Windows 8's coming-out party was a bust. How should Microsoft revive its flagging Windows franchise?
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After a few minutes with Windows 8's touch-centric Modern UI, it's pretty obvious that Microsoft was focusing more on tablets than PCs. The bright and bold motif -- with its oversize finger-friendly tiles and frustrating, where'd-it-go Charms Bar on the right side of the screen -- is great for touch but confusing and clumsy for mouse and trackpad users.
Why not let users decide at setup whether to run the Modern UI? This level of customization might make Windows 8 more appealing to Microsoft's enterprise customers, many of whom would rather run the conventional desktop user interface on their legacy PCs. Then again, without the Modern UI, Windows 8 doesn't offer many advantages, aside from faster performance, over Windows 7.