Quote:You're not getting the point I'm making. It's not that Windows 8 can't do stuff or that it takes longer to do them. It's that it's counter intuitive to work out how to do stuff if you don't already know. It's that it's a step backwards in terms of usability. And the fact that even the advocates in this thread have agreed that Win8 can be frustrating at first, says a lot.
Quote:Maybe. Depends on your perspective. Windows has always been pretty poor compared to the competition in my honest opinion. I've spent a large portion of my career working with Windows but have always been agnostic towards OSs and I honest do think Windows 2000 was one of the few exceptions where Microsoft genuinely had the best OS on the market (back then OS 9 was poo, Desktop Linux wasn't practical for 99% of people and, sadly, BeOS was a dying platform). But I digress; my point is that, pragmatically Windows' biggest advantage was it'a monopoly.
Let me be clear about something though, I accept that plenty of people chose Windows because it's the platform they liked the most - and that's obviously fine. We all have our preferences. But if we're completely honest, there's also a lot of people used Windows because they either didn't have a choice (software / economics mandated their choice of platform) or simply didn't know there was anything else out there. It's the self-fulfilling prophecy that a monopoly rewards you (and Gates, who I do genuinely have a huge amount of respect for, understood that being successful isn't about being the best technologically speaking, but often just about being good enough to be usable but also mostly about being a smart businessman).
The problem Microsoft now faces is that the choice of host OS is becoming less relevant. Linux is becoming more relevant for gaming and is finally usable for the layman, Macs have become cheaper / more available / cool, and a lot of applications have moved to the cloud so there's less Windows-only issues than there ever have been. So people don't need to put up with an OS they don't like any longer - which is where I think a lot if the hate comes from. People are just getting fed up and realising that they don't have to learn to love Windows; then can switch platforms.
Again, I'm not saying this is the case for everyone and I accept that some genuinely love Win8. Everyone is different. But I think a lot of the hate about Win8 is because people don't have to like Windows any longer so they're more vocal about the annoyances it has.
Sorry for the essay. I just wanted to explain my position properly