re: Windows 8 Sells Best On New Tablets
Thanks for reading, and for sharing your experiences with Windows 8.
I've gone into pretty heavy detail elsewhere regarding the varied reasons that many users are dissatisfied with Windows 8, just as I've gone into detail about why Windows Blue might - and I emphasize "might" - clean things up. Some of the other reporters who cover Microsoft have done likewise. Given deadlines and this past coverage (some of which is linked in this article), I didn't belabor the issues of user discontent in this case. Even so, I don't think this article neglects user dissatisfaction.
"With PC sales down, however, many Win8 licenses have been installed, to lackluster effect, on previous-generation hardware";
"As a Windows 7 replacement, in other words, Microsoft's newest offering hasn't performed well";
"There also have been indications that, among
enterprise customers, few XP holdouts are jumping directly to Windows 8,
whose touch-oriented interface has so far struck business users as more
burdensome than empowering."
I could have used more aggressive language, I suppose, but the idea that Windows 8 isn't meeting the needs of desktop users is pretty pervasive in the article. Indeed, it was sort of the point; Windows 8's desktop market share is pretty lackluster compared to what its predecessors' achieved at the same point in their respective life cycles, which not only makes Win8's relative tablet success noteworthy but also reinforces that, for most users, the OS has been a flop on the desktop.
But yes, your frustrations are unfortunately (for Microsoft, at least) a common theme. I understand why Windows 8 has defenders, but even people in this camp tend to say things like, "It's great, once you've learned how it works." User-friendliness hasn't been part of the OS's identity, so far.