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  Windows 8 to be redesigned by Microsoft as PC sales plummet
Time: 13:22 EST/18:22 GMT | News Source: The Guardian | Posted By: Byron Hinson

When Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer first revealed his software for the touchscreen world in February 2012, he said he was "betting the company" on it. There were "no compromises" made in replacing the time-honoured desktop with Windows 8's colourful tile-based interface, Ballmer insisted. But just six months after the official release, Microsoft which relies on Windows licences for about half its profits is getting ready to make compromises to key aspects of the software. It comes after its leap into the tablet computing future was described as "confusing" (or worse) by new users and has been blamed for plummeting sales of PCs, which had their sharpest drop on record in the first three months of this year, down 14%. The biggest expectation is that the update to Windows 8, codenamed Blue and due within a few weeks, will revive the start button that had been familiar to users for 17 years but which was removed from the new version.

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#1 By Jedi Master (1829 Posts) at 5/8/2013 2:56:51 PM
hmmmm....comparing Windows 8 to Coca-Cola's New Coke debacle. That's a pretty apt description of what Windows 8 really is.

#2 By rxcall (1411 Posts) at 5/8/2013 7:14:31 PM
Wrong!!!

Coke got rid of New Coke. Do you really think the Modern UI is going anywhere? Microsoft will continue to improve the interface and give all of you wimps a pseudo start button back. There is nothing wrong with Windows 8. Its underpinnings are better than Windows 7 and if they ever get some decent apps it will take off. Hell, my company is already talking about deploying Surface Tablets to its field sales force.
Embrace the future, stop being afraid of it.

#3 By bobsireno (1748 Posts) at 5/8/2013 10:35:48 PM
#2: Most people have shown that they can adapt to the changes in Windows 8. That said, I have many customers that are retired, comfortable in their ways, and not happy with the new Windows 8 UI. They get Start8. Not all are alike however. One of my oldest customers, in his mid-80's, loves his Windows 8 touch screen AIO and Metro along with it.

Some people embrace change. Most people live with it. Some hate it. All the issues can be mitigated. Just putting the Desktop tile in the upper left of Start screen made about half of the Windows 8 haters that I worked with happy when they saw that all they had to do was hit the Enter button to go directly to the desktop. So, why didn't MS put the Desktop tile there instead of an apparently random location? When asked these things MS basically replied "bite me" With Sinofsky gone the customer hostile attitude has become not just more customer tolerant, but customer friendly. Windows 8.1 will be accepted by most experienced Windows users as long as MS really listened and makes the tweaks customers have been asking for.

#4 By Jedi Master (1829 Posts) at 5/9/2013 7:50:20 AM
@rxcall - Win8 hasn't helped PC sales. In fact, there are indications that it has actually HURT sales. Microsoft should have taken a clue from it's poor Windows Phone sales that Win8 wouldn't be well accepted.

Win8 works extremely well on a tablet - but the reality is that Win8 tablets aren't selling. No one really wants them.

If you don't like the "New Coke" analogy, look up "jumping the shark".

I'll agree that Win8 does a better job at handling system resources. But...as bobsireno notes, the UI (LetsNotCallItMetro) interface is it's biggest bain. Those that HAVE TO use Win8 "live with it" as bob notes. My wife has to use Windows because all of her embroidery software is ported to Windows only. Me...since I do photography, I have a better option.

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