re: Windows Blue: Restoring The Start Button Isn't Enough
Michael, may I submit the possibility that Win8 hasn't caught on with consumers for a few reasons that really have been ignored: 1) Win7 was very good. Vista, on the RIGHT hardware was very good. XP was around for so long that everyone assume it was very good (I'll take a Win7 x64 or Win8 x64 box on the same hardware up against any build of XP for speed and stability). 2) Since the introduction of multi-core CPUs and much cheaper RAM the lack of speed for most consumers and general business desktops has not been a reason to upgrade. Moore's Law finally caught up with the market place's demand for speed. 3) Reliability has improved so much in the past 5-10 years that I see PCs in production that are approaching 10 years old and still work. At a customer of mine that has 11 point-of-sale systems along with 45 computers and servers in various other roles, the POS machines were all purchased many years ago for other purposes, marketing, sales, management, etc... and have been repurposed to the lower-power-requirement tasks of simply running the POS system. The machines are blazing fast at selling product and are essentially free equipment after this many years. They keep 1-2 older systems around as spares in case one fails, but why should a business replace what works (assuming they can either afford to wait for a replacement PC or have spares)?
Articles have focused on the lack of sales assuming it's Win8's GUI. I submit it's not the GUI. It's not the toys on the market. I submit it's because the systems people bought, like the quad core Win7 x64 box I'm writing this post on, that were purchased several years ago, 3-+ in my case, are running great and are not in need of an upgrade at this time. Win8 just got caught in the crossfire of the toy craze (and again your 80% claim really doesn't sound valid).