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moarsauce123
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5/25/2013 | 11:51:18 AM
re: Windows 8.1 Timing All Wrong
Can't state it any better. It is a big usability issue and especially Metro goes against all the UX guidelines Microsoft crafted the past decade. Yes, Microsoft is so arrogant that they ignore their own advice.
moarsauce123
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5/25/2013 | 11:49:07 AM
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Agree! And I should read comments before posting my own...didn't want to plagiarize.
moarsauce123
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5/25/2013 | 11:47:36 AM
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Sales are down, usage share is dismal, the stats are worse than for Vista, the dozens of blog and forum posts rip Win8, and businesses buying Win8 licenses instantly replace it with Win7. Sure, the millions of Microsoft customers banded together to feed the media lies.
When you deploy Win8, can these users make an educated choice between Win8 and something else? Or is it that you push Win8 and that's it. In that case they surely 'take to it' because there isn't any other option. You should give them at least two systems, one with Win7 and one with Win8 and hand them a set of tasks to perform. Then let them add their own tasks that they need to accomplish. Time task completion and get obviously subjective feedback. Have them alternate which OS they use first and have the tasks be limited to apps that come with each OS, such as copying files, adding a mailbox account, personalizing the desktop, etc. They will succeed on either system, but it will take longer on Win8 because there are just more clicks and interactions for everything. Win8 is a productivity killer, even worse than the ribbon is.
moarsauce123
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5/25/2013 | 11:39:30 AM
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What Microsoft should do is have major refreshes in spring and a major release in the fall every year. They should just continuously deliver what they got and not have folks wait three or four years for something new. That way Microsoft can try something for six months, get feedback, listen to feedback (yep, that will be a radically new concept for Microsoft!), and then fix or replace or drop features. Microsoft needs to be more agile and deliver what customers want. Customers do not want Metro, they do not want charms, and they do not want stuff to be renamend and rearranged for no reason.
Michael Endler
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5/23/2013 | 9:10:35 PM
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Sure, the media has had influence on Windows 8's woes. But it's not
like journalists forced high-ranking executives from Microsoft's OEM
partners to publicly express their doubts. Journalists also didn't force
those same OEMs to establish prohibitive prices last winter.

To be clear: Windows 8
offers unique and legitimate benefits. It can do things none of its competitors can do. But to get some of those
benefits, you've had to shell out $1000 for a tablet with lousy battery
life. Is your contention that factors like high prices and trash-talking CEOs - never mind the UI itself - really haven't affected
Win8's path?

For what it's worth, Windows 8 articles of any sort
are usually met with divisive user comments-- even on websites that
cater to targeted professionals, as opposed to general consumers. If an
article criticizes the Start Screen, you can be sure a few people will
pop up to explain why the Modern UI is still better than the old Start
Menu. If an article details a successful Windows 8 deployment,
meanwhile, you can expect some commenters to describe, with great
passion and precision, why they don't like the new interface. Some of
this is fanboy trolling, but when I look at the most specific and
detailed complaints, I don't get the sense that they're coming from
people who've been swayed by the media; rather, I get the sense they're coming from people with hands-on hands-on experience. This dichotomy doesn't discount Win8's merits, but it suggests the OS's flaws are real too.
DDURBIN1
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5/23/2013 | 5:28:16 PM
re: Windows 8.1 Timing All Wrong
I'd argue October releases don't make sense either but since it takes Microsoft three months to get a release to market we are stuck with this cycle July/Oct. There's not really enough time between October and December for the public to "get on board" with a revamped operating system. And in the case of Window 8, most took a pass. I did as I purchased two computers at the holidays but purchased online to get Windows 7 because only Windows 8 computers were found at retail stores.


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