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(Network World)   Not only has Windows 8 sold at half the speed of Windows 7 over the same time period, Windows 8 sales are trailing off while Windows 7 sales continue to grow   (networkworld.com ) divider line
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1906 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 Dec 2013 at 9:16 AM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-13 09:48:27 AM  
5 votes:

baconbeard: I've warmed up to Windows 8. I think it's pretty damn good.

I think the mistake that Microsoft made is because they themselves are surrounded by smart, tech-savvy people, they assumed their customers were also smart, tech-savvy people, instead of the drooling moronic luddites that they so obviously are.


LOL, are you lording over us your elite hacker skilz at being able to navigate a Windows OS? Are you a wizard?
2013-12-13 12:23:59 PM  
2 votes:

jjwars1: Meh. I still prefer Windows 3.1.


Going from 3.1 to Windows 8 is an almost seamless transition.  Do you use Microsoft BOB overtop of 3.1 and AOL 3.0?  If so, you probably won't know what everyone is complaining about.
betanews.com
2013-12-13 09:32:45 AM  
2 votes:
Heh. The start button issue is hilarious because I remember all the biatching when that thing was introduced with Windows 95... "what the fark, Micro$oft - I gotta hit 'Start' to shut it down?!?"

Heh, good times.
2013-12-13 07:28:03 AM  
2 votes:
I just can't get it through my head to use an OS that reminds me so much of the Leapfrog learning tablet my kids had about 6 or 7 years ago.

i44.tinypic.com
2013-12-13 03:58:55 PM  
1 vote:

Linux_Yes: and windows Linux is kicking ass in everthing except the Desktop market in the good ole' USA.


What the hell is Windows Linux?
2013-12-13 12:51:43 PM  
1 vote:

Pick13: Who ever decided to put METRO on Server 2012 needs to be shot, stabbed in the heart, set on fire, thrown into the bottom of the ocean then, fired from his job.


img.pandawhale.com
2013-12-13 12:50:24 PM  
1 vote:

TuteTibiImperes: doglover:

1. Nobody likes change.


That's what is pretty much boils down to, plus a lot of people thinking that Windows 8 is all metro all the time due to all of the people biatching about it.

MS halted retail sales of Windows 7 in October, and the cutoff for OEMs to ship with it is set for the end of next year, though I think MS would be smart to move that date up.

MacOS or Linux are both much larger changes than moving from 7 to 8, and most people aren't going to be willing to pay the price for Apple hardware to run OSX anyway.

Take away the option to run 7 and most people will go with 8 by default, and realize that it's pretty much the same darn thing as 7 other than the start menu vs start screen from a usability perspective.


Almost everyone i know does the same thing as me which is buy every 2nd version of windows,  98, skip ME, xp, skip vista, win 7, skip 8.

It's not really about being afraid of change, it's more like they put out a good os every second version so why upgrade every time.  Unfortunately with this reasoning I've missed the great os's that  were ME, Vista and 8.....i know horrible right.
2013-12-13 12:43:28 PM  
1 vote:

Dufus: I just can't get it through my head to use an OS that reminds me so much of the Leapfrog learning tablet my kids had about 6 or 7 years ago.


i41.tinypic.com
2013-12-13 12:14:56 PM  
1 vote:
Meh. I still prefer Windows 3.1.
2013-12-13 10:37:33 AM  
1 vote:
I upgraded to 8.1 last week. That was almost as wise a decision as when I told that crack whore to bring her friends with her too, plus that big, burly fella, he looks like a pleasant chap.
2013-12-13 10:32:27 AM  
1 vote:

Mugato: baconbeard: I've warmed up to Windows 8. I think it's pretty damn good.

I think the mistake that Microsoft made is because they themselves are surrounded by smart, tech-savvy people, they assumed their customers were also smart, tech-savvy people, instead of the drooling moronic luddites that they so obviously are.

LOL, are you lording over us your elite hacker skilz at being able to navigate a Windows OS? Are you a wizard?


I am.
2013-12-13 09:40:36 AM  
1 vote:
I haven't read the thread, but are the normal posters here to tell how you can do everything you need to do in Windows 8 just by memorizing the names of all of your programs, learning a bunch of keyboard shortcuts, and then installing a bunch of extra software and spending a few hours configuring the system to not be like Windows 8 anymore?

Have those same people insulted our intelligence, and told us that we just don't want to "learn and grow" as a person because we use Windows 7?
2013-12-13 09:36:55 AM  
1 vote:

baconbeard: I've warmed up to Windows 8. I think it's pretty damn good.

I think the mistake that Microsoft made is because they themselves are surrounded by smart, tech-savvy people, they assumed their customers were also smart, tech-savvy people, instead of the drooling moronic luddites that they so obviously are.


Oh, and here's the perfect example of the kind of person who white knights Windows 8: a smug, self-satisfied asshole who somehow thinks that toughing his way through a badly-designed UI makes him superior to other people.
2013-12-13 09:28:22 AM  
1 vote:
I've warmed up to Windows 8. I think it's pretty damn good.

I think the mistake that Microsoft made is because they themselves are surrounded by smart, tech-savvy people, they assumed their customers were also smart, tech-savvy people, instead of the drooling moronic luddites that they so obviously are.
2013-12-13 09:20:01 AM  
1 vote:
I don't know, I think Windows 7 would be pretty crappy on my tablet. I'll stick with Windows 8.
2013-12-13 09:06:48 AM  
1 vote:
Of course this is anecdotal, but likely a typical experience.

A couple weeks ago I ordered a new gaming laptop (Gigabyte P27) for my son who is serving aboard the USS George Washington.  The laptop came with Windows 8 (not even 8.1).  I figured I'd poke around with Windows 8 and see how it was and save myself time from reloading the OS.  It was VERY slow in comparison to Windows 7.  I ended up reloading the OS to Windows 7.

The issue is not just a lack of familiarity that users may face, it responds slowly in comparison to Windows 7 (even on a very good gaming laptop).  As for me, I won't upgrade until Windows 9.
2013-12-13 06:18:32 AM  
1 vote:
And anyone who didn't waste their time learning how to forget people are people in a post-grad marketing course could tell Balmer WHY Windows 8 is failing.

1. Nobody likes change.
That's why cars have had roughly the same dashboard for nearly a century. The great Gatsby could drive a Lexus no problem. Meanwhile, what with all the power steering and antilock breaks and stuff, you could really have a fly by wire car with a cockpit in the rear of the vehicle using a video game controller and cameras in place of mirrors and it would still work just fine, maybe even better. But you'll never see that, outside of concept cars anyway, because laws were passed to make everything stay the same as long as possible.

2. One size fits all is really one size fits none.
You don't want to drive screws with a hammer, even if the claw fits in the groove. A leatherman can do many things and fits on your belt, but no one chooses the leatherman over the dedicated tool when they have access to the whole toolbox. Making your toolbox INTO a giant leatherman gets everything exactly wrong. Their tablet OS should NOT have been integrated into their PC OS on the user end. Under the hood? GO CRAZY with compatibility. Make every program work on tablets and the PC by using the same OS. Fine. But keep it secret with two different GUI philosophies.

3. People are combative.
Doctors, teachers, salesmen, and police understand this. If you say jump, the average person will sit down and stay glued to their chair just be belligerent; even if what you're telling them to do is something they'd want to do if they were given a chance and no commands. By forcing you to give up the start button, they've killed the OS even if 99% would, if given the chance, turn the start button off themselves and never miss it. It's like how dysfunctional families might have huge fights with each other, but will join together into a seamless whole against any outsiders.

4. People buy the sizzle, not the sausage.
It doesn't matter what kind of product you've got if you're projecting a horrible image. Windows 8 was just marketed wrong. It might be really good under the hood. Using it might be wonderful for me. I'll never know because they touted it in exactly the wrong ways. I am not alone, as these stats are showing. Many, many people are not digging in to try it. Just like Vista. Apple, meanwhile, just has to change the color of their damned product and it's lines around the block. And their products have always sucked as bad or worse than 8 in user interface. The difference? Image. Apple tells you your free so well you forget they are damned dirty liars right up until AFTER you buy their crap on a two years contract again.


tl;dr METRO
 
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