re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Microsoft should be giving customers what they want instead of trying to force them to use something that looks foreign to them, results in confusion, and disables things they are used to using. Visible changes, if any, should be incremental.
What customers really want is a beefed up, more secure, faster, and smaller footprint of Windows XP. What beefed up means is additional features integrated into the system but with the same basic interface. Windows 7 might have been a feeble attempt to do this but it is bloated.
Virtually any small office I go into that is using Windows is using XP. It is stable, relatively easy to use, supports many generations of Apps, and is something they are used to.
So despite what Microsoft threatens about end of life for XP, customers will either stay with it, maybe upgrade to 7, or switch to Mac. Windows 8 it just a bad idea, especially if their customers continually try to avoid it instead of embracing it. Some one once said that you can force a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. The same can be said for Windows 8.
Steve Balmer should be commended for doing such a great job of marketing Apple's products for them, considering his decision making for Microsoft.