muggerfugger, on 23 November 2012 - 15:31, said:
Windows 7 sold because it's a desktop os which people want and is what windows tradtionally was.
Windows 8 is a tablet OS, and people just arent crazy about it. Thats the reality of it.
Microsoft lost their gamble, and ****ed off many loyal customers that wanted a desktop OS.
But people do want it. Bad. MS has to deal with the Desktop environment for legacy. They can't abandon it, though I'm sure they'd like to. It would be easier. The Pro should do quite well as a laptop alternative.
The real problem? Take the great Surface ads, well made, quite colorful, but what are they selling? The hardware, the clicking keyboard. They don't show the people actually doing anything that says, I gotta have one of these. MS themselves could have ported all MS Studios XBLA games. I'd be going nuts for Lode Runner or Geometry wars on my Surface. Didn't happen. They didn't even get Minesweeper and Solitaire over let alone anything else. There isn't even Angry Birds regular. There's the costly Star Wars and Space versions. But what where's the de facto, obligatory Angry Birds everyone is used to?
Another great ad for Windows 8, the express yourself add using the sanitized cover of NWA's express yourself. Love it. What are they selling? Fresh Paint? Great app but, total paradigm shift, cutting edge hardware, MS is finally getting it right in the tablet space, and your big time TV ads are selling the type cover click and Fresh Paint? No one else sees that as an indication Microsoft just doesn't have it together internally right now?
Office 2013 isn't even a Modern App. And it's so good, one would have to ask, why should it be? And we're back to, why do I need Windows 8 again? Oh, for a tablet for which there are not compelling apps yet. It think because Tablets use applets, MS just doesn't want to bother helping small devs with small profits, deliver high quality apps. Mistake IMO. The dev of my #1 app, a health and fitness app, is porting to Surface and WP8, but they told me it will take months. Well, I'm back to iPad just for that app until then. I would go back to my iPhone but it was stolen from the gym yesterday. So I'm stuck having to go to the Lumia 920, while nice, no app.
Nothing wrong with the hardware or Windows 8. There's something wrong with the apps and/or lack thereof, and to me, Microsoft just seems out of touch with this new generation of digital consumers, out of touch with it's own internal team members, and lacking clear leadership.
Regarding the desktop environment, you do know Explorer is just a shell app in Win 7? So clicking the desktop tile isn't really that big of a deal and apps run a tad bit better. The only thing missing is the Start Menu, and yeah, I prefer it to pinning and going to the Start Page, and Start Menu search beats Win 8 search hands down. But the performance and stability are so good, I deal with it.
Cloud sync is great between desktop and Surface, and Metro Apps can use it as well. The desktop environment is actually the most polished part of Windows 8.
It's funny, for desktop only users, I highly recommend the upgrade. For those going for Tablets, I actually do not. Not consumers. They have to get more apps and get the whole Music App and ecosystem fixed and finished.
Technical people should not hesitate though, at least that's how I see it.