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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by osvil on Tue 11th Feb 2014 11:16 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: this is what is happening:"
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This reminds the time I met a friend that had her monitor upside-down. She was not very computer literate.

The problem was that one day she hit the right mouse button by accident and it seems she selected "rotate display by 180ยบ" (this is my hypothesis). She didn't know what happened, and the only solution she could think of to be able to get her job done was physical rotation of the monitor to fit the virtual rotation ;) .

Why should a rotate display option be in the context menu of the desktop is beyond my reasoning. But to be fair, I think that's not standard windows, but the package that came with the video card drivers.

Things being configurable is not bad. What is *bad* is things being configurable and that configurability being a mess. IMO Windows is a complete mess with regard to how the configuration is made. Windows 8 made things *worse*, at least that was my feel when I tried it in a virtual machine (because of work, btw) as it added just another place where a given configuration option can be hidden.

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