Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 11:23 UTC
Windows And there we are - the Surface Pro reviews are in. Reading through them all, there's clearly a common theme, and it's not particularly positive. We're a few months in now, so I think we can finally call it: Windows 8 and Surface are the wrong way to go.
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I am a firm believer in logic and understanding: If you look and can truly understand a thing then you can see where it will do good and where it will not so lets try that right now:

What IS Windows, what causes people to buy this product over other products? This is quite simple it is OLD SOFTWARE that drives sales of Windows, everyone from businesses to your grandma has some Windows software they want to run and THAT is why they buy Windows. They don't buy it for the brand, they don't buy it to only run the software it comes with like a lot of cellphones end up doing, they buy Windows because they have software they need to run and Windows has (more or less) been backwards compatible for eons.

When you look and understand this its obvious why Win 8 and Surface will fail, all that software wasn't written for touch or a hybrid UI and frankly doesn't run well AT ALL in such an environment. I'm sure everyone saw the little cartoon I posted by a tech writer who tried win 8 and couldn't find how to do basic tasks like "How to make a recovery disc" and actually had to use a Win 7 PC to Google how to do things with his Win 8 PC, this is because there is almost NO context or clues given to the user, you are supposed to "know" the commands and terms which most just won't. Hell I even had this problem, the "charms bar" WTF? Its a sidebar, looks like a sidebar, is in the place both Vista and Win 7 put the sidebar/gadgets by default, so how am I supposed to know ctrl+C brings this up?

At the end of the day it can do nothing but fail as it ignores the entire purpose of Windows, which is to get out of your way and let you run your third party software. Hell look at how many are perfectly happy with XP, they don't care that its dated it gets out of their way and lets them run the software they care about so its just fine to them. Until MSFT stops aping Apple and takes a page from IBM and sells services and support for what is a mature product instead of trying to become "hip and cool" then all we'll see is fail fail fail.

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It's not so simple, never was... a lot of people grab Windows because that's what comes with their new laptop (and nothing bad with that, really; they are mostly happy that way). Also, nowadays many people use their PC mostly for www, plus some general needs (like media player or IM) covered by generic software.

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