Ben Thompson:

In other words, instead of alleviating the problems facing PCs – no reason to buy – Windows 8′s increased complexity added a reason not to buy. That was certainly the case in my family: in early 2013, when my father asked me for advice on a Windows computer, I found myself advising him to seek out Windows 7. Were he to have had a suitable computer, I likely would have advised him to do nothing at all.

Good to see the shitshow I called right before the Windows 8 launch is now becoming crystal clear to everyone.

2014 May Be The Last Year I Ever Buy A Computer

I’m not entirely sure how many different computers I’ve owned throughout the years, but I know it’s a lot. More than a dozen. Maybe two dozen? Right now I own an iMac (with a second monitor on my desk), a Retina MacBook Pro (my main personal machine), and a MacBook Air (my work machine).

Yes, that alone is ridiculous. But it’s even more ridiculous when you throw in all the various iDevices (and a couple Android devices) I own as well. I feel the urge to streamline. But I’m not quite ready to just yet. I think I’m going to buy one more computer this year. And I have a suspicion that this may be the last year I ever do that.

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Ian Sherr for WSJ citing the latest numbers from IDC:

Worldwide shipments of personal computers fell 13.9% in the first quarter, according to market researcher IDC, in the biggest decline since the firm began issuing quarterly numbers in 1994.


Indeed, IDC said that Windows 8 hasn’t only failed to spur more PC demand but has actually exacerbated the slowdown—confusing consumers with features that don’t excel in a tablet mode and compromise the traditional PC experience.

Wait. “Compromise”? What happened to “no compromise”?

Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Blog almost exactly one year ago:

All editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience.

I’m confused.

Actually, no, I’m not.

Phillip Greenspun on his experience using Windows 8 on a regular PC (not a Surface):

Confused about how the tablet apps work and want to Google for the answer? You go to a Web browser in the desktop interface and can’t see the tablet interface that you’re getting advice on how to use. Keep your old Windows 7 machine adjacent so that you can Google for “How to use Windows 8″ on the old computer and have the pages continuously visible.

Greenspun also can’t figure out how anyone could give this OS an even somewhat favorable review:

Given how misguided the whole design of Windows 8 seems to be, why have tech journalists given it basically positive reviews? My theory is that journalists love anything new, different, and complicated. Windows 8 is all of those things.

[via John Gruber, who notes Greenspun’s history of anti-Apple rhetoric]