Skip to comments.Microsoft's big bet: Windows 8's 'too many cooks' problem
Posted on 05/22/2012 8:18:52 AM PDT by illiac
Summary: Windows 8 has already had too many hands in the mix and spoons in the pot. Microsoft wanted different and its staff all thought different. Instead of reaching compromise, Microsoft put everything in to please everyone but will likely please very few.
Microsoft has only a few months before it releases Windows 8, probably in or around October in time for Christmas holiday sales.
The company knows full well how risky the new design, the user interface, and the decisions it has made will be controversial. In a recent blog post, Windows president Steven Sinofsky opened by explaining the context in which Windows 8 will fall in to.
Microsoft wanted Windows 8 to be different and its developers and staff all thought about what different could mean. Instead of reaching compromise and a general consensus, Microsoft seemed to put everything in to please everyone but combined, the changes will likely please very few.
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I tried it on a desktop and a laptop ,it’s just a headache
No thanks; I’ll stay with Win-7 Pro for the foreseeable future. It’s stable, it works and Win-8 sucks pondwater, in its current configurational mess, as far as I can see.
What is MS up to with their skip a generation bad OSs? It’s almost like they plan bad ones like Windows ME and Vista. Looks like waiting for Win 9 would be the best bet and in the future skip every other new one.
I’m a sysadmin for a small company.
Frankly, I’m sick and tired of Microsoft changing the interface purely for change’s sake.
Office 2007 was a disaster. Hours of confusion and retraining because MS decided to move everything around for no good reason. Years of user familiarity with those programs suddenly of little value.
Now they want to radically change the OS? Why?
I don’t want to be impressed or wow’ed by the OS. I just want it to provide a reliable platform to run our apps.
For most business, computers aren’t cute little toys we use for entertainment. They’re valuable tools we rely on to conduct our business. From the looks of Win8, I can’t see a reason to recommend moving to this platform. The user retraining and lost productivity will cost far more than the upgrade cost. And what’s the benefit, other than eventually being forced by MS to upgrade?
We’ve looked at Linux on the desktop in the past, but never pursued it because changing the user environment that radically wasn’t worth the cost. Windows 8 seems to make Linux much more attractive.
I downloaded and installed the Win 8 Consumer Preview. So far, I’m not impressed - the “Metro” Apps screen is as ugly as sin (red orange and green squares on a purple background)
And navigating around the environment will give you fits.
Microsoft wanted a “Smartphone” look and feel to the deskotp experience. Sorry, but I’m not sold on it. If they release it in its current iteration, I believe it will be a disaster.
I am still working on converting to Windows 7.
We had to test over 16,000 applications and get them working and packaged on Windows 7, and some of them have caused a lot of trouble. Users continue to come up with new problems every day.
Sounds like it may be a Vista Redux.
I finally bought a Win7 laptop and desktop in late 2011 for home use. I lost a few programs due to incompatibility and lost the use of a laser printer because neither MS nor the mfg updated the drivers. Otherwise, Win7 is okay, with some irritating and aggravating features. I managed to install some old XP stuff and finagled them into working under Win7. The only real advantages I have found with Win7 are the easy networking between the laptop and desktop and the extended memory capability.
I have no intention of trying Win8 and hope Win7 works for a long, long time.
I loathe, dispise, and spit upon Microsoft - having suffered from their junk since they first spawned their ill-conceived junk on the unsuspecting public.
However, I (have to) use Windows 7 at work, and it’s actually not bad.
I’ll never knowingly purchase their stuff for my home, though. It’s Apple for the wife and I.
If my experience with Windows is any indication, it is this — DON’T BUY THE NEXT VERSION OF WINDOWS UNTIL A YEAR AFTER ALL REVIEWS ARE IN.
Luckily, I bypassed Windows 95 and Windows Vista and waited a year after Windows 7 came out before buying it.
This will be the case for the OS that tries to be everything to every one — Windows 8. I’ll wait for Windows 9 perhaps.
My thoughts as well.....I don’t want a windows iphone interface on my desktop....just give me an OS that works....
RE: I loathe, dispise, and spit upon Microsoft - having suffered from their junk since they first spawned their ill-conceived junk on the unsuspecting public.
So, Since Microsoft is universally hated and Apple universally loved, the obvious question is this -— when is Apple’s operating system going to capture nearly 90% of the market the way Windows did?
It's Über Bloatware.
The most bloated thing Microsoft has ever attempted.
And THAT ladies and gentlemen is a VERY HIGH bar!
Still running Windows XP here. Don’t see the point of subsequent changes. The obvious upgrade path from here is to OS X Mountain Lion.
Do you know of any way to restore the classic interface to Orifice 2007?
>> Frankly, Im sick and tired of Microsoft changing the interface purely for changes sake.
You mean like IE9? Buttons that were on the left are now on the right &etc. No new functionality, no new benefit, just change for change’s sake. Makes me a little MORE insane than I already was.
“Microsoft wanted different....”
Why, for the love of God, why? If it ain’t broke DON’T FIX IT.
I like Windows 7, although I had some problems with it until the release of SP-1. But it looks like Windows 8 is going to be the worst loser yet. Too bad.
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