Windows 8's coming-out party was a bust. How should Microsoft revive its flagging Windows franchise?
4 of 9
Windows 8 retains the desktop UI from past versions -- but it's a maimed version that results in an abysmal user experience. Microsoft's boneheaded decision to kill the Start menu, for instance, has led to a screen-jumping nightmare for PC users who live inside the desktop. Want to find a program, search for a file or turn off your PC? Hop over to the Modern UI, please.
Clearly, this is bad interface design, and Microsoft would be wise to reinstate the Start menu in Windows Blue. Third-party utilities such as IObit's free Start Menu 8 can help alleviate Win 8's desktop shortcomings, but users shouldn't have to install outside apps to enjoy basic functionality.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.