Five Reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival
Summary: Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Vista will have several things in
common: Both are unwanted operating system updates that will flop in the
Some of my die-hard Windows friends are very excited by Windows 8 arrival
later this year. Others fear that Windows 8 will be a repeat of
Microsoft’s Vista disaster. Me? I know Windows 8 will be a Vista-sized
1. No one needs Windows 8 on the desktop.
Quick: Name one thing about Windows 8 that they don’t already get from
Windows 7-or a great desktop Linux like Mint or Mac OS X Lion? I can’t.
2. Metro: An ugly, useless interface.
As everyone knows, Windows 8 has a totally new default interface: Metro.
When I look at Metro, however, I see gaudy colors, boxy designs,
applications that can either run as a small tile or as full screen with no
way to resize or move windows. Where have I seen this before? Wait, I
know! Windows 1.0!
3. Where are the Windows 8 Applications?
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (read Windows 8 public beta) will be here
real soon now and we still don’t know next to anything about Windows 8’s
applications. As Mary Jo Foley recently pointed out we still don’t even
know whether Office 15 will be Metro, non-Metro, or partially Metro.
4. Vexed Windows developers.
If you’re unhappy about the state of Metro applications, think about the
poor Windows programmers. You’ve spent years learning .NET, Windows
Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF),
and now they have to learn WinRT and Jupiter/XAML.
5. Too little, too late for the smartphone/tablet market
Metro’s real point, of course, isn’t for desktop users. It’s Microsoft’s
last gasp attempt to be a player on tomorrow’s computers: smartphones and
tablets. If Microsoft was bringing something truly revolutionary to mobile
devices, or they were still able to strong-arm original equipment
manufacturers (OEM)s into loading Windows on their devices, I think they’d
have a shot at the mobile space. Neither is true.
Smartphones are a dog fight between Android and iOS. Tablets did belong to
Apple, but now Samsung, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are giving the iPad a
fight for the tablet marketplace. Android and iOS are mature, have
enormous developer communities and are wildly popular. Heck, if you count
smartphones, thanks to the iPhone Apple is now the number one “PC” vendor
in the world.
Add it up. The majority of Windows users have only just switched over from
XP to Windows 7 in, at best, November 2011. Microsoft is now asking for
its users to switch to a platform with no significant improvements, a
radically different interface, and which is very likely to have few
applications. The result? Window 8 will be dead on arrival.
Is this why I'm hearing rumors now that Microsoft will come out with
Windows 7 (WP7?) tablets? Are they finally facing reality and thinking of
jettisoning the mess that is Metro for Windows 8?
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