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Posted 08 May 2013 - 23:11
Posted 08 May 2013 - 23:25
Posted 08 May 2013 - 23:30
Yet do Start Menu replacements show that desktop users ARE willing to purchase an alternative UI. Is the problem therefore then, despite years of opportunity to develop their OSes and applications, the fact that millions still wait for Windows 8 to be fixed or remain with Windows 7 an indictment of OS X and Linux?
Posted 08 May 2013 - 23:36
Sure they do, assuming for the sake of argument that a previous build of Windows or another OS isn't an option, which obviously isn't true. If the start screen bothers them that badly there's a number of replacements they can put on instead, some free, some paid. You can even get the actual Windows 7 shell in seconds right off the Windows 7 ISO if you so desired. "Problem" solved. Yea, change can suck sometimes, but it's not like you're stuck with it, and they can't possibly cater to everybody. It's just an out of the box default... it's not like you're forced to use it and they'll cut you off if you don't want to. (Nothing new.. you could change this since the last century...) Some people ranted on about Vista and 7's start menu, should have stuck with XP's menu. There's even a few that lamented the loss of the 9x/2K style. Honestly wouldn't surprise me to see somebody wanting Program Manager back. So should Microsoft be crucified for not giving all these options out of the box?
Yet despite no buzz, lackluster sales, no major applications or games, pitiful Windows RT sales, users have no option other than to wait for Blue or stay with Windows 7.
Just my own opinion of course, but if you're the type who's offended by the start screen, replace it, and then the desktop experience is pretty much identical to 7, along with a few spiffy new features. You never ever have to see a metro application if you so desire. Ok, yea, the default skin is a tad on the fugly/boring side, I won't argue that one, but you can replace that too.
So, what's your take on this perspective? If Windows 8 isn't all that great, how bad does that make everyone else who cannot capitalize?
Posted 08 May 2013 - 23:46
Yet do Start Menu replacements show that desktop users ARE willing to purchase an alternative UI
Posted 08 May 2013 - 23:46
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:08
I should state that I'm skeptical about what the download numbers mean. The Stardock CEO says there have been four million downloads (not purchases, but downloads), but the "Try it free!" link on Stardock's site goes to CNET and that only shows 450,000 downloads. So are we to assume that most average users bought right away rather than try it free first? It makes no sense to me. And why didn't the CEO cite purchases, not downloads? Who knows.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:13
The recent revelation that Start Menu replacements have been downloaded over 8 million times, and the majority of those a paid $5 app is an incredibly high number.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:18
that's a complete fabrication. sales of windows 8 are not even close to lackluster(100 million in 6 months), and there are a bunch of major apps last time I checked.
threads with deliberate misinformation should be closed.
Nobody has sold 8 million copies of anything. Not even close. Like, nowhere near that.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:22
Understood: The recent revelation that Start Menu replacements have been downloaded over 8 million times.
I'm not sure whether or not they are sold are free is "that" relevant to the desire for them. Though the #1 product, Start8, is a $5 product.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:27
I can agree with that - free isn't that relevant. My main point is re-downloads, especially when they have released several beta and non-beta versions over the past year. People are going to upgrade. That's going to seriously inflate the numbers. If you're looking for unique users, this is going to be very misleading.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:30
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:42
with that many people willing to stay put, go back to the future, or whatever you want to call it, have no alternative. 8 million people aren't going to OS X or Linux. Haven't they in fact failed more than Windows 8?
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:43
I like the start screen, if you use it for several months, you will notice its clearly a upgrade from the start menu!
Posted 09 May 2013 - 00:45