Microsoft’s newest operating system ships this Friday: October 26. But, you know what? I’m guessing you might just hate it.
In recent weeks Microsoft has been pushing Windows 8 like crazy. TV advertisements make the OS appear easy to use thanks to the introduction of a new “tile-based” system that supposedly makes it simple to navigate the operating system on a touchscreen device.
But what about the vast majority of people who continue to use desktop and laptop computers? Will this OS be a breeze to use, or not so much?
Early impressions suggest it might be a pain in the butt.
“It was very difficult to get used to,” noted one customer in a recent interview with Canada’s CTV. “I have an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, and they never got used to it. They were like, ‘We’re just going to use Mom’s computer.”‘
Presumably, Mom’s computer is running Windows 7 or even the much older Windows Vista. Heck, it might even by plodding along on Windows XP, the ten-year-old operating system that remains extremely popular with computer users around the world.
So, what’s the deal? Why is Microsoft making such a bold change in the way the world’s leading operating system operates?
Most experts believe it’s an attempt by Microsoft to win its share of very lucrative tablet and smartphone markets. PC sales are declining because many people are opting to use these kinds of (cheaper) devices to access the Internet.
But that won’t make traditional PC users happy, particularly if Windows 8 proves to be difficult to use on their laptops and desktops.
“I am very worried that Microsoft may be about to shoot itself in the foot spectacularly,” said Cera Technology CEO, Michael Mace.
So, what do you guys think? Is Microsoft making a huge mistake with Windows 8?