It has nothing to do with learning curve I am afraid. TOUCH is great for portable devices, but it has no place for regular computers. Why would I want to keep raising my arm and fingerprinting the screen when the mouse will do with lesser effort? Also, METRO UI is so poorly designed. Whoever pushed this crappy UI within MS should be ashamed.
Acer thinks there is a learning curve for touch while touch demand is strong. I know the insulated executives at these companies don't get out much, but how can they continue to completely miss that Metro is not designed to work with traditional keyboard, mouse, and touchpad? You need touchscreens to actually use it without going crazy! That is why demand there is strong! Traditional users without touch devices avoid Metro like the plague! Acer might as well stop selling non-touch computers if they want to stick with Windows 8.
[citation][nom]wlachan[/nom]It has nothing to do with learning curve I am afraid. TOUCH is great for portable devices, but it has no place for regular computers. Why would I want to keep raising my arm and fingerprinting the screen when the mouse will do with lesser effort? Also, METRO UI is so poorly designed. Whoever pushed this crappy UI within MS should be ashamed.[/citation]
Like in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” - Microsoft Engineers Deliver a Global Extinction Event to Their Own Creation – The X86 PC Industry
“Ironic outcome” doesn’t do justice to Microsoft’s latest attempt at a contemporary UI known as Windows 8. That is, given the collateral effect it’s having on already anemic PC sales in this perfect storm of market conditions. Traditional platform PC Industry C-Suite execs are now pointing quivering fingers as they give an accounting to their board of directors. Any BOD worth its salt should really be asking these highly paid suits why they’ve kept doubling down on Microsoft this long. Were they counting on some sort of “great awakening” of global PC sales ignited by the advent another stellar version of Windows. If so they must of either been high or just plain stupid. The most appropriate plurality is…dullards. Stockholders should demand a public accounting of the true culprits in military tribunal fashion. Yes, the boards themselves are responsible. Most of those BOD dudes are retired old nerds trying for another shot. We deal with a parade of these guys in NYC attempting to sell us on their roadmaps almost daily. As the saying goes “No fool like an old one”. Oh mother, how true.
Windows 8 is built around new “hip UI" reminiscent of botched cosmetic surgery (like the lady’s face at the restaurant you try not to stare at). None of us here on Wall Street were surprised this thing sank like a rock and we won’t go public until the end of Q1 when final numbers post. Perhaps the most ironic outcome is the benefit to our industry itself now that we can better predict investor risk based upon how tightly coupled any firm’s roadmap is to Windows 8. I’m referring specifically now to X86 CPU firms since they’re genetically linked to Windows.
The Microsoft legacy of inflicting poor user experiences doomed the Windows PC since birth. A certainty once there were any other alternatives. The market began moving past the Microsoft PC the exact moment the first email was received on a smart phone. Today’s young mass market user only adds tech that is lifestyle enriching and that user makes a value judgment within the first 15 seconds of use. So given what we know of the Microsoft user experience history, what are their chances of giving the traditional or non-traditional PC an attractive facelift? One you don’t just stare at in disgust in a cloud oriented marketplace where all the other patrons are productive, happy and attractive? Don’t stare!
How about making a better and/or cheaper unit with Win 7 ? Is it really that hard to understand? People buy new hardware because they're old stuff ... is old and slow. Not because they want to learn a new way to do the same thing.
window 8 is a joke! most pc uses do not want to touch a screen to use there pc and what happens when you sit back to watch a video or tv or play a game . you have to look at a screen with hundreds of finger prints totally taking away from your so say windows experience!. windows 8 only works on mobile devises that are in your hand dummies (or are they ?). i thinks bill gates wants us to all using tablets and notebooks as he cant be this stupid!!
Windows 8 can be a success if the stupid MS doesn't make Metro the "default" shell and FORCE people to deal with it. I actually don't mind Metro in Windows 8, I am trying to live with it. But if MS "give the option" to boot directly into desktop and/or show Start button. Many people and business will not be as hostile toward it.
BTW, Windows 8 is a GREAT OS if you look pass the MetroUI. It is fast and light on resource. Again I HIGHLY recommend to take that $40 (or $15 if you can find a way ;p) Windows 8 Pro upgrade deal if you are using Windows XP or Vista.
everyone seems to forget NO ONE liked XP when it came out even a year later and suddenly everyone loves it and uses it and forgets
then we had Vista same deal, but then Microsoft releases 7 - the same on the outside with a blue theme and people like it what a surprise, no one realizes its the same thing
and now we have 8, and a big surprise everyone chucks a fuss
give it a year people will love it and accept it, iv only seen this trend going on for YEARS, its getting old, the amount of stubborn dinosaurs that wont accept change, you cant tell me you dont know a systems admin that wont move from Server 2003 and XP installs and avoids anything 64 -- think there weird? That is most of you out there NOW.
It is actually not that bad. A Service pack could bring back the classic start menu and give users a choice: whether to boot with classic start menu or the new fancy Metro UI one. Both touchscreen tablet users and PC users would be happy.