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Four months in, Windows 8 needs help

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    Four months in, Windows 8 needs help


    After four months of tepid Windows 8 PC sales, maybe it's time for Microsoft to make a few changes.

    During a conversation I had this week with IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell, he volunteered the following statement, which sounded strangely like my experience.

    There were certain decisions that Microsoft made that were in retrospect flawed. Notably not allowing people to boot into desktop mode and taking away the start button. Those two things have come up consistently. We've done some research and people miss that.


    And there are a lot of people that as soon as they boot into Windows 8, they go to desktop mode and do most their work there and occasionally back to Metro. But the point being they're much more comfortable with desktop mode.
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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Certainly if you talk to PC vendors, they'd like to see Microsoft do that.
    [sarcasm]I wonder why PC vendors would say that? What do they know?[/sarcasm]
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    They don't know anything - they are only the people trying to sell it to the punters face to face. Don't pay any attention to them.
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    Microsoft may "stick to its guns" and leave everything pretty much as is, O'Donnell added. Pride goes before the fall.
    There's a chance for Stevie B to do the right thing and prove his critics wrong. Nice opportunity for him personally to retrieve something from this unfortunate situation.
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    Wow, really, four months and it's over?
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    its not over, but a few changes would sure help some people out. overall, its a decent OS, but the UI still annoys me.
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    The only problem with Windows 8, is that lots of people dont learn to use it. If you want to boot directly to the desktop, it is very easy to fix that. If you want the start meny back, there are several versions to choose from. But the fact is that lots of things work better and faster with Metro. One month into Windows 8, on two laptops, it is the most effective and enjoyable I have had on any computer or OS.
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by munin View Post
    The only problem with Windows 8, is that lots of people dont learn to use it. If you want to boot directly to the desktop, it is very easy to fix that. If you want the start meny back, there are several versions to choose from. But the fact is that lots of things work better and faster with Metro. One month into Windows 8, on two laptops, it is the most effective and enjoyable I have had on any computer or OS.
    Boy are you in trouble. . .you just said the wrong thing on this site. . .they will be coming after you. . .
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Wow, really, four months and it's over?
    Pretty much so. A worse start than Vista speaks for itself. This 'thing' can only be salvaged with drastic measures.

    Two members of my family bought new laptops last week - and they got Windows 7 upon request.
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    Windows 7 on the desktop, Windows 8 Surface Pro mobile


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Wow, really, four months and it's over?
    Pretty much so. A worse start than Vista speaks for itself. This 'thing' can only be salvaged with drastic measures.

    Two members of my family bought new laptops last week - and they got Windows 7 upon request.
    Why would they need drastic measures? Two more notches to Microsoft. You didn't buy ipads and went Wintel.. thats a win for them. Not only do they get your money for the license of 7 now, but whenever you go to upgrade sometime in the future(probably a long while from now and maybe Windows 9?), they'll get you again.

    As long as you stay in the cabal, it doesn't matter which device you go.. they'll hit you again eventually.
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