Intel CEO: There is an "adoption curve" to using Windows 8

Windows 8 is definitely the single biggest change in Microsoft's family of Windows operating systems since Windows 1.0 first launched. The Modern UI and the touchscreen emphasis can take a while for some to get used to compared to the keyboard-mouse desktop interface.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini admitted on Tuesday that it took him some time to learn Windows 8. Otellini, who will be retiring from Intel in May, talked about his experiences with Windows 8 as part of Intel's quarterly conference call with financial analysts.

CNet.com reports that Otellini recently started using Windows 8 with a touchscreen PC, saying, "It is a better Windows than Windows 7 in the desktop mode when you implement touch." He then added, "There is an adoption curve. And once you get over that adoption curve I don't think you go back. We didn't quite have that same kind of adoption curve in Windows 7...[Windows 8] requires a little bit of training."

Intel needs Windows 8 to succeed in order to sell processors inside Windows 8-based PCs. Earlier during the conference call, Otellini said he expects that Windows 8-based touchscreen notebooks will be priced down to as low as $200 when Intel launches its Atom-based "Bay Trail" processor late in 2013.

Source: CNet

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MS is one of the company who I know takes one step forward and two step backward. They had spent so much time in developing and promoting Aero which was nice feature indeed but in a hope to get in tablet market they scrapped the whole work. We got this flat, tasteless windows 8 tablet abomination which is nothing but a crap fill of metro stuff. Why don't MS give user an option to either install metro or to skip it completely and bring features which user can choose to keep such as Aero and classic desktop rather than forcing this crap metro on all users. Many Metro supporters say, you don't have to use metro if you don't need it or click on desktop. Now why do we need to do that. Why don't MS gives user a choice which is best for user. If someone wants metro then give them the option to install it during windows 8 installation and if someone does not need metro then give user an option to skip it during installation. MS unification concept is hugely flawed and they will keep bleeding money if they don't take corrective action to stop this madness and provide things which customer wants rather than what they want. Customer satisfaction is what makes one company to succeed in competition and MS can not run its monopoly forever. There has been so many mighty companies in the past who got arrogant and thought they can dictate customers and do things on their own way such as IBM pc and their demise is what history tells us. It might seem to be not imminent in short term but accelerated erosion of the market share which any company should fear. MS if you are taking note, which I know you don't, then think about your customers first, play with your strength rather than going in opposite direction and **** off your customers.

Silly me, and here I thought it was a "learning curve."
Funny also that it "requires a bit of training."
I wonder if Microsoft is gonna splurge for that training, or if the user is on the hook for it.
Perhaps if they had training videos for Windows 6.2.. I mean 8, on their website, it might make things just a little better.

Rocco Rizzo said
Silly me, and here I thought it was a "learning curve."
Funny also that it "requires a bit of training."
I wonder if Microsoft is gonna splurge for that training, or if the user is on the hook for it.
Perhaps if they had training videos for Windows 6.2.. I mean 8, on their website, it might make things just a little better.
Agreed. I love Windows 8, but for the average user, it could be a lot to take in. If that had made it easier to make the transition from past versions to now, it would help them a lot. When you think about it, Microsoft gave out a lot of help for Windows 95. Not so much with Windows 8 though. Now it's more like "figure it out on your own".

Massive learning curve. After 1.5 years since early beta I've used it daily and still get lost trying to do stupid tasks like switch users or reboot. Task switching, just simple things like finding options or how to do basic tasks are daily complaints now.

We as beta testers complained until we were blue in the face that this was a major issue and they had to educate the user but all we got is that lame video at first login which most the time isn't even the end user it's me! This has been a major blunder by MS!

I agree with vcfan. It's exactly why Windows 8 exist. You have to look at it this way. Windows 8 is a huge leap for Windows. Now the desktop is just an app, one could use it or not depending on preference. In the big scheme of things, the desktop is minimal. I have a Surface RT, I rarely use the desktop on that device. I also have a Desktop, I use it sometimes, but as more features are added to the modern UI, I can do pretty much everything I want on the modern UI. The only reason I use the desktop is because I don't have a touch monitor. As soon as all PCs include touch, the desktop will be obsolete. That doesn't mean you loose the things you like about the desktop, they just get added to the Modern UI and implemented in better ways that makes the desktop no longer as an attractive option. In the mean time, use what you love. Desktop or not and stop hating on Microsoft and Windows 8, at least they're giving you what you really need both version, desktop and Modern. Here's a good example: people never complain about android when they added a keyboard and mouse to their transformer tablets. That thing was pointless to use as a laptop replacement and yet people bought it like crazy.
Now look at Surface, a UI that makes sense, and hardware that fits perfectly. I know Microsoft got it right with these products. It's about choice, use what you like, touch or no touch, keyboard or not it all works. You can't have those options on an iPad or any Android tablet.
So in the end a true Windows Device (Surface and Touch PCs) Win. They give you choice. if you don't like a touch device and don't want to learn something new, there's still windows 7 available. Microsoft still sell those, they wouldn't dumb enough to discontinue it. They know people like some you would behave this way and so there's a Win Win for all of us and MS.

Sorry guys,but the drop in pcs is exactly why windows 8 exists,people are dumping the desktop. And the PC drop is traditional pcs,not windows based devices.

It's kinda funny that the haters are the first ones to read the post and comment... if it is so bad why bother and follow?!

PCAVV said,
It's kinda funny that the haters are the first ones to read the post and comment... if it is so bad why bother and follow?!

It is funny that you feel the need to label someone who does not share your opinion as a hater...

Im just tired of ppl saying the same time after time... i'm not complaining about opinions, i believe on free speech. Just that most of the complains don't even make sense or go to and extreme of labeling a product as failure or bad when sometimes is very noticeable that the person doesn't have a proper knowledge of the subject or the product.
I'm not trying to defend MS or W8, none is perfect, but there is still nothing out there that matches W8.

One thing is when you express your opinion saying that you like or dislike the full screen start menu, or a feature, or whatever, other is when you announce that a product is a failure because you don't agree or dislike such feature.

For me the start screen full screen or not doesn't really bother me because i barely use it when in desktop mode, 98% on time in my case. Also the system responds so well moving from Modern UI to desktop that isn't really a problem... but i like to have the modern UI available... for instance i use Skype desktop for business, but if i'm at home relaxed talking to my mother, that is far away in a different country, i like to do it on the Modern UI, full Screen, clean, nothing in the way...
I also like the idea of the windows store, I don't need to go around trying to figure where to find an app or if i can trust it or not... windows store its just there...
Is there room for improvements? off course is the first release of the modern UI. We can see with the previews of windows blue that they are trying to fix the shortcomings of W8, will they fix everything? Off course they wont..

Everybody knows that PC sales are getting slower, but that's not 100% related to OS, but with the quality of current systems and form factor, this should be accepted by everyone in the industry by now and shouldn't be used by ppl to misguide others.
Also most of brands still sell W7 systems, so in a sense this shouldn't affect sales.

It's interesting how hard Microsoft and some of its partners are working at trying to convince us that Windows 8 is a good OS. The thing of it is, the harder they try, the more desperate they look.

The sales numbers for PCs speak for themselves. There are some great features in Windows 8, but for whatever reason, it hasn't taken off. At least on the desktop end of things. Some folks here may choose to live in denial, but it's hard to argue with a 14% drop.

Either Microsoft sees the end of the desktop PC era and making the switch to a touch interface will be regarded as a stroke of genius in the history books, or Windows 8 is a colossal blunder by a company struggling to remain relevant.

Time will tell.

Edited by COKid, Apr 17 2013, 4:34pm :

From the article "Intel needs Windows 8 to succeed in order to sell processors inside Windows 8-based PCs."
Windows 8 has already been declared a complete and total failure for well over a month now, instead of wasting time and money waiting on some magic trick they should be concentrating their efforts on something else, something that makes sense.
All this effort wasted on a failed os will only drive prices up for the consumer.

do you have any idea of what you are talking about? i'm so tired of you ppl... if you can't help get out... go read a book... something that opens your mind.

You ppl remind me of that guy that is on your ear, bugging you while you try to do something, and try to tell you how to do your job, but has no idea what he is talking about just heard somewhere something about it, but thinks that is an expert...

PCAVV said,
do you have any idea of what you are talking about? i'm so tired of you ppl... if you can't help get out... go read a book... something that opens your mind.

You ppl remind me of that guy that is on your ear, bugging you while you try to do something, and try to tell you how to do your job, but has no idea what he is talking about just heard somewhere something about it, but thinks that is an expert...


It is all subjective: someone could apply the same exact analogies you used to people sharing your opinion.
It is beyond my understanding why, nowadays, it is so difficult to accept the fact that different people can have diametrically opposite opinions on a subject.

Personally, I love the new start screen and how it functions with its roomy flexibility , but ms should just bring an optional start menu back for windows 8 users who want it back. At least for desktop users anyways and should make those reluctant to switch to windows 8 to make the jump. I mean....what harm is it going to do?

I don't know. You see comments on the forums and comment section and you think you're talking to someone who just accepts what they're given and defends it to the death and that options are the devil.