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[Independent] Microsoft announce Windows 8 rework in 'biggest product U-turn since New Coke'

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Microsoft is set to bow to pressure from customers and change “key aspects” of its much-maligned Windows 8 operating system.

In a move described by some analysts as the biggest product U-turn since Coca Cola dropped “New Coke” 30 years ago, an updated version of Microsoft 8 released later this year will be significantly different.

Microsoft's head of marketing and finance, Tammy Reller, confirmed the plan in an interview with the Financial Times, admitting that many users had struggled to master the new operating system. “The learning curve is definitely real,” she said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/microsoft-announce-windows-8-rework-in-biggest-product-uturn-since-new-coke-8605776.html?fb_action_ids=10151620555460991&fb_action_types=news.reads&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151620555460991%22%3A653334738017441%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151620555460991%22%3A%22news.reads%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D


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Yeah there's a learning curve, but that's what made it fun for me smile.gif
 
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Microsoft has been tone-deaf to customers for so long that they don't deserve any benefit of the doubt. As such, I won't believe it until the final RTM code for 8.1 is released.
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Microsoft has been tone-deaf to customers for so long that they don't deserve any benefit of the doubt. As such, I won't believe it until the final RTM code for 8.1 is released.

This.

I'm not ready to black list Microsoft YET, but I'm at the point that I don't believe ANYTHING they say until it's on the shelf and has been PROVEN to be true. Doesn't matter if it's a phone, a tablet, an OS, or other software.
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All they have to do is put a Start button and 99% of of those who can't handle moving their mouse cursor into a corner won't be crying anymore.
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All they have to do is put a Start button and 99% of of those who can't handle moving their mouse cursor into a corner won't be crying anymore.

Way to understate the problem. I would love it if they would abandon TIFKAM.

Gestures that are based on swiping from the side of the screen in a desktop environment are pointless. The marketplace for applications is bland and even the good applications they do have are forced to run in full screen. TIFKAM Netflix spontaneously chooses to crash without any notice to me, causing me to go to the browser version because it's not going to just die on me.

I do, however, like the lock screen and the settings sync between computers. I don't like that even in corporate environments most apps need a user's Microsoft account in order to function.
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Microsoft has displayed very poor business sense with the entire windows 8 launch. Telling customers "Here it is and just deal with it" in relation to the entire interface change.

End Users should have always been given the option to turn off the aspects they do not like.
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What is the lesson here? The users always win. I don't understand how the people running these corporation don't get that the users are the ones that pay their bills. They should always give users options and listen to their opinion. Glad they acknowledge their mistake but I just don't trust them anymore. Can't wait till Ballmer leaves Microsoft.
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Finally! If they had heard beta testers and common sense more than a year ago, maybe they could have averted this whole situation.

The good thing about Microsoft is that they don't seem to be permanently arrogant and in the end their corporate customers and consumers are a voice to be hear. Maybe they thought they could repeat the Windows Vista - Windows 7 effect with Windows 8 - Windows 9, but perhaps they finally realized the market isn't what it used to be and things are moving much faster due to real competition from the ultra mobile sector.

But, as has been said, let's wait and see, the current rumours don't indicate a U-turn but rather a spit-polish release of the same paradigm, so until further details I reserve my judgement.
 
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While they're at it, I say they get rid of the charms menu. Honestly I never understood the point of having what seems like 2 "control panels".
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