lenovo and Samsung have released Start button replacements for Windows 8." Windows Phone isn't the only thing not catching on. I'm really happy with my Surface RT - warts and all - but there's no denying the response to Windows 8 has been Vista-esque bad.
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by dnebdal on Fri 19th Apr 2013 12:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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And Pigs might fly.

for MS to re-instate basically the Win 7 desktop will be a mega admission of failure on their part. Heads will roll in Redmond.

The rumor is that they'll add boot-to-desktop as an option, disabled by default. If they do the same for the start button/menu, they can talk it down by saying something like "while Windows 8 was mostly a consumer-targeted release, the new Windows 8.1 has value-added features for the business market, such as options to enable certain legacy behaviors to ease transition".

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