Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Feb 2014 00:03 UTC

The reason this happened is that while Sinofsky had the maniacal power and force of will of a Steve Jobs, he lacked Jobs' best gift: An innate understanding of good design. Windows 8 is not well-designed. It's a mess. But Windows 8 is a bigger problem than that. Windows 8 is a disaster in every sense of the word.

This is not open to debate, is not part of some cute imaginary world where everyone's opinion is equally valid or whatever. Windows 8 is a disaster. Period.

Paul Thurrott shares some of his inside information, and it's pretty damning. According to him, Sinofsky's team - even up to his major supporter, Steve Ballmer - were removed from the company after it became clear just much of a disaster Windows 8 was.

I agree with his conclusion: razor-sharp focus on productivity, Windows' number one use. The desktop side of Windows 8.x is pretty good as it is, and has been progressively getting better with every update. I would go one step further than Thurrott. Windows 9 (desktops/laptops) and Windows Metro (tablets/smartphones). These two can still be one product (e.g., connect a keyboard/mouse/monitor to your x86 smartphone and it opens the desktop), but they should be entirely separate environments.

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RE: meh
by acobar on Mon 10th Feb 2014 18:03 UTC in reply to "meh"
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What many people don't seem to understand is that Microsoft's vision for the future of interaction sees the mouse as legacy - and indeed, a combination of touch and stylus truly does suffice to make it so.

And what many do not understand is that touch and keyboard/mouse, even if they have a lot of overlap, are also complementary. Most of us have huge monitors on our desk and keep our head and shoulders more then 60 cm from the monitor to heave a comfortable vision of the screen. It would be a bit pain prone to use our computers for long hours having only "touch" to interact on this condition.

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