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The TIMES - Ms presses Delete Key on W8

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    The TIMES - Ms presses Delete Key on W8


    Hi there
    Interesting article from a quite respected British Newspaper "The Times". This paper isn't usually renowned for Lurid / inaccurate journalism and is still one of the World's great journalistic institutions.

    Microsoft presses delete key on Windows redesign | The Times

    The blog could though contain a slight error -- I don't think the slide (touch) screen is going away --sure there will be TWO modes of operating W8 -- but obviously interesting times ahead.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    Update : please read post nr 3 in the thread for the whole article as I forgot it's behind a paywall as I'm a TIMES subscriber.
    Last edited by jimbo45; 08 May 2013 at 05:02.

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    The article is behind a paywall
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    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    The article is behind a paywall
    Hi -- sorry - forgot that -- however the essence is there Ms is going to re-design the OS -- I'll see if I can get another source that people can read.

    I subscribed to the Times since I often read it on my mobile -- very handy when travelling.

    Here' the rest

    ....A radical overhaul of the famous Windows software has backfired on Microsoft only seven months after the technology company pledged to “shatter the perceptions” of what was possible on a computer. The Windows 8 software, which allows users to prod and swipe at their computer screen as if it were a tablet, has been blamed for a slump in computer sales in recent months. Microsoft has decided to revert to the more antiquated but more familiar style as a result of the consumer backlash.
    Windows 8 was seen as a make-or-break release for the company and it put a brave face on the U-turn, arguing that more than 100 million licences to use the new software had been sold.
    But it admitted that the impending “Windows Blue” upgrade would allow the company to “respond to the customer feedback we’ve been closely listening to since the launch”. A Microsoft executive, Tami Reller, head of marketing and finance for Windows, said that the changed look, based on blinking, colourful tiles and designed to work for smartphones, computers and tablets, had proved too difficult for some users.
    Richard Holway, a technology analyst at the research company TechMarketView, said that the change had deterred people from buying new laptops.
    He added that it had increased the pressure on Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s long-serving chief executive, who has endured a tough few years as the company has struggled in the smartphone and tablet markets. “This time Ballmer really does have to fess up and do the honourable thing,” Mr Holway said.
    The irony is that Apple’s iPhone, a design triumph bought and loved by millions, is on the brink of a radical makeover in the style of the Windows “live tiles” system. It is believed that Apple will scrap an array of familiar icons — such as the calendar that looks like a leather-bound physical diary, the notepad that appears as yellow-lined legal paper and the battery indicator that looks like a battery — in favour of a much more minimalist design.
    It is likely to be the most eye-catching development in the upgrade of Apple’s iOS system, due to be unveiled next month, in a process driven by the British executive Sir Jonathan Ive. ..........................


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    jimbo
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    A radical overhaul of the famous Windows software has backfired on Microsoft only seven months after the technology company pledged to “shatter the perceptions” of what was possible on a computer.
    The Windows 8 software, which allows users to prod and swipe at their computer screen as if it were a tablet, has been blamed for a slump in computer sales in recent months. Microsoft has decided to revert to the more antiquated but more familiar style as a result of the consumer backlash.
    The rest goes behind the paywall.

    Or: Microsoft prepares rethink on Windows 8 flagship software - FT.com
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    Sky News were playing this yesterday. Microsoft Update Tackles Windows 8 Gripes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    A radical overhaul of the famous Windows software has backfired on Microsoft only seven months after the technology company pledged to “shatter the perceptions” of what was possible on a computer.
    The Windows 8 software, which allows users to prod and swipe at their computer screen as if it were a tablet, has been blamed for a slump in computer sales in recent months. Microsoft has decided to revert to the more antiquated but more familiar style as a result of the consumer backlash.
    The rest goes behind the paywall.

    Or: Microsoft prepares rethink on Windows 8 flagship software - FT.com
    Hi there

    I've posted the rest of the article in post nr 3 in the thread.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Doesn't really tell us much though does it?

    Pretty misleading headline. Having seen the videos of Blue, I'd hardly call it 'deleting 8', its adding to it.
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    This just makes my blood boil....

    A Microsoft executive, Tami Reller, head of marketing and finance for Windows, said that the changed look, based on blinking, colourful tiles and designed to work for smartphones, computers and tablets, had proved too difficult for some users.

    Puh-lease.... your turd of an os was rejected because it was a festering turd, not because it was too difficult....
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    Well, I really love Windows 8. That's allowed here, right? I'm confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sashlon View Post
    Well, I really love Windows 8. That's allowed here, right? I'm confused.
    Don't get me wrong, I use 8, in desktop mode via classic shell and I like it just fine.

    What I object to is some shill from ms claiming it was anyone other than their own fault for the metro mess, and claiming the 'we' just weren't smart enough to use it....
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