#windows 8

Emil Protalinski:

Windows 7 launched on October 22, 2009. In October 2010, Microsoft revealed that it had sold over 240 million Windows 7 licenses in the operating system’s first year, and in January 2011 that number grew to 300 million at the 15-month mark.

Windows 8 launched on October 26, 2012. In February 2014, Microsoft revealed that it had sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses in the operating system’s 15 months. No matter how you slice it, that’s not good news for the company.

No, it’s not.

Mary Jo Foley:

The extension of the Windows 7 Pro preload-cutoff date is not related to the looming end-of-support date for Windows XP, said Shad Larsen, senior business program manager, Windows business planning team. Nor is it because of business-customer reticence to adopt Windows 8, Larsen insisted.

Instead, Larsen said that because Windows 7 remains the largest part of Microsoft’s installed base and is still in the midst of being deployed by business customers, Microsoft wants to make it easy and possible for businesses to continue to obtain it.

Those logic gap in those two paragraphs is hilarious. Microsoft is not extending the life of Windows 7 because of customer reticence to adopt Windows 8 — but rather it’s because Windows 7 remains the largest part of the business install base. But wait. Why is that? Because no one in their right mind wants a business machine that runs Windows 8!

Nothing to see here. Nothing at all.

Andy Borowitz:

After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success.

While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.”

“Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.

A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7.

So good.

Tom Warren:

Since it’s not at the show, Microsoft has left it up to its hardware partners to push Windows 8. This year there’s an absence of new Windows PCs, especially exciting ones, and it’s noticeable. With a lack of new products and no presence on the floor, Microsoft and its platforms are almost nowhere to be seen.

Hard to see how this is anything other than a sign of the times.

Anonymous asked:

I am not a Windows user, but almost everything you say about Windows 8 strikes me as also being true of iOS 7, and I have been using iOS (and Mac OS X) since the very beginning. For example, iOS 7 is the reason I did not buy a new iPad and iPhone this year. I know Apple is hot and Microsoft is not, but other than that, are Windows 8 and iOS 7 really that different to you?

While I see where you’re coming from with this, and I actually agree about iOS 7 being kind of a nightmare, the difference in my mind is that one is about bugs (in particular with the interactions between the OS and the new 64-bit chips), the other is about a fundamental miscalculation of what the software should be.

I’m confident that Apple will be able to fix the bugs (word is that “iOS 7.1 is the true vision of iOS 7”), I’m not confident that Microsoft will be able to fix Windows 8. In fact, it sounds like they’re already admitting they can’t.

Bottom line: I’m a fan of the vision of iOS 7, I just can’t believe how buggy it is. When you consider that they were trying to keep the new 64-bit chips a secret leading up to launch, you likely have some sort of explanation for the bugs (though still incredibly un-Apple-like from a quality perspective).

Windows 8 should never have shipped the way it is. The “no compromise" approach was actually the opposite — it was a huge compromise. They should have picked one vision. Instead, we have traditional Windows users who hate all the Metro stuff and new Surface users who hate the traditional Windows stuff. It’s the worst of both worlds. A shitshow.

A Clear And Present Shitshow

October 9, 2012, perhaps emboldened by a few tasty beverages, I went on a bit of a rant on Twitter:

11:45 PM Apparently tip-toeing around it isn’t enough so I’ll just come out and say it: Windows 8 is going to be a shitshow.

11:46 PM One man’s opinion perhaps, but it’s not really. I’ve talked to a lot of folks on both sides and as we get closer I’m much more confident.

11:46 PM Total. Shitshow. Just wait.

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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.

Gregg Keizer:

By NPD’s tallies, Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all U.S. commercial notebook sales in 2013 through November, and 10% of all computers and tablets. Both shares were up massively from 2012; last year, Chromebooks accounted for an almost-invisible two-tenths of one percent of all computer and tablet sales.

Stephen Baker of NPD pointed out what others had said previously: Chromebooks have capitalized on Microsoft’s stumble with Windows 8. “Tepid Windows PC sales allowed brands with a focus on alternative form factors or operating systems, like Apple and Samsung, to capture significant share of a market traditionally dominated by Windows devices,” Baker said in a Monday statement.

Part of the attraction of Chromebooks is their low prices: The systems forgo high-resolution displays, rely on inexpensive graphics chipsets, include paltry amounts of RAM — often just 2GB — and get by with little local storage. And their operating system, Chrome OS, doesn’t cost computer makers a dime.

Even more remarkable: two Chromebooks, one by Samsung and one by Acer, are the two best-selling laptops on all of Amazon (and a second Acer model is #5).

It perhaps took a bit longer than originally anticipated, but The Microsoft Squeeze is now being fully applied.

Alex Wilhelm:

If Apple were to charge for the update to OS X after Microsoft — a company notorious for high software prices — made its own update free, Apple would appear quite miserly.

I like the notion that Apple followed Microsoft’s lead here — and was actually forced to — as if Microsoft had any choice other than to try to correct the shitshow that has been Windows 8 with a free update. (Much like Apple did way back in the day with OS X 10.1, by the way.)

You could also argue that these Windows 8.X releases are more akin to OS X 10.9.X releases, which have always been free.

But the key point is that Apple has now stated that all versions of OS X are going to be free going forward. Do you think Microsoft is going to do that with all future versions of Windows? Considering that selling that software is one of their core businesses, it’s hard to see how they could possibly do that. Which is why they need the hardware business to work.

Gregg Keizer:

In April, NPD DisplaySearch said that about 12% of notebooks sold in 2013 would be equipped with touch.

Those numbers bode ill for Microsoft, which has tied Windows 8 to touch on all platforms, not just tablets. It bet that buyers would find Windows 8 attractive because it was designed as a touch OS, repeatedly describing the radical overhaul as “touch-first.” The Redmond, Wash. developer assumed that once customers tried Windows 8 on touch-equipped traditional form factors, like clamshell-style notebooks, they would love the operating system.

That thinking led Microsoft months ago to blame Windows 8’s sluggish start on too-few touch PCs at launch.

"Frankly, the supply was too short,” said Tami Reller, at the time the CFO of the Windows division, in January. “I mean, there was more demand than there was supply in the types of devices that our customers had the most demand for.”

Microsoft’s message was clear: If touch PCs had been more prevalent, Windows 8 would have gotten out of the gate faster. And once touch was more widely available, the new operating system would power a rebound in PC sales.

But half a year after Reller’s finger-pointing and nine months after Windows 8’s debut, most customers are taking a pass on touch, said O’Donnell.

Supply was too short to meet the next-to-no demand. Okay. Microsoft is running out of things to blame for Windows 8.

John Paczkowski:

Nasty allegations and a brutal condemnation of Microsoft’s tablet strategy, which Robbins Geller says has “eviscerated” about $34 billion of Microsoft’s market value. The suit seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Microsoft common stock between April 18, 2013, and July 18.

Uh, what about those of us who actually bought the damn thing? I want a piece of that (class) action.

Frederic Lardinois:

At some point in the past, Microsoft must have looked at the success of the iPhone and Android phones and to keep up with the times, somebody in the company made the prediction that going forward, all of our devices would soon be touch and Microsoft went all in with this idea. The company had previously toyed with touch, but now, it was going to bet its future — and that of its OEM partners — on it.

This rings true. The focus was on the most obvious element of these devices, touch, but overlooked was the fact that the use of touch arose from a very natural interaction with the form factor. Not so with PCs.