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Windows 8, one year later: 10 mistakes Microsoft made

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    Windows 8, one year later: 10 mistakes Microsoft made


    As beta programs go, Windows 8 seemed like a smashing success. The engineers and designers putting the new operating system together hit their deadlines like a finely tuned machine, and hardware partners had three full months to get their new PCs ready for what some hoped would be a big holiday season.

    It didn't quite work out that way. The Windows 8 launch in New York City went well enough, but it was followed within days by two damaging events: Hurricane Sandy and the abrupt departure of Windows chief Steven Sinofsky.



    Miscalculation on desktop changes

    You see that empty check box, highlighted in yellow? The option to bypass the Start screen and go straight to the desktop when signing in to Windows 8.1?
    That option was in an early preview of Windows 8, but it was dropped for the final release.
    It’s back in Windows 8.1, as Exhibit A in Microsoft’s “We’re listening to your feedback” campaign.
    There was plenty of feedback during the beta process from people who wanted a desktop-centric version of Windows 8. Microsoft stubbornly (some would say arrogantly) ignored them.
    And now, a year later, that option and a few other desktop-friendly changes are part of Windows 8.1. One can only wonder: what would the reaction to Windows 8 have been like if a traditional desktop configuration had been available, even as a well hidden option?
    Windows 8, one year later: 10 mistakes Microsoft made (and how they plan to fix things) | ZDNet

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    LOL. Ed misses the point.

    1) Is it ergonomic? On a tablet, it is better to stab at squares than try to use a desktop style UI. On a laptop, it is far worse.

    2) Learn? That shouldn't be necessary. It should be intuitive as far as possible, and very clearly signposted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    As beta programs go, Windows 8 seemed like a smashing success. The engineers and designers putting the new operating system together hit their deadlines like a finely tuned machine, and hardware partners had three full months to get their new PCs ready for what some hoped would be a big holiday season.

    It didn't quite work out that way. The Windows 8 launch in New York City went well enough, but it was followed within days by two damaging events: Hurricane Sandy and the abrupt departure of Windows chief Steven Sinofsky.



    Miscalculation on desktop changes

    You see that empty check box, highlighted in yellow? The option to bypass the Start screen and go straight to the desktop when signing in to Windows 8.1?
    That option was in an early preview of Windows 8, but it was dropped for the final release.
    It’s back in Windows 8.1, as Exhibit A in Microsoft’s “We’re listening to your feedback” campaign.
    There was plenty of feedback during the beta process from people who wanted a desktop-centric version of Windows 8. Microsoft stubbornly (some would say arrogantly) ignored them.
    And now, a year later, that option and a few other desktop-friendly changes are part of Windows 8.1. One can only wonder: what would the reaction to Windows 8 have been like if a traditional desktop configuration had been available, even as a well hidden option?
    Windows 8, one year later: 10 mistakes Microsoft made (and how they plan to fix things) | ZDNet
    Um... it would have faired at most like windows 7, which sales started slumping before 8 came out.
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    One can only wonder: what would the reaction to Windows 8 have been like if a traditional desktop configuration had been available, even as a well hidden option?
    Rhetorical question. Even Ed Bott knows if MS had implemented it better, sales would have been less bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Um... it would have faired at most like windows 7, which sales started slumping before 8 came out.

    Is it fair to say Win7 sales were slumping when a more realistic reason is because so many users already had it? Windows 8 sales never took off in the first place, so it never reached a point where it could slump.
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    There are lots of factors when marketing a product. Not all of them are within your control. It is sensible to make the best possible job of those which are in your control.

    One of the reasons for a dip in sales was the move to tablets. Some people were buying a tablet ( or just using their phone ) instead of a cheap laptop.

    The last thing you should do is give people a reason not to buy your product offering.

    Hard to tell why MS made such an obvious misstep with 8.
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    With the improvements in the W8 kernel OS; and better security etc, etc. If M$ had offered an alternative boot direct to desktop and traditional legacy alpha numeric start menu, it would have walked out the door. I would certainly have been first in the queue. If for no other reason than to build a new rig. Heck, I even bought it on DVD from a retail computer shop despite the lack of those things ... but only because StartIsBack restored those options. If it was only provided with tablet/smartfone GUI, no way Hosea!
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    The fact that they still have options concerning what happens when you "point to the upper-left corner" and "click on the upper-right corner" (did I get that backwards?) demonstrates they still don't understand their mistakes.
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    Funny that ZDnet criticizes the W8 UI. but their website has the "next" button on top, which is bad since i read the article from top to bottom and expect the "next" button at bottom and don't want to scroll up again.

    Maybe the W8 critique is justified, but the person criticizing should know how to implement intuitive website navigation himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
    Funny that ZDnet criticizes the W8 UI. but their website has the "next" button on top, which is bad since i read the article from top to bottom and expect the "next" button at bottom and don't want to scroll up again.

    Maybe the W8 critique is justified, but the person criticizing should know how to implement intuitive website navigation himself.
    You could use the ribbon on the bottom and select the page you want instead of scrolling up.
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