Emphasis on the keyword, some, here, please! It is always nice to hear details from the horse’s mouth, and even though Redmond talks Windows 8 ever so occasionally, this here is a detailed interview.

Microsoft’s communication head, Frank Shaw, recently talking to TechRadar confirmed that some users had complained about its latest operating system, citing the user interface changes as the main reason of their discontent:

“It is a significant shift. Windows over time has improved in really significant ways; Windows 8 is a jump in terms of the touch-first focus and some of the new platform elements. So you make that jump and you start that drive again to make it better, make it better, make it better… More apps, more hardware, more functionality built in.”

But Shaw suggests that it is only a matter of time before everybody gets used to Windows 8. Microsoft is planning big things for this new platform, and it will be continually improved in the coming years.

One important thing of note is that he refused to comment on the possibility of a new Windows flavor at a very low price point, at least this summer:

“But there’s always this moment when you make the jump and everybody looks at that and says ‘that makes me nervous’ or ‘that change is hard’. We certainly see some of that as well. But we’re committed to building not just for the next month but for the next 18 months, 36 months – whatever the time is on this new platform.”

Right then, two key things that are clear from this particular interview is that Redmond is well aware of the user sentiment and response as far as Windows 8 is concerned. But all things considered, the company still has a very clear vision for the future and growth of its latest platform.

Which, considering how much rides on Windows 8, can never be a bad thing.

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  1. All what matters for me and our family: for us and friends, 8 is an instant love!

  2. Win 8 and its predecessors are all one in the same with advancements of course. Icon or tile takes the same place. In Win 8 has brought more engineering tool to the GUI an I applaud you, must of us gets it. Reading and understanding seems to be the problems with any new development for those who refuse to fully engage. Win 8 is a winner as I can begin any application in less than 4 seconds try that with Win 7 unless you are at cmd. Thank you

    • You nailed it with: “Reading and understanding seems to be the problems with any new development for those who refuse to fully engage.”

  3. It really is a desktop OS with a touchscreen interface put on top of it. I like it and use it on all of my PCs (plus a tablet). However, I wonder how hard it would have been to keep the old Start button as a secondary option for desktop users. Honestly, the charm bar and tiles bring little that is useful to a mouse/keyboard setup.

  4. It has nothing to do with not liking change or not reading and understanding. It has to do with being forced to use a touch interface on non-touch hardware and not providing options for those of us that do not have touch screens.

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