Linux Leader Once Again Praises Windows 8

Windows 8 has its share of fans and detractors. But Mark Shuttleworth has often praised Microsoft’s new platform. And once again, the Linux guru had some wholesome good words for the operating system in a recent interview.

Speaking of which, the platform has had it tough ever since release — even as Windows 8 steadily increases its user base, many experts and analysts around the world have criticized it.

But there are plenty of people who appreciate Microsoft’s intention of setting a new trend in the operating system market. This merging of two worlds (desktop and tablet) is a bold new frontier, and Windows 8 is the very base of this evolution.

Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of Canonical, the company behind the highly popular Ubuntu distribution of Linux. In an interview with TechRadar, the Linux expert said that Microsoft has actually made Windows 8 the foundation of a bold new transition.

And this is actually one of major reasons why so many people are criticizing it:

“Microsoft has clearly articulated a design vision that’s designed to expand across platforms. As much criticism as Windows 8 has taken, I have to agree with them. It recognizes it needs to make a bold foundation. It’s very difficult to make bold transitions like that without tickling somebody’s nose hairs.”

Numbers, however, are slowly aligning with Windows 8 — the new OS is currently installed on over 5 percent of the computers worldwide, according to the latest statistics.

And while Microsoft has reportedly admitted internally that the operating is not selling well enough up until now, all eyes are on Windows 8.1, the first upgrade to the platform that the software titan believes will be a tad more familiar for users.