Originally Posted by gregzoll
Lecture no. Read through all of the posts, no need, since the majority are just repeating the same thing. I have been following 8 since it was put on the drawing board, and through the initial information that Microsoft released. In my opinion, it is a true back step off of a cliff for Microsoft. I have been around computers since the Apple II came out, which was 35 years ago, so I know a little about knowing when to spot a good and bad operating system. Windows 8 is up there in my book with Dos 4.x, Windows 1 & 2, and Windows ME.
They are going to find that there is not enough consumer adoption with the new desktop interface for Windows 7, which is what 8 is.
Like you, I have been around since Trash 80. Old timers don't like change. Tha's a given
But I have to disagree with your opionion about Win8. Yes, the new interface takes a lot to ge used to and don't give consumers much in return at this stage. But we haven't seen the final products yet. The develop preview released last year was much worse with little to no applications.
After digging into it for a day or two. I certainly like it for the most part. It brings a lot of much needed stuff that is very common on mobile market (sync emails, calendar and contacts) to the desktop OS without the need for the extremely slow and buggy Outlook.
It will take a lot effort for Microsoft to convence mass that this new OS and metro UI is a worthy upgrade. But honestly, Microsoft has no choice. Win7 is not that much different than Win95. The Windows eco system has stagernated for a very long time. That's why PC market share and shipment is seeing a steady decline in past two years. Innovate or die.
Eye canndy is still needed in order to survive. That's why iOS devices, nothing new was ever invented there, getting so popular. And Linux, a very versatle and robust OS, never gained a foot hold in the market.
It is a begining of a new era I hope. Just like Win95, it still have two faces: desktop apps and metro apps (for win95, 16-bit apps and 32-bit apps). Sooner or later I'd like to see the desktop (and the stupid Start button, yes I said it) to completely disappear. But that will probably be Win9 or 10. Just like today you rarely need to open a DOS prompt to launch the app.
It's too early to write Win8 off. There is enough new innovations in it (like Storage Space, Metro Apps) to keep it going.