It's not a dud, it is actually a nice system for some people. But it does not sell. And that does not make it a shining star.
Vista was also a very good system. I never had problems with it and I still run 2 Vista systems. But it did not sell either. They learned their lesson then, let's hope they'll learn their lesson now.
It may just be my own opinion, but the only things I see stopping people from upgrading to Win 8 is money, fear, negative word of mouth from people driven by the fear of change, who mind you, have never used it longer than asking someone else if they can look at theirs.
If you want a "bad OS" try Millennium. It was a failure.
@antspants: Like I said before, it's an underdeveloped system, it's not as good looking as Windows 7 (which is a step back), it's apps are incomplete/in lack of options, the interface can be confusing and it is for most. But you are right in insisting on asking ME for reasons for not liking it, because I actually DO! I've said on this forum that I am really trying to like Windows 8/8.1. I'm giving it a chance that probably 90% of Windows users aren't prepared to do. The problem "I" see with it is that it's just an excellent idea that's been sort of misplaced in time. Maybe Windows 8 was created for a world that's not prepared for it, a world that maybe doesn't exist yet. And maybe never will, that's my fear, because I like it "as a concept", "as an idea". It's like one of those concept cars that manufacturers put on display at Car Shows every year but those concepts never make it into the actual market either because they're too different to what people are used to or because its ideas are too advanced for its time.
Who knows? Maybe Windows 8 would've sold a whole lot more if touch screen monitors/laptops were more common than they currently are...
As for me, I love it, but, "as a concept", for me, if the apps had been more developed, if they had more options, maybe Windows 8 would've been perfect. I don't know, maybe MS has run out of ideas after Windows 7 and put on sales something that was supposed to hit the shelves 5 years from now, or maybe never.
That may be one reason. I think the main reason is that there is really not enough new and exiting function that would incent a desktop user to go for 8.1. If it comes with a new system, that's OK. But upgrading my 6 Vista and Windows7 systems would cost me as much as a 1 week vacation. I prefer the vacation.It may just be my own opinion, but the only things I see stopping people from upgrading to Win 8 is money, fear
Which next Windows? Windows 8.1.1 is coming out in April (some think April 1, but so far, I haven't seen the actual date). If you're talking Windows 9, I think we have awhile to wait.
Although this machine and most likely my two laptops will take Windows 8.1, it really makes me angry that Microsoft left so many of their loyal supporters with older computers laying in the dirt.
Speaking of Windows 9, I hope Microsoft will reach out to those of us who have tested Windows from "almost dogfood" to "RTM" (released to manufacturing) and invite us to test it. I won't hold my breath, though, because Windows 9 has probably been on the bench for awhile now.
I beta tested both Vista and Windows 7. We beta testers (in the wild) told Microsoft Vista wasn't ready for prime time, although I had no real problems with it. However, I didn't get to use it very long before we started testing Windows 7. Although I wasn't connected to a corporation or any other large group, I was in a group that got "dogfood" (alpha of an alpha version) on both betas, which meant that I didn't spend very long on Vista RTM before we started eating Windows 7 "dogfood." And all that to say I wasn't on Vista RTM long enough to have real problems.
Microsoft still doesn't understand that those of us "out in the wild" can put Windows, through quite rigorous testing that just doesn't have a chance of happening in a corporate environment. Instead, those beta testers out in the wild were "fired" by Sinofsky when he took over the Windows team, so a huge number of bugs and suggestions were never filed because they never came up in the corporate environment.
I guess if I had one real complaint about how Microsoft runs its OS betas, it would be that they ask us to test the product, but don't listen to what we have to say. When a product is rushed out the door before it's ready because some high-up muckety muck says it's going to be released on a certain date, well, what can we expect . . .
Cr-ea-eakkk! Stepping off soapbox now.