Farewell Windows 8, we hardly knew ya...


Despite growth from other operating systems in desktop or mobile platforms, Microsoft Windows remains the biggest player in both consumer and business markets. This is why even the slightest changes to Windows' design can cause major upsets to users around the world.

Windows 8 was a huge failure, the Redmond-based software giant over-estimated the market's willingness to learn all the "new features" the OS had to offer. But perhaps the bigger problem was their miscalculation in why users chose to use Windows in the first place.

Many users "stuck" with Windows, even know Mac OS X is much more intuitive and advance, or Linux OS like Ubuntu is free and open-sourced, is because most users hate changes. And perhaps the segment of PC population that hate changes the most is the business sector.

Computers for business users are tools. Yes, there's value-add in aesthetics, good design and the vanity element, but for users who care for such have most likely switched to Mac already. So the remaining business users don't really care about UI design improvements or gimmicky hand-gestures input methods that no-one can remember.

Business owners hate Windows 8 even more, because the fundamental concept of the OS was integration of personal content consumption WITH business content production. Users are forced to start their business day with a bunch of tiles about their favorite sports news, friend's status on Facebook, or the latest trending tweets.

Employees are either quickly distracted by the tiles or they have to repeatedly click on the "desktop" tile everyday just to skip the main screen. Throughout the day, they hardly ever switch back to the tiled-screen. After a while, most Windows 8 users don't even recall seeing the tile screen, all that nice design is purely a placeholder for users to find that most important block named "desktop".

Is it even surprising that employers reject "upgrading" their computer to this new OS?

Like Windows Vista to Windows XP, after hearing all the negative comments about the new OS, most users looking to buy a new computer asked if they can have it in Windows 7 platform. This reluctance to upgrade to a newer, shinnier system has become a trend for Microsoft. Perhaps this is the reason they dropped Windows 9 altogether, so to distant the new OS from Windows 8 numerically?

So finally, Windows 10 is here, and I can't wait to upgrade immediately. I'm usually not a pioneer in new OS, knowing all the bugs and potential risks of incompatibility. This time is different though, there's no way Windows 10 can be worse than Windows 8, even with all the bugs.

This is still my first day with the new OS, I will write another blog in a month of two. Hopefully by then, I will have a better evaluation of all the improvements and disappointments.

Still, I already have a few first impressions:

Windows 10's biggest feature, its most fundamental selling-point is "roll-back". The return of the Start Button, the elimination of the tiles startup screen and the removal of the confusing dual-platform (well, partly anyways) are the main reasons users and analysts are cheering around the world for a job well-done.

Simply put, it's Windows 7 with nicer deisgn and a new browser. Perhaps that's all users ever wanted in the first place. It is long over-due, but kudos to Microsoft for finally getting it right.

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