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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With MS struggling competitively with their OS, look for them to force more anti-competitive mechanisms on users to retain their marketshare. UEFI was just the start.

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Most of the things that make Windows 8 suck are part of that scheme. Ballmer saw Jobs milk his users for 30% of every transaction through the App store, and decided this was the future. Metro is just an attempt to enable an app store for Windows applications. Thankfully, all Metro apps are shit on the desktop (and on laptops for that matter), so that part of the plan seems to have failed.

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Nelson Member since:

Most app stores don't really make that much money, especially relative to their infrastructure costs and transaction expenses / payouts, etc.

It certainly wasn't over 30% of a 1.99 app of which the majority are free.

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