I’ve been using Windows 8 for a while now. Let me tell you: It really sucks. I wrote before that I didn’t like it, but being forced to use Windows 8, especially under the guise of trying to write a book for beginners, is very painful.
Since 1995 (or, seriously, 1996) when Microsoft introduced Windows 95, they’ve been training a generation of users to appreciate and understand the Windows interface. My kids grew up using Windows. I’ve used it for nearly two decades now. It’s as familiar as anything, which is why it’s popular and no longer cursed.
Yet, who knows what cranial aneurism took place to make Microsoft utterly forget all that history, all that training, all that loyalty, to foist upon the masses something wretched like Windows 8?
Oh! I get it!
It’s the damned iPad, of course. That, and the Apple iPhone plus all the Android smartphones out there. Those mobile gizmos sport a newfangled, touchscreen interface. They also introduced the legitimacy of owning a computing device that you don’t actually use like a computer.
I believe that mobile devices have their place: There is a portion of the market that only does email, only browses the web, only does social networking. For them, the smarthpone, touchscreen interface does the job well. They are users, not producers. But to be productive, to actually create something, to function in an office-like environment, you need a full-on computer, with a screen, keyboard, and a traditional operating system.
Microsoft’s rationale behind Windows 8 seems to imply that they no longer understand how people use their products. They think you really want is a Windows Phone. Or a Windows tablet. Given the sales figures for Windows Phone, they’re utterly and completely wrong on that front.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Yet it’s with gusto and zeal that they’re about to force Windows 8 upon the masses.
Apple has avoided this mistake. They’re slowly merging both iOS and the Mac OS, training their users along the way. Microsoft is just slamming the door shut on that 20 years of training and suddenly announcing, “The future is here, get used to, sit down, shut up, and buy our stuff!”
It will fail.
Lamentably, there is only so much bitching I can do about Windows 8; my complaints aren’t going to change anything. If you really want to be entertained, check out the heaping volume of disgust rendered on the Windows 8 forums. Ignoring all that feedback is kind of sad, but Microsoft apparently doesn’t care.
Prediction: Windows 8 will go down in history as the most reviled, hated operating system upgrade ever. It will eclipse Windows Vista (which wasn’t really that bad), and Windows ME (which was). Mark my words.