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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their overall vision is correct.
by graig on Tue 11th Feb 2014 06:15 UTC
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their biggest mistake was to visibly join both metro and windows immediately.

they should have got people to love metro FIRST, and then join it fully later.

i don't think that windows 8 is a mistake.

i think their vision of computing is the correct one.

i have a macbook pro right now. but i would love it if it was just a screen that i could stick into my backpack and either use bluetooth keyboards or an on screen keyboard. apple doesn't make a mac like that, only their tablet. microsofts surface is a very cool product. they just need to continue to focus on making it cooler. in a couple of years a surface tablet will have more power than you can get in a gaming console. heck you'll just take a computer like that with you.

Eventually people are going to want a more full featured computer/tablet. and that's where microsofts vision makes the most sense.

i think that laptops will become less popular, and tablets will become more popular. i use my iPad way more than my laptop now. the laptop is heavy. the only time i really use it now is when i need to do some real photo editing.

like it or not in 10 years hardly anyone is going to have desktop computers. children won't even know what a mouse is. Track pads and maybe even keyboards will be a thing of the past. Touch screens are the future of interfacing with computers. it happened to phones. it's now happening to laptops and desktops. This will eventually destroy everything that doesn't have a touch screen. I think apple will eventually see this and release a touchscreen tablet mac. The next computer i buy will have a touch screen.

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