Oh boy, just when we thought the Start button controversy was behind us, another report pops up laying the blame for slow sales solely on the Windows 8 Start Screen.
Research firm IDC believes that the lack of a Start button in Windows 8 is one of the reasons the new operating system is termed unappealing. It just put out a new report detailing the PC hardware industry, and again blamed Windows 8 for this decline.
Analyst Bob O’Donell had this to say:
“While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.”
IDC explains that the Start Screen remains one of the major reasons why people stay away from Windows 8, leading to a decline in sales of not just the new operating system but also PC hardware.
For better or for worse, those still hoping to see an official Start button making an appearance on Windows sometime in the future are set to be left disappointed.
Microsoft has already expressed its intention to solely and solemnly focus its attention on the Start Screen. The upcoming update to the OS, Windows Blue, brings plenty of improvements but only minor UI changes.
The future may be bright — but the future also is Start Screen.