Originally Posted by SlackerITGuy
Tablet OS huh? Step backwards for PC?
I guess Windows 8 doesn't come with:
- Better CPU multi-core scheduling
- Better SSD compatibility and general improvements (stability and speed)
- WDDM 1.2
- Native DirectX 11.1 support
- Lighter/faster Kernel
- Better Security
Talk about judging a book by its cover.
PC sales have been declining prior
to the release of Windows 8, so usage numbers can't be taken into account when judging Windows 8.
Even though what you posted above is accurate here are some not so good facts about Win 8 :
1. Metro, aka Modern: An ugly, useless interface.
I said it before, I'll say it again: Metro, or whatever you want to call it, may make an nice tablet interface, but it's ugly and useless on the desktop. It requires users to forget everything they ever learned about Windows and learn an entirely new way of doing things for no real reason. To quote a popularly held opinion, Metro is "awful."
True, you can use a more traditional Windows interface, but you know what would have been a lot better? If Microsoft had just kept the Windows 7 Aero interface for the desktop version of Windows 8 and give up this idea that the Metro touch-friendly interface is for every device.
2. Windows 8 brought nothing innovative to the desktop.
Can you tell me one new thing that Windows 8 brought to the desktop that was truly innovative? Exciting? Engaging? I can't. Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7, but that's about it -- and that dual interface mess makes it slower for practical purposes.
3. Developers hate it.
I said all along programmers wouldn't like throwing out their hard-won .NET, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) expertise to work natively on Windows 8. I was right. Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of video game company Valve, said it best: "Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space." He then started moving his Steam game empire to Linux.
4. Legacy Windows 7 users aren't moving.
We saw this happen before with Vista and XP. Then, as now, the new operating system -- Vista -- was not better than the old operating system -- XP -- so very few people moved to it. We're seeing it again now.
In addition, in an economy that's still not moving forward quickly, who really wants to move from tried-and-true Windows 7 to new, expensive Windows 8 PCs? As Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu observed, the $500 to $1200 price tags slapped on Windows 8 hardware makes it "uncompetitive" in a world where people want iPads and Android tablets.
5. Tablet, smartphone, and desktop competition.
If you are going to buy a new computing device in 2013, chances are it's going to be an Apple iPad, an inexpensive Android tablet, or a Chromebook. The PC desktop isn't dead, but it's not very profitable either -- and Windows 8 isn't helping PC sales.
Microsoft has to know this. If Microsoft does indeed start selling, or rather renting, Microsoft Office for iPad, you'll know they've seen the light. Microsoft's future then will not lie in operating system and application sales, but in services.
And Windows 8? Like Vista before it, Microsoft will re-release an older version of Windows, Windows 7 this time instead of XP, and start talking about wonderful Windows Blue, the next version of Windows.AFAIK Win 7 never had to deal with any of the issues posted above, that's says alot for such an acclaimed OS. On top of that we had no tablets when Win 7 released so that makes the argument even worse for Win 8.
relevant 8.1 news :
again for the tablet it looks pretty nice, new features and moar fluff Edited by Maiky - 6/5/13 at 2:01pm