Windows 8 is putting a notebook/smartphone OS on a desktop computer. Most potential customers of desktops recognize this and reject it. The question is why do I need to by a desktop if it only replicates a smartphone? Customers who buy a desktop want an OS that is designed for the desktop. Microsoft has spent many year in designing and refining a desktop OS and now they have abandoned it.
It's a necessary change
The customers are loving it.
PC sales are drepessed not because of W8 but because of the way they advertise them: In the most stupid and most buyer repulsive way: by showing the Start Screen on the monitor.
Seriousely when you see something as idiotic as this:
Poeple don't get the point of buying a PC anymore if it does the same as what their tablet or cell phone does!
It's ILLOGICAL to show this when you want to advert the advantages of a PC. Poeple don't want something that dumb and they don't understand what it is and what the machine is for.
They think it's an oversized mobile phone or something with very limited capabilities, usable for just what it's showed on the add. They don't know there is a real desktop, real possibilities and even better hardware performance hiding behind Metro mickey-mouse cover. They don't know that it can be disabled and be turned into a real computer as we know it.
If you want to boost PC sales, show a classic desktop! (but they want to boost tablet sales )
I was told by a friend, someone in his Calculus 3 class or programming class about this guy that hated Windows 8 and said it sucked and whatnot, basically like some on this forum. He installed it oddly for some reason on his laptop, then he started singing praises of how Windows 8 is actually pretty awesome.
And no, when shown something like the Start Screen, no average person thinks, "Wow, this is so stupid, I want to a classic Desktop and not this MIP interface!" It's more like, "Hmm, odd, what is this, it looks interesting because it's really different and I've never seen anything like it before?" Also, where would they get the assumption it's for mobile phones? Do people use Windows Phones more than reported or something?
If Microsoft kept Windows 8 like Windows 7, PC sales would still fall off a cliff. No one would upgrade form 7 to 8 when 8 would be just a 7.1 update. There isn't anything new to be had, only under the hood changes that most people wouldn't care so much for. People have already shifted from a desktop PC to a laptop PC and they're going for tablets. Windows 7's UI can't support that properly. That's just the facts of the situation.