Windows 8 is trying to sustain a dying market
Reviews of Win8 have been mixed. And that should not be surprising. Microsoft made the mistake of trying to make Win8 something nobody really wants.
On the one hand it has a new interface called Metro that is supposed to be more iOS/Android “like” by using tiles, touch screen, etc. But it’s not a breakthrough, just an effort to be more like the existing competition. Maybe a little better, but everyone believes the leaders will be better still with new updates soon.
By definition, that is not game changing.
Simultaneously, with Win8 users can find their way into a more historical Windows interface. But the path is not obvious, or intuitive. And it has some pretty “clunky” features for those who like Windows. So it’s not a “great” Windows solution that would attract developers today focused on other platforms.
Win8 tries to be the old, and the new, without being great at either, and without offering anything that solves new problems, or creates breakthroughs in simplicity or performance.