Skip to comments.Microsoft’s Windows 8 and 8.1 Gained Ground, And Overall Sales Forecast Looks Good
Posted on 01/07/2014 7:50:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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Windows 8 continues to SUCK even with 8.1 upgrade. I see NO significant improvement other than a version number change.
Way to go Microsoft, you have succeeded in alienating even more of your base.
RE: Way to go Microsoft, you have succeeded in alienating even more of your base.
Then why is Windows 8.1 gaining ground as per this article?
I disagree. I didn’t go to 8 right away, but just moved to 8.1 from 7 and I’m loving it. I know there are plenty of problems with the deploy of 8.1 that the common non-techy will not enjoy. Once you get there and configure it to your liking this system is just as good as Win 7 and blows XP out of the water.
I run a home built machine (as I have for 15+ years) with a Intel i7, 16gb, 240gb SSD, two 512gb RAID 0, discrete graphics and audio. The only incompatibility I had was with an Intel driver.
They added a FAKE start button to Windows 8.1 so that they could say that they put the start button back. But the fake start button is missing just one little thing... the start menu.
Microsoft is putting a stick in the eye of serious desktop users.
Why do you need a Start Button? Just start typing the program name you want... Or is using a mouse to point click, point click better for you?
I like it too.
Meh. I’ve been a sysadmin for 14+ years and I have no issue with 8 or 8.1. You just need to spend a bit of time setting up the start page and then it’s actually faster than the old menu.
Yay Linux! I’ve turned on some of my family elders to Ubuntu. I built my M-I-L an Ubuntu desktop and she absolutely loves it. My grandfather is in the same boat, and he was completely entrenched with XP until he had some serious system issues.
Seriously, people, if you’re still using XP, you NEED to upgrade. You WILL be affected at some point soon. Win7 is an amazing OS and no prone to the BS of Win8. You can still buy Win7 OEM licenses for $99. But then, Ubuntu is free.
That's exactly the problem, no one wants to learn. Except the *ix fellas who demand you learn a whole new O/S...
Win 8 (or 8.1) is a horrible version. It’s opaque, frustrating and not good at all for business users. They wanted the interface to be similar to the Windows phone (touchscreen), wanted to drive everything to the cloud, and completely dumped the business users are who doing more than social media but actually want easily accessible programs that work all the time. MS is also trying to drive Office Suite users to its cloud-based Office 365.
In a lot of ways, MS jumped the gun. I don’t think people are demanding total cloud-based services quite yet, and making everything cloud based at a time when many areas still do not even have stable or sufficient internet service or bandwidth for users to be able to connect reliably or steadily is a mistake. Also, doing away with things in their Office Suite that are still essential for most users (such as the ability of Outlook to get POP based e-mail, something it can no longer do even though the majority of e-mail in this country goes through ISPs that use a POP3 system) is a big mistake. This is particularly true since the users of Windows 8 are generally working at a desktop or a large laptop, using big complex programs, and are not the unemployed Pajama Boy sitting around using a phone or tablet to text his friends about Obamacare in between sending out the occasional selfie.
So MS is now suggesting complicated work-arounds or additional non-MS add-ins that can restore some very basic functionality (the start button, for example), and generally floundering.
It’s a pity. Windows 7 was good, stable, if not very fast, and they shouldn’t have tried to make such a radical change, especially to technologies that are less than developed.
Gone are the days when Microsoft can bully OS competitors out of the market. Linux gaining ground, Chrome will continue with incremental improvements, and Steam is pushing a linux gaming platform.
Home computing will revert to the ‘thin client’ model.
>>Why do you need a Start Button?
That seems to be Microsoft’s attitude in a nutshell.
“We don’t care if you want it. And while you’re wasting your breath explaining to us why you think you need it, that’ll give us time to work on changing your mind to the new thinkspeak method.”
I don’t need a start button. button<>menu
As someone who has a Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Smartphone and Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet-PC, I love Windows 8 and 8.1.
I can do things with my tablet nobody can do with an iPad or Android tablet. I run all my PC software I want. I use One Note to write notes, share files and do far, far more than anyone else.
Windows 8 is a lighter OS that is more stable, boots up faster and gives you the best of all worlds.
The only reason to oppose Windows 8 is to resist learning something new.
Well... I’ve been one for 24 years and I find a touch screen OS on a desktop to be horribly inefficient. And I have no interest in social media, or logging into Microsoft’s servers, or purchasing things from their store.
I’ve now installed Zorin OS on two client’s laptops and they’re very happy with it. Zorin isn’t going to take over the world, but the point is this.... Zorin has a “Look Changer.” The Look Changer lets you change your desktop to look and act like either Windows 7, XP, Vista, Ubuntu Unity, Mac OS X or GNOME 2. They wish to give the customer what the customer wants, which is the type of business that I choose to give my business. I am losing my loyalty to Microsoft in the same way as I have lost my loyalty to the Feds.
I agree with you. I’ve had a w8.1 system for a month. I replaced a 10 year old xp laptop. It takes a little while to learn all the features of the Metro GUI. I.E. you can put shortcuts to desktop programs on the start page.
The only confusing thing for me was there are three ways to play audio. Media player on the start page and the desktop and a Music app on the start page. The Music app is set to be the default player and is tied in to X Box. I was ripping some Christmas CDs and had no idea about the Music App.
Win 8 is Win 7 with improvements that is designed for TOUCH technology. As more tablets come into the market as well as touch tech PCs and laptops win 8 will make further gains. MS did the same thing with Vista which was made for processors that were not yet in widespread use when the OS was released. As a power user at home and at work, I never had any issues with Vista, Win 7 and so far none with Win 8.
“Why do you need a Start Button?”
In business, it’s bad practice to ask your customers “why do you need this feature?”, when all you really need to ask is “do you want this feature?”
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