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Posted 16 April 2013 - 21:47

Calling the latest operating system a “failure” and Microsoft’s leaders “idiots,” a top tech website has proclaimed the PC era over. Windows is coming to a dead end, they say.

PC shipments collapsed in the last quarter by almost 14 percent, analysts with IDC said last week, marking the biggest drop in sales since the firm started tracking them 19 years ago. The problem, said ZDNet’s well respected Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, isn’t the designs from the likes of HP and Dell or the size of consumer’s wallets. It’s Microsoft.

“Look at the numbers: Metro-interface operating systems have already failed,” Vaughn-Nichols wrote in an essay on the site. “Microsoft is betting all its chips on the silly notion that Metro will be the one true interface for its entire PC and device line.”

While Vaugh-Nichols is clearly opinionated, his perspective was supported by IDC analyst Jay Chou, who told The Wall Street Journal a similar story last week: “The reaction to Windows 8 is real.”

Windows 8, released Oct. 25, 2012, transformed the traditional computer interface to reflect a growing dependence on tablet computers and touch interface. It wraps the “desktop” metaphor that most people have grown comfortable in a blanket of multicolored tiles that shift and twinkle, revealing bits of information and inviting the user to poke at them.

The problem: the vast majority of laptop and desktop users have no way to poke. Most users will find this new interface language as shocking (and hard to work with) as a bucket of cold water the face.

Vaugh-Nichols argued that users have responded to an operating system they simply don’t want by not buying PCs, turning instead to tablets. And Windows 8 tablets have yet to catch on in the market.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 21:51

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ZDNet’s well respected Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 21:52

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 21:57

I think Windows 8 is a failure, but even I agree SJVN is an idiot.

Well, maybe not so much an idiot as a well-established clickbait author in the same vein as Dvorak.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:01

It wraps the “desktop” metaphor that most people have grown comfortable in a blanket of multicolored tiles that shift and twinkle, revealing bits of information and inviting the user to poke at them.

The problem: the vast majority of laptop and desktop users have no way to poke. Most users will find this new interface language as shocking (and hard to work with) as a bucket of cold water the face.


He's right. For a year and a half I keep poking my non-touch monitor and nothing happens... I haven't tried the mouse or kb yet, maybe next year.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:05

Agree with everything he says except that Windows is coming to a dead end. Microsoft is tentatively listening to criticism with a Search overhaul and now rumors of booting to desktop and at least the return of the Start "button."

Even die-hard pro-Metro users denying its flaws quickly do an about face when MS indicates it may fix these weaknesses. If they indeed implement these things and back-off a bit, giving Modern UI apps a chance to be developed (including the crappy core apps in Windows 8), there's plenty of time to turn this around.

There's nothing wrong with the Windows 8 Desktop Environment. For many, forcing much of the Modern UI on them (Start Page, Hot Corners, Modern UI full-screen tablet-centric search) is the problem. Freeing them from that by giving them an option to use a familiar and preferred UI/UX will buy them time and please users.

While Microsoft's leaders are not "idiots," after all, they're pulling down huge salaries for doing a poor job on the biggest stage in technology, they are ineffective and out of touch, and should be fired for how the whole Windows 8 product line has been executed.

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The worst thing for MS that may come of this, is many will realize the benefits of a heterogeneous computing environment and the dangers of allowing Microsoft to solely control so much of the enterprise and information worker productivity. Whether they fix this Windows 8 fiasco or not, many will not forget how they were at the mercy of Microsoft's self-serving corporate whims. Additionally, I'm sure many have lost confidence in the decision-making abilities and trust in Microsoft and its management.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:07

desktop and notebook pc sales are declining,and have been for awhile even with windows 7, because people are moving to slim and touch devices, yet windows 8 is made for touch and slim devices, but lets blame windows 8 for soft desktop and clunky notebook sales because "m$ is the devil" likes it 1996 again. If anything,Microsoft is extending the life of the desktop before the market kills it first.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:08

He's right. For a year and a half I keep poking my non-touch monitor and nothing happens... I haven't tried the mouse or kb yet, maybe next year.


lol, in all seriousness, when clumsily navigating the Start Page on a non-touch laptop with trackpad, I have reached out to swipe the screen. (Own a Surface RT, and Surface Pro still in box in the office.)

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:14

lol, in all seriousness, when clumsily navigating the Start Page on a non-touch laptop with trackpad, I have reached out to swipe the screen. (Own a Surface RT, and Surface Pro still in box in the office.)


My mom's HP Envy has an awesome trackpad with integrated W8 touch gestures. She's 57 and loves it. It's her first comp, and she's only ever used XP at work.

Maybe time to upgrade to a laptop that supports W8, or use a mobile mouse.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:14

desktop and notebook pc sales are declining,and have been for awhile even with windows 7, because people are moving to slim and touch devices, yet windows 8 is made for touch and slim devices, but lets blame windows 8 for soft desktop and clunky notebook sales because "m$ is the devil" likes it 1996 again. If anything,Microsoft is extending the life of the desktop before the market kills it first.

If the pc sales are declining , it doesn't mean they will disappear.
A regular pc is still a strong tool for business.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:19

My mom's HP Envy has an awesome trackpad with integrated W8 touch gestures. She's 57 and loves it. It's her first comp, and she's only ever used XP at work.

Maybe time to upgrade to a laptop that supports W8, or use a mobile mouse.


hahaha, the Laptop doesn't need an upgrade. Dell L501x, Core i5, 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3, Corsair Force GT 240 SSD, JBL Sound w/Subwoofer, USB 3.0, Bluetooth. Nothing's wrong with the hardware. Having to carry a mobile mouse is a drag. I don't even like carrying a laptop, now I "need" peripherals. Hopefully Blue will improve gestures for all modern hardware. I'll get a new OS before I get new hardware ;>

Edit: Forgot, HDMI, Display Port, Blu-ray, integrated Webcam (Lync baby), Geforce 420M

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:19

How many people do you know without a PC? it's not as if you need a new PC to browse facebook and watch porn, even a cheap PC will have an I7 and be more than enough for what the average user needs it for.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:22

hahaha, the Laptop doesn't need an upgrade. Dell L501x, Core i5, 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3, Corsair Force GT 240 SSD, JBL Sound w/Subwoofer, USB 3.0, Bluetooth. Nothing's wrong with the hardware. Having to carry a mobile mouse is a drag. I don't even like carrying a laptop, now I "need" peripherals. Hopefully Blue will improve gestures for all modern hardware. I'll get a new OS before I get new hardware ;>


Ohhh, sorry. What I took from your post was that the laptop had a trackpad that made using W8 clumsy enough that you actually wanted to try using the non-touch screen.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:26

I just read comment on reddit that sums up microsoft and windows 8


I've long maintained that Microsoft's approach with Windows 8 is that of a cargo cult. [http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Cargo_cult] They see Apple's success and are insanely jealous of it, but all they are able to comprehend are the symptoms, not the causes. Thus they butcher the desktop by forcing a smartphone and tablet-based design onto workstations, then attack the UI with a minimalist design ethos that lacks the balance and wisdom necessary to make it usable as well.Then their marketing division swings into action to tell us that this desktop bastardization is actually perfect for both casual consumers and power users, when in reality it fails to be appropriate for either of those demographics.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 22:26

Ohhh, sorry. What I took from your post was that the laptop had a trackpad that made using W8 clumsy enough that you actually wanted to try using the non-touch screen.


Essentially yes, but only because of habit from using the Surface RT. I don't spend that much time on the Start Page. But it does highlight that the two environments don't exactly compliment each other in non-touch environments.