Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Gartner Guru Retracts Windows 8 Criticism

Gunnar Berger is a research director at Gartner (the company has  a lot of research directors, trust me). Berger mentioned in his blog that when Windows 8 runs on a standard machine with a mouse and keyboard, it's "bad."

Berger retracted that statement -- it's unclear whether Microsoft or his employer exerted any pressure in the turnaround.

Here's the thing. According to many of you, the loyal and insightful Redmond Report readers, when run on a standard machine with a mouse and keyboard, Windows 8 is, indeed, bad.

Berger pulled the line from his blog and in a follow-up interview argues that Windows 8 is "actually really good."

What I learned from you, at least those of you beta testing Win 8, is the OS's worth directly relates to the type of machine you use. If you have a touch tablet, it's pretty good, though switching from Metro to the standard desktop interface, which you are forced to do, is (as Mitt might say) disconcerting.

Trying to use it with just a mouse and keyboard isn't just bad, it's terrible, some of you told me.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/03/2012 at 1:19 PM


Featured

  • Microsoft Highlights Emerging Kubernetes Scalability and Governance Efforts

    Microsoft this week highlighted some emerging efforts to improve both the scalability and governance of the open source Kubernetes container orchestration service.

  • Microsoft Ending Azure Container Service Support in 2020

    Microsoft gave notice earlier this month that it will be ending its Azure Container Service on Jan. 31, 2020.

  • Microsoft Releases Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business

    Microsoft released a new tool, Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business, earlier this month, providing a means for IT pros to find and troubleshoot problems on Microsoft Surface devices.

  • How To Enable Guest Access for Office 365

    While it's possible to give outside users access to certain content in your organization's Office 365 environment, the process of setting them up requires a few extra steps.

comments powered by Disqus
Most   Popular

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.