I am more than skilled in computers, and if it is a nightmare for me to find where things are and control all the new changes, I cannot imagine what this will be for billions of, for instance, women that still don't manage a normal Windows desktop and can't find the search function or where programs are located to open.
Glorious fiasco. Extraordinary. Unbelieveable.
Windows 8 isn't that expensive.
also, i want to remind everyone this little tip that will help to achieve almost anything: Haters gonna hate deal with it. Sure windows 8 will have problems, and it will not sell as good as W7. Why? peple have just upgraded from eXPerience to Windows 7. Don't wait them to upgrade to Windows 8. maybe to windows 9 or 10. but no one buys new stuff when old one works fine.
I don't believe some people! We download and install the Consumer Preview because we like new stuff. Get used to the new stuff and evolve, don't complain because it doesn't work the same way as old stuff!
Although like most I do not yet own a touch screen display for my home PC but one day I will and I'll be glad that MS developed the Metro interface.
Look forwards not backwards or you'll trip over!
I've been using computers since the Commodore 64 and Amiga 1000, after the Amiga I went to IBM compatables and DOS, then to Windows. Maybe thats why I embrace change, I actually get bored when there is nothing new. I bought a Macintosh many years ago not long after the Amiga, it was the most boring computer I've ever owned, I felt like throwing it out of the Window and have hated Apple ever since.
Windows 8 for me is a new challenge, something entirely new and keeps me tinkering, and finding new things. It looks like most people arent like me and just want to sit in front of a machine with icons on the screen and get spoon fed. Thats okay, Apple has made people that way, everything just has to work. Looks like Steve Jobs is winning from the grave.
Okay, I have it figured out. Dump all the silly metro apps on the Start screen. That way you will never find yourself trying to play solitaire on the total width of a 24" monitor. Simply use the Start screen for all the programs you would usually have accessed from the start button. Place your favorite icons in their usual places on the the Desktop. Done! Nice new operating system, no confusion, well at least not very much confusion until you get all the icons you need in their places.
I have also downloaded and am using Windows 8 CP out of curiosity, and, as mentioned earlier in the thread, do want it to be a success. The CP is exceptionally stable on my system and has not crashed of hung once. Everything I have thrown at it has worked fine. I won't go on about my UI gripes here as you know what they are already. All I will say is that I am of the opinion that MS will get it sorted out before the final release.
As to the title of this thread, I did try to alter it to 'could be Microsofts ...' but am not able to. I think my use of the word 'will' is not justified.