Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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RE[5]: Unaddressed
by nt_jerkface on Tue 5th Jun 2012 04:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Unaddressed"
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

.NET is used more often for new software but most in-house is Win32 by inertia. Win32 isn't dead but .NET is certainly more popular for new projects.

Windows 7 polled well early on but the early feedback on Windows 8 is negative.

You and Sinofsky can live in denial but this OS is going to flop. The polls are dead on, Windows 8 sucks. Enterprise is going to be livid when they are asked to pay for this.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1238259/poll-will-you-buy-windows-8/320

This will be worse than Vista.

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RE[6]: Unaddressed
by Nelson on Tue 5th Jun 2012 07:09 in reply to "RE[5]: Unaddressed"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

This will be worse than Vista.


You mean, Vista, that colossal failure? The same OS which sold 20 MILLION copies in its first month?

The same OS which sold 180 MILLION copies in its first year?

The OS with a total install base of 330 MILLION?

Let's keep things in perspective, maybe Vista got some (arguably unfair) bad PR, but a sales failure it was not. At the time, it was Microsoft's fastest selling PC operating system.

I'm sure Windows 8 will be the same.

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RE[7]: Unaddressed
by cyrilleberger on Tue 5th Jun 2012 10:22 in reply to "RE[6]: Unaddressed"
cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

"This will be worse than Vista.


You mean, Vista, that colossal failure? The same OS which sold 20 MILLION copies in its first month?
"

How many of them were forced sales ? A few months after the release of Vista, it was not possible to buy anymore a computer with XP. So people who needed to buy a computer were facing the choice of "not buying a computer" or "buying a computer with Vista". Guess which option they chose ?

They got so much bad PR, that they had to offer people buying a computer with Vista the option to downgrade it to XP.

And as of today, there are still three times more users of XP than Vista (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems).

Also worth to note, W7's retail sales were 234% higher than of Vista
(http://technorati.com/business/article/windows-7-retail-sales-extre...). It shows how much people were interested in W7 in comparison to Vista.

I'm sure Windows 8 will be the same.


That I can agree, Windows 8 will be forced sale upon people when they buy a new computer.

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RE[7]: Unaddressed
by nt_jerkface on Tue 5th Jun 2012 14:23 in reply to "RE[6]: Unaddressed"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I am keeping it in perspective which is that their image was seriously damaged and there were defections to the mac.

There was also the negative perception that lingered even after Vista had been fixed. It didn't matter, consumers had decided that Vista was bad and Microsoft decided to stop trying to convince them otherwise and release Windows 7.

Why risk the same fiasco? For what? Your attitude of "they'll buy it anyways" says a lot about the product itself. I don't see Windows 8 defenders blogging about how much they love having their icons dumped onto a horizontal screen or having their multi-monitor setup gimped. Defenses typically revolve around "getting used to it" which says everything. When the customer doesn't like the meal you don't say "WELL YOU WILL GET USED TO IT". Good Christ you and Sinofsky don't get business as well as a little girl running a lemonade stand.

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