Five Reasons Windows 8 Will Disappoint Users

Microsoft and Intel are two companies that everyone loves to hate. This hatred may be sparked by jealously, because of the huge amount of wealth both companies have accumulated, or just disdain for how both companies have been lethal in their dealings with competitors. However, the reason for such animosity doesn’t really matter when one just focuses on the fact that these two formidable opponents have created an insatiable appetite for their products. Of course, with its mounting success, Apple found it needed to increase its momentum by further whetting the consumer’s appetite with an even sweeter offering. This came in the form of the iPad, the most successful tablet ever offered to the public on a national scale. As anyone in the know is aware, the consumer bit and this succulent morsel brought with it an unprecedented desire to own this unique tablet computer, a tablet without a Windows OS, and one that wasn’t powered by an Intel processor.

In order to compete with this new phenomenon, Microsoft attempted to create its own version of a touchscreen operating system for its products. However, even though this technology was introduced in its Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 software, it failed terribly, and the company’s touchscreen support was dismal and disappointing, to say the least. As a result of this failure, Intel’s rivals such as NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments (plus others), that were offering their ARM-based architecture, began to take charge of the tablet market. Then, putting Microsoft further on the hot seat, Amazon released its first tablet computer (Amazon’s Kindle Fire) in December, 2011. For its tablet, Amazon chose to use a variation of the Google Android operating system, along with a CPU from Texas instruments, thus creating yet another new consumer toy — one that has been selling like hot cakes.

So why will Windows 8 disappoint users?

Given the departure from the well-traveled Windows railroad, we as consumers discovered that we could actually live without Windows. Even if this was simply the result of being derailed and finding that Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android OS worked very well for us, it was most likely enough to wake Microsoft up to the realization that consumers are not only fickle, but that most of them couldn’t care less what type of processor their devices use. In fact, it is generally accepted that consumers will be happy just as long as their devices work and function properly.

With even momentary freedom from the Windows train, the consumer further became aware that the Windows logo or Intel Inside label was no longer a quality guarantee. As a result, the masses continued to climb aboard the Apple Express seeing for themselves that a quality, non-Windows and non-Intel product, addressed their basic needs, which included the ability to surf the Internet, send email, and participate with others on social networking sites. However, the cost was prohibitive for some, creating a niche for such tablets as the Amazon Kindle Fire, which appealed to those of us without an unlimited income; it further showed that a non-Windows operating system could work on a small device. For many, this then illustrated that, perhaps, the computer world has moved past the need for a Windows environment to meet its basic computing needs.

The next stop on Microsoft’s journey requires that we take a look at its past operating system history. This alone could be a major problem in convincing consumers and the technology world that Windows 8 is a must-have upgrade. The reason for this skepticism may be seen when we take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the operating systems and how well — or not-so-well — they were accepted:

Windows 95 was OK, but Windows 98 was the upgrade that actually worked.

Windows ME was a disaster, and Windows 2000 was OK, but it wasn’t until Windows XP that users elected to upgrade.

Windows Vista was OK, but Windows 7 was the must-have upgrade to consider.

The question, then: Will Windows 8 be just OK, or will it take Windows 9 to garner our attention since Windows 8 will be the test OS for the tablet computer?

As ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley quoted from IDC [December 5, 2011]:

“Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs, and we expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor.”

Microsoft is late entering the tablet market, and its developers are still in the process of developing applications for the Metro GUI. Unfortunately for Microsoft, this is occurring at a time when many of us have already spent our allotment of electronic dollars on such popular Apple products as the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and the applications to use on them. This malady also extends to Android users, since their Android phone contracts and their Android tablets as well as their applications may have also exhausted their budget goals. Even us Google Chrome browser users have more applications to sort through. Also to Microsoft’s disadvantage is the introduction of Amazon’s new pile of applications available to purchase for the existing devices that don’t even include the number of books, movies, or music we have already bought.

If Microsoft believes that the people who upgrade or buy a new Windows 8-installed tablet or PC will be enthused about buying more applications, I personally believe that it is in for a rude awakening.

Five Reasons Windows 8 Will Disappoint UsersMicrosoft seems to think that the buying public is composed of idiots and, just because something says Windows, we will buy it. Windows 8 is nothing more than the Windows Phone interface on top of Windows 7. What the company does not realize is that some, like Gartner, are already projecting the dominance of Apple and Google on the tablet platform up until 2015.

Gartner goes on to project that by the end 0f 2011, the Apple iPad tablet will have sold 47M units and that the Google Andoid tablet will sell an estimated 11M units, for a total of 57M units. That is 57M people or families that will not be buying a Metro-controlled device. Microsoft’s Metro-controlled device is expected to fare even worse by 2015, when Apple is forecast to command an impressive lead of some 148M units with Android at 116M units for a total of approximately 264M units. In comparison, Gartner projects Microsoft’s Windows-based tablet platforms to hit a dismal 36M units total, which is minimal compared to the company’s traditional dominance over the PC.

Price, however, is likely to be the biggest killer of the Windows 8 tablet platform since the masses have learned that they don’t have to pay a premium price to meet their tablet needs. After all, Amazon proved this with its reasoning that if it provides its tablet at near cost, the applications will more than recoup any losses that are experienced in the beginning. Microsoft, unlike Apple and Amazon, doesn’t possess the infrastructure to produce its own hardware or the services to support its own OS. This is going to be a crucial issue. That being said, one can only assume that as more folks learn that a tablet computer meets all of their needs, Windows 8 may already be doomed to the railroad graveyard.

On the other hand, here are five reasons that Windows 8 will impress users.

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Anonymous

    “Windows 8 is nothing more than the Windows Phone interface on top of Windows 7″. Oh please. Just because we’ve been shown a Metro UI integrated into Windows 8 clearly doesn’t indicate that’s all they’ve been developing over the last 3 years. That’s just plain stupid thinking – at least wait until the OS itself has been released before making such a ridiculous comment.

    • Karl

      Microsoft Windows 8 will fail because it is a touch based interface bolted on top of Windows 7, where as Google Android and Apple iOS were designed from the ground up to be a touch based interface. 

      • Joker81784

        Only iOS was developed from the ground up as a touch device. Androids source ui code was designed for a blackberry-style ui with a touch overlay. That’s why it lags just a little bit vs iOS being smoother than silk.

  • wut

    Typical anti-Microsoft article trying to pass off opinion as fact. It’s really no wonder no one takes Lockergnome seriously.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      You saw our corresponding article, right? I’m guessing not.

      • http://twitter.com/hugh111 hugh nixon

        chris, while I agree that you havent taken sided and you have included an article that makes it balanced (that people need to read before commenting) I think lockergnome should have a 1 balanced article showing the points of for and against, however I see why you would not want to do this. p.s. I’m not either a winodws or apple fanboy!

    • Anonymous

      Wut, a Microsoft fanboy

  • Joe

    It’s proven that the majority of people don’t bother reading these retarded articles. This guy is just an Apple fan boy spouting off before he’s even seen the finished product.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Have you BOTHERED to read the corresponding article?!

      • Robert Fletcher

        Actually most of the time I find Chris to be just honest. I think he says what he actually believes to be true. He even goes as far to analyze things from both sides.  Not many people can do that if they are in madly love with Apple or Microsoft. Be sure to read both of the articles which is why I think he writes both sides so he gives an unbiased opinion eventhough personally he may lean one way or the other.

  • Rokpuru

    What pathetic nonsense, a terrible biased article… I wonder who would give this article the light of day…

  • John Doughty

    There are only two things i see that are borderline wrong (emphasis on border). Apple doesn’t make the hardware for the iPad, that is Foxxconn (who’s pissed employee’s are responsible for the leaks on the iPad 3). And two, this doens’t factor in one thing that Windows hasn’t even had a chance to push. It has hardcore games already. If they can make tablets play PC games with little editting on the game developer side, they could win over the hardcore gamer.

    That said, they do have alot to learn to make it a success on a platform that has an even market share, because if you are going to make one of the few hardcore games specifically for tablet (instead of porting it from the PC) you are going to make it for the iPad right now.

    Chances are the windows 8 OS will be good (played with the windows 7.5 phones, they are actually intuitive and fun), but that alone won’t be enough to save it. They need a niche to catch on.

  • http://twitter.com/Techgeek564 Josh Briggs

    I can give you 5 reason as to why you are over exaggerating and not waiting till Beta Stage. Look at Windows 7 and Vista. They weren’t that great in dev preview. By the time they hit beta they got better.

    • http://twitter.com/pceasy PC Easy

      Vista? Really? Are you kidding? That was a complete disaster.

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  • Anonymous

    What I heard is that, they both made from the ground up but iOS has better coding. Like making game bad coding can glitch up but good coding will run smoothly. Apple is using more time on patching iOS than Google for Android.

    • Anonymous

      iOS is “smooth” because it has a very limited device group to satisfy. It is alot easier to write code that is for a very limited hardware set. Google Android runs on literally hundreds of different phones. That and the graphically boosted ui actions for a visual smoothness on iOS. I like them both, but that is why I consider the software superior in performance. 

      • Anonymous

        Man you people are lost. No one knows what the original design for Android was, but it’s been showed that a touch interface was in the works before they revealed the Blackberry style interface.

        Now the reason Android lags more, is because it runs applications inside a virtual machine, kind of like having all your computer applications be java. Then there is the fact that the OS has more tasks running in the background, by using a more conventional model of multi-tasking. Finally, because it is a little harder to optimize for each device.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lotyboy Joshua Barkdull

    Microsoft should stick to desktop/laptop computers. Tablets are going to lose the mobile war to Smartphones anyway.

  • Aryeh Goretsky

    Hello,

    An interesting article, but I think there is a bit of overspeculation about Windows 8, which probably won’t be cleared up until it appears, presumably in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season. I have a Metro UI device, a Samsung Focus which runs Windows Phone 7.5, and all of my IT coworkers who have tried it marvel at the speed and fluidity of the device, even though its hardware is much more modest in comparison to their Android devices, iPhone 4s’ or even the Nook Color tablet I am typing this on now. That is not to say that Metro’s simplicity is perfect–the phone lacks many of the advanced features that made Windows Mohile, it’s predecessor, sucessful in the marketplace, but I yave no reason to disbelieve that Microsoft can extend the experience beyond the phone to tablets, slstes and other so-called “post PC” devices.

    From what I have seen and read so far of Windows 8, it really seems to fill a need–real, perceived, or otherwise–to bridge the PC and post-PC worlds. Whether it will or not, though, is a bit difficult to tell at this time.

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky

  • http://twitter.com/weecamscott Cameron Scott

    the OS is the  foundation the app’s get you the functionality so you could have a grate OS but with out the app’s your OS is useless to a consumer Windows has app’s gives you the functionalityMac OSX lion has app’s gives you the functionality linux has app’s gives you the functionality Android has app’s gives you the functionality IOS has app’s gives you the functionality WP7 has app’s gives you the functionality pick what you like they all do the same at the end of the day for the  consumer 

    • http://twitter.com/hugh111 hugh nixon

      Yes, I completrly agree with this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/killerfishmonkey Jeff Kretzler

       um… even windows 98 had “apps” they were called applications, AND.. you got them from the source. if you needed a flash player you went to adobe, if you needed design software you went to Autodesk. why do people feel an app store is the best thing ever… because I feel it is the worst. it splits profits from the people who make the software to the people who make the OS.  then again these are people who think the computer doesn’t work when the internet is down.

  • Pablo rubianes

    Vista was not ok!!! was a disaster!!

  • Anibalv

    windows need to take back the project broke it, and redo it. because phone interface suck badly, and people are getting tired of the microsoft game, upgrade or stay behind and forcing company with no budget to upgrade. This is the karosel of microsoft wealth.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I have to disagree to you. I think windows will revolutionize the tech world, well atleast the Windows part. I think its a great idea having Metro UI for phones, tablets, and comps. Its similar to  iMac, iPad, and iPhone.

    Btw, Metro UI looks much more attractive than freaking 4×4 boxes.

  • http://twitter.com/Yitih The Other Side.

    “That being said, one can only assume that as more folks learn that __a
    tablet computer meets all of their needs__, Windows 8 may already be
    doomed to the railroad graveyard.”

    Have you tried using a touch interface for writing over any prolonged period of time? It’s horrible! For certain tasks, and especially gaming and office work, as of now keyboard and mouse is a must!

    • Dan G.

      The Apple wireless keyboard works with the iPad along with countless aftermarket iPad keyboard/case solutions for just such occasions when typing lengthy documents is impractical to do using just a touch interface. Windows is doomed to forever play catch up against Apple. You’ll never see people camping out in long lines in front of a store waiting for a Windows based product to be released. Microsoft should just run with its XBOX products and forget about trying to compete in the OS and tablet market.

  • E T Watson

    Honestly why doesn’t every one switch to linux. Its free and its sort of both of Windows and Mac.

  • Scott

    While I agree that Windows is no longer a necessity and that users will be able to live comfortably without using it, I do not think that point should be classified as a reason why users will be disappointed with Windows 8. That particular point is not even specific to any version of Windows, it is just a generalized observation. At this point in time, there are so many alternatives available for just about everything (services, applications, OSes, etc), that it isn’t really necessary to use any particular solution over another. While it’s perhaps an interesting observation to make, I do not think it belongs in an article that has such a narrow focus as this article has (or is supposed to have).

  • http://twitter.com/jsaddison Scott Addison

    As stated at the end of the article I think the price of Windows8 will be the most important. I think it will determine whether MS stays relevant as a OS on the tablet or PC. 

  • http://twitter.com/jrdn_v Jordan Vasquez

    The first point threw me off a bit.. I mean doesn’t Apple use Intel processors in their line of Macs anyways?  I could see if the author was just stating the mobile devices offered by Apple.

  • nilst2011

    “Windows 7 was the must-have upgrade to consider” – i say NOPE !

    Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows XP x64 are the operatingsystem that are worth running.

    Vista and Windows 7 are some real crap. Windows 8 i don’t even believe in. More crappier crap.

    • Raven

       How are you suppose to run a DirectX11 on Windows XP?

  • http://www.facebook.com/killerfishmonkey Jeff Kretzler

     have you ever tried gaming on linux.. not so easy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gautam-Divekar/100000122107577 Gautam Divekar

    I think they should make a windows 8 pc with a full 10 point touch screen 23 inch display which is also an x86 platform with ” all in one form factor ” ….. I would sooooo buy that … they can have me money … also good drivers srom beginning of win8 transition for users across manufacturers…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gautam-Divekar/100000122107577 Gautam Divekar

    I think they should make a windows 8 pc with a full 10 point touch screen 23 inch display which is also an x86 platform with ” all in one form factor ” ….. I would sooooo buy that … they can have me money … also good drivers srom beginning of win8 transition for users across manufacturers…