re: Windows 8 Fizzling, Time For Windows Classic?
My own feeling (and from a consumer standpoint) is that the "fizzle" is heavily related to Microsoft's marketing fumble, and not as much to do with Windows 8 itself. The fumble and its contribution to the fizzle was completely avoidable, or should have been. I think it was a grave mistake to for Microsoft to showcase the Surface this summer as they did, which, in my own mind, became the specific poster child for Windows 8 itself, and then only release the limited-capability "lite" version of the Surface at the time of the Windows 8 debut. while at the same time promising something even bigger and better "very soon to come." This future promise (along with the poster-child association with Windows 8) is what I think has helped to derail the immediate interest while dramatically reinforcing a natural "wait and see" approach. Something now (unnecessarily) feels half-baked because the "real" Windows 8 Poster Child has yet to hit the scene. No sober person would dare to expect robust success in the consumer market with that sort of debut strategy. Had the Surface Pro come out simultaneously with the debut of Windows 8, I think the general level of enthusiasm (and sales) would have been higher and the spotlight on the Surface *and* Windows 8 much brighter. This delayed arrival of the poster child also casts an avoidable shadow on the debut of the Surface running Windows RT - the spotlight, in minds like mine, is still pointing offstage while the current Surface is already on stage and standing in the dark. So rather than offering the RT Surface as a customer's strategic choice, instead it seems like an all-you-can-get-for-now imposter of the real thing. That is a shame - it has its own independent merits, but I'm too distracted by my anticipation of Surface Pro to really care - I can't evaluate their different benefits side by side and choose; I'm still left "waiting." That's a terrible notion to associate with Windows 8. In the end, I feel that the way I perceived Microsoft's hype of the Surface and Windows 8 has left me still waiting for the true "star of the show" to come out on stage (or even arrive into town). The whole debut strategy, as it has turned out in the end, seems a bit like hanging Elvis's jumpsuit on stage while promising that Elvis himself is going to show up in a couple *months* to perform an entirely new, exciting show as the start of a miraculous comeback tour, but... in the meantime, please enjoy our cover band wearing a low-grade jumpsuit imitation. Seriously?! Who's going to care about the cover band or Elvis's jumpsuit with that sort of approach? No wonder there were resignations involved.