Things may not be as good as it seems for Windows 8 now that all the hoopla has worn off and reality is beginning to sink in.
Based on people I know and some recent articles, Windows 8’s lack of a true desktop mode that we all know and have used for years is the number one on the list of complaints, quickly followed by the lack of ease of use and the how do I find it syndrome. One user was unable to find how to login, another was lost on how to shut down the computer. Things are not intuitive. For those who purchase tablets this fall, maybe the Metro interface will meet their needs but one person who uses Windows in work and an Apple at home was disappointed in the Metro interface.
Make matters worse I found one web site where they took the time to show you some interesting way to use and navigate Windows 8 in the Metro mode when using a keyboard and mouse, trouble is about 75% of these tips did not work for me. Someone is going to make a fortune if they print a good book on how to use Windows 8, trust me as you are going to need it.
Microsoft’s marketing people missed the boat:
One big glaring mistake is called the best of both worlds. In short the Desktop mode should have the same look, feel and start menu functionality of Windows 7. In fact if the user wasn’t told, they would not ever know it was Windows 8 running on the Desktop or Laptop computer. While Apple currently has the table world locked up, they trail far behind in the Laptop / Desktop market. What Microsoft does not want to do is give up its insurmountable lead in one world while trying to grab a significant market share in a strange new world.
Its too late to make the software changes to implement a true desktop mode unless Microsoft knows something we don’t. So I predict there will be a big rush to develop Windows 9 to accommodate the millions of Windows XP users who haven’t made the switch yet, guys and gals if you didn’t like Vista your going to hate 8, if your older XP computer can run Windows 7 think about switching soon. Windows 7 users have absolutely no reason to move to 8 as it stands now, so 9 may be the next upgrade for them.
What can Microsoft can do to soften the blow:
If you remember shortly after Windows 7 was released the sale of Windows XP was discontinued. This time around I suggest a special bundle offer which includes Windows 7 with the purchase of Windows 8 for just a few dollars more than Windows 8 alone. After all if Windows 7 is discontinued Microsoft kills the opportunity to obtain additional revenues obtained by keeping it on the market. This would be an upgrade version of Windows 7 that is designed to dual boot on the same computer Windows 8 is installed on and or used to upgrade other versions of Windows.
With this dual boot arrangement the user can still have the best of both worlds and might be inclined to purchase Windows 8 and shell out a few extra dollars for the bundle. To keep the cost down, it would be a download version of Windows 7. Inside the Windows 8 package would be a card with a pin to access the download along with a product key for Windows 7.
Reading the tea leaves:
Based on the odd even theory here is how Windows 8 will fair. Windows 98SE was a success, Windows ME was a dud, Windows XP was a success, Windows Vista was not, Windows 7 is a success, Windows 8 …..