Dare I say Microsoft is actually AHEAD of its time with this release of Windows 8? I think they have a great new setup, I just don't think people are ready for a touch-based OS on their desktop yet.
Apple has been smart to keep OS X and iOS5/6 separate from each other, while still merging features into both that make logical sense.
Microsoft has obviously revolutionized the PC industry on more than one occasion, but hardware makers aren't producing touch devices for the masses yet, and Windows 8's departure from its typical "Windows GUI" is confusing and just weird at times. If I was learning it the first time, I might catch on quick enough, but if I've been a loyal Windows fan for decades now, I would be completely flabbergasted at the changes.
It reminds of me of when they changed the Office Suite's top navigation and it confused the heck out of everyone - this Windows release is the same thing, but worse in my opinion.
It's a beautiful OS in many ways, but it's WAY ahead of its time on the standard desktop PC. For touch devices, I think it'll be cool - though I doubt Surface will make a big splash either.
The smartest thing Microsoft has done is cut the price, but one has to wonder if they've only done that because they're worried about people NOT adopting the OS because of how radically different it is. Of course, ironically, by cutting the price, more people will adopt it, thus create total utter chaos if they can't figure it out. MS will be flooded with support inquiries.
Glad I don't work the MS Support desk this October, that's all I'm sayin'...
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