The soon-to-be-a-part-of-Yahoo David Pogue:
The fundamental problem with Windows 8 hasn’t changed: you’re still working in two operating systems at once. You’re still leaping from one universe into another — the color schemes, fonts and layouts all change abruptly — and it still feels jarring. There are still too many duplicate programs and settings, one in each environment. And you still can never live entirely in one world or the other.
The more you work with Windows 8, the more screamingly obvious the solution becomes: Split it up. Offer regular Windows on regular computers, offer TileWorld on tablets. That way, everyone has to learn only one operating system, and each operating system is suited to its task.
Naturally, Microsoft PR chief Frank Shaw didn’t appreciate Pogue’s views on Windows 8.1. What’s different about Shaw is that he isn’t afraid to say so quite loudly.
That doesn’t change that fact that Pogue, of course, is right.