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Windows 8 Not Doing Great

IT is taking a huge wait and see attitude with Windows 8. Most shops are in the midst of Windows 7 adoption, a fairly smooth upgrade from XP for end users. If you can use XP you can use Win 7.

Windows 8, on the other hand, is highly disruptive. And many are struggling to figure out its dual interfaces. You, the Redmond Report reader, either love or hate Win 8.

Consumers are equally troubled. If you are looking for a tablet, the iPad is the gold standard while Android-based devices are cheap. If you are looking for a PC, Windows 8 seems a bit weird.

All this has consumer demand lower than Sylvia Plath. Windows 8 sales are 21 percent lower than the equivalent PC sales last fall.

My guess is that Windows 8 is just an initial foray into tablet-style computing, and the version two or three years from now will smooth its huge wrinkles.

Meanwhile Apple has an opportunity to build a true Win 8 competitor, either a Mac with a tablet UI or an iPad with real productivity possibility, a Surface version of the iPad, so to speak.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/07/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Sun, Jan 13, 2013 linux user why_you_need_to_know???

I gave Win 8 a try. My Desktop is not a phone. I think there will be a win 8.1 with start menu on start up.

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 James

I don'care what anybody says !! Apple is better !! Works better than Windows . More money but better !!

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 GS India

Get off "disruptive interface" bandwagon already! While I'm no fan of Microsoft & was apprehensive about Windows 8/2012 reading such articles, but I must say it just turned out to be different way of doing things. I have Win8 running on my old Dell Latitude XT, and boy after owning it for 5 years its finally running the way it should. Win8 is smooth, fast & fun on it. Same goes for Win2012 on my old & new servers. Now about the interface, how its different than confusing ipad interface? Or maybe between using multiple interfaces on multiple Linux dist, multiple versions of Windows, Mac, Android phone & tablets, and ipads now Win8 is not very surprising... just different & much same as others. Try it with open mind... you may like it... I do now.

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Roger Jennings Oakland, CA

Re "consumer demand lower than Sylvia Plath" seems like a strange comparison to me. When I was in college, her "Ariel" book of poems was a best seller. (Shows how old I am.) Her "Collected Poems" won the Pulitzer Prize. Were you referring to her suicide in your analogy?

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Brian Chicago

I consult on Windows XP upgrades all the time and enterprises are still making the Windows 7 SP1 x64 choice over Windows 8. I run Windows 8 on several different laptops and still struggle with stable wireless, power, and video drivers. Not to mention compatibility issue with VPN clients. I run a Windows 7 x64 HyperV until the market can get up to speed. Which works OK, but not ideal. I don't understand some of the choices Microsoft has made with the interface and my pipe dream hopes SP1 will bring back the Start Menu. As a desktop\laptop user I find myself rarely using the Start App (Metro) interface and have yet to discover any usefulness. When working with traditional applications there is nothing to drive me back to this interface. It might be useful with a touch screen, personally and professionally I can't justify the additional cost.

Fri, Dec 7, 2012

Don't get fooled by this article, None of articles like yours and others such as PC Sales down for ever, Windows sucks, Windows 8 sales lover than expected, and others are true, they're fake. I Seriously hate this article and will not recommend any articles like yours to others, including my friends

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Malvern, PA

While the PC hardware is generally in place to move to Windows 8, there's no guarantee that the supporting hardware you own is ready for it. In other words, just because my PC can run Windows 8 doesn't mean I have drivers for my scanner, printer, NIC, TV tuner, etc. It also doesn't mean that my favorite application will work well in a Windows 8 environment. Therefore, comparing to Windows 7 results a year ago is somewhat meaningless. It would be far more interesting to compare to Windows XP results two months after the OS shipped. My experience with Windows 8 is that the OS itself seems quite solid. In about a year, I suspect there will be much less hesitancy to adopt the new OS because the surrounding pieces will be in place as well.

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Charlotte, NC

Don't forget the Microsoft product environment, all the integration between EVERYTHING that involves Windows 8, etc. ... all that will make a huge difference going forward. Just look at SharePoint 2013 et al ... the VS 2012 development environment ... Surface the hardware may have great difficulty, and may turn out to just be a reference device, but Windows 8, Blue, Next, whatever it grows into, is just beginning to get rumbling ... Windows On-the-Go, Server 2012, Direct Access, no more VPN ...

Fri, Dec 7, 2012

On the home front I"m moving to Linux.

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