Why Windows 8 will be successful despite the buzz and criticism

I have been one of the harsher critics of Windows 8 from the very beginning.

I was irritated at the new Windows 8 logo, the fact that the start menu was taken away and angry that Microsoft chose to bundle both the Metro (yes I call it Metro – still) interface and the traditional desktop together in the same OS.

My criticism has irritated my own readers to the point where they think i am an Apple fan.

Having said that, I think that the Windows 8 platform is far more likely to succeed than it is to fail.

Remember, I was a BIG critic. I am just looking at this objectively.

Windows 8 is NOT Windows Vista

It has been amusing to watch critics pile on about how bad Windows 8 is and how businesses will not adopt this. Recently, there has even been a resurrection of the dreaded V word – Vista.

This is utter nonsense.

I remember Windows Vista well. It had problems.

It was slow and had lots of bugs/driver conflicts etc. It was a big problem because by the time it got to the consumer, both of those issues were still apparent.

Windows 8 simply does not have those issues. The notion that it does or it might is just silly.

Is there controversy about Windows 8 right now? Yes.

This is because people are afraid of what they initially do not understand. It would be weird if people weren’t take aback by such a massive change.

It would actually be counter intuitive.

Gartner kinda have it wrong – (newsflash – shocking)

Gartner have said that enterprises will not adopt Windows 8 and the truth of the matter is that is 50% true and 50% nonsense.

The 50% that is true – Dell and others will tell you that companies are still going through the Windows 7 refresh cycle (from XP), this is not a great time to talk to executives about upgrading yet again. Not rocket science, it’s common sense.

The 50% that is nonsense – A lot of businesses will take a long look at Windows 8 and weigh some of it’s benefits against their needs and requirements.

BYOD, performance, application development, security, encryption, system management, Windows To Go etc are all better in this new release. Some of those businesses will move to Windows 8 slowly, some will move aggressively and some will not want to move at all.

It’s absolutely impossible for Gartner to know and therefore give us percentages – especially right now.

Will businesses use Windows 8?

Here’s the shocking truth – businesses have been looking for Windows 8 for quite a while, they just didn’t know they were.

As someone who has deployed ERP HR products, I could write chapters on the benefits of Windows To Go alone.

Over the next year, every reputable hardware vendor on earth will be focused on selling tablets, phones,desktops, servers and laptops to businesses.

A lot of these will be devices that can probably be managed with their existing staff, developed for with existing resources and supported by existing resources and Microsoft.

Oh and Microsoft will be in a position where they bend over backwards to make those installs go smoothly. Do you think Microsoft will be aggressive with Windows 8 business pricing? I’m pretty sure they will.

It’s a great soundbite to say businesses will not be interested but you have to remember, Microsoft have been selling into enterprises for DECADES.

There are many discounts, waived fees and free support levers that can be tweaked and pulled as needed.

Hardware OEM’s have to adapt or die

Dell, HP, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, Asus….the list goes on. These are all names that are depending almost entirely on Windows 8 to make their numbers next year.

It becomes an existential imperative for a lot of these companies to do WHATEVER they have to do in order to get buyers for their Windows 8 devices.

It means making sleek and sexy hardware that consumers want to buy.

It means innovating – something that a lot of these lazy bastards simply haven’t had to do in years.

Let’s be honest – the sad truth is that Windows 7 sold itself and for a while, that was enough.

Now consumers will have lots of choices to pick from. Some will look like Apple. Some will be BETTER looking than Apple products.

These OEM’s will be awake and aggressive over the next year or they’ll lose lots of money, it’s that simple. Capitalism 101.

A lot of people are tired of Apple’s premium pricing

All good things do in fact come to an end.

Apple have had the sexy device category to themselves for years. That is coming to an end next year.

The truth is, for the past couple of years if you walked into a computer store, the only laptops worth drooling over had an Apple logo. Netbooks came and went and Ultrabooks are still a mixed bag.

OEM’s will be forced to rectify this situation and innovate. This will lead to competition for Apple.

I’ll make you all a prediction – $2000 for a MacBook Pro worked last year and this year because there was a lack of good, competing hardware. It won’t fly this coming year.

Not if people can get a sexy HP Ultrabook with a touchscreen and detachable tablet for $899. It simply won’t make sense at that point.

I for one have a brand new MacBook Pro which will be history as soon as PC OEM’s get their act together. I am guessing I am not alone.

But developers won’t develop for Windows 8

There have been those who have been vocal critics of Windows 8 because they are scared of the Windows Store.

A new paradigm of certification, oversight and taxation has pissed off a bunch of game development houses.

This is to be expected.

I haven’t paid too much attention because this seems silly to me.

Of course they are upset, they may have to share some of their revenue with Microsoft going forward if they use the Windows Store. Once again, I would be surprised if they weren’t upset.

There are also those who say that Windows 8 only has 2500 applications and that’s a disaster….. even though it’s not even released yet. The stupidity of that is obvious.

But seriously, the Windows Store will be successful for one reason and one reason alone.

Capitalism.

While there will be the occasional high profile development shop angry about the Windows Store, the real question will be whether the average developer or development house feels the same way.

I don’t think they do.

As former President Bill Clinton says “It’s arithmetic”.

new global marketplace is opening up where hundreds of millions of eyeballs may find and want to buy new products. If you’re a developer, you could write the next Angry Birds. That’s a powerful carrot to dangle.

Of course as a talented developer, you could  always go to the other app stores down the street where they already have hundreds of thousands of apps. But that would make less business sense.

  • Windows Store -> Guaranteed huge global audience, less competing apps.
  • Apple + Android -> Smaller audiences, way more competing apps.

It’s not rocket science. Appreciating that is not being a Windows fanboy, it’s being a business person who understands supply and demand.

Then there’s Microsoft…

Microsoft have bet the farm on this product and they need this to work…but here’s the interesting thing, they don’t need it to work right now.

Tami Reller said it best when she told a global audience – Microsoft is cool with businesses and consumers taking some time – ” Windows 7 today, Windows 8 tomorrow”.

I think that Windows 8 is Microsoft’s long term game. When you play for the long term, you brace for the criticism and you ride through it. I remember that a lot of people (myself included) initially thought the iPad made no sense. Apple stayed the course.

When you have billions in the bank and are playing for the long term, you watch price points carefully and adjust accordingly. You decide if and when it makes sense for certain products to be loss leaders.

I expect over the next year Microsoft will be fine tuning hardware and software pricing and (behind the scenes) infuencing strategic partners in not so subtle ways.

In addition, for the first time ever, Microsoft are excercising the option to actually build their own hardware. They can build tablets, phones, desktops and laptops if they wish – they have those options and I suspect they will use them if Surface is successful.

As I have said before, it would be malpractice not to.

Microsoft have made a bold play for the future of PC computing – they need to stick with it. There can be no plan B.

This will be a marathon and not a sprint and it seems to me that Microsoft understand that.

So how will Windows 8 affect my choices?

In light of all this, here’s the bottom line for me.

Would I rush out and buy Windows 8 today for a desktop? No because my desktop is fast and has 8 gigs of ram.

For now, Windows 7 runs just fine but that’s not the whole story.

The real questions are:

  • If my desktop stopped working and I had to buy a new one, would I buy or install Windows 7 again? The answer is NO. I would happily move to Windows 8 for my next desktop PC. It’s faster, more secure and has more benefits.
  • If I had to buy a new tablet, would I buy a Windows 8 tablet as opposed to an iPad? The answer is MAYBE – depends on what Microsoft and the OEM’s do this holiday season and next year.
  • If I had to buy a new laptop or my Macbook Pro broke down, would I buy a Windows 8 hybrid/Ultrabook? YES, YES, YES. My MacBook Pro will be on Craigslist the second I see a Windows 8 laptop/notebook/hybrid that is sleek, sexy and detachable.

Apple have had a lot of the sleek and sexy market to themselves for a while. That changes in a few weeks.

Are there challenges ahead for Microsoft? Yes. Will the waters be very bumpy? Absolutely.

Having said that, for all the reasons above, this one time, I wouldn’t bet against Redmond.

That’s my take. What do you think?

Use the comments below and let me know…

  • Bolo

    I Think you hit the nial right on top.. I would like 2 commenmt on this No of App nosense, I have an Iphone 4s and a Galaxy S2, they have millions of Apps, but only about 10% make sense and a must 2 have, but the rest r absolutely rubbish ,n make no sense, with the exclusion of games ofcause, So this thing of MS only having a few app being a problem is Nonsense, I rather download 5 apps that I rely on on daily basis that 10 million that I never use. I think developers should start developing apps that are worth buying, n stop puting their own comments on the reviews to trick us. U cant believe how many app I’ve bought and unisntalled over the past year.

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      Yeah I alwasy thought the number of apps argument was nonsense….

  • Kane

    I have to agree with you !
    it was a fair and realistic article.

    I LOLed here “My criticism has irritated my own readers to the point where they think i am an Apple fan. ”
    yeah , I’m among them. (LOL)

    Microsoft and especially its OEMs were in a deep sleep until recently , but now , they are awake , but it is not enough , they need to be innovative and show us sexy device.
    and yes, it is indeed a marathon , but they can do it.

  • Nick

    Windows 8 IS going to be a huge success.

    Why? Because I have been using it on my office laptop since day 1. As in day 1 of the 1st preview version. And since that day, my 3 years old laptop has performed better than it ever did on Windows 7. It boots faster, applications run better and I haven’t had a single issue till today.
    And working in IT, I have SQL 2012 running on it, an ERP fully installed on it and even installed the Office 2013 preview, all working better than on my colleagues newer laptops.

    Getting used to the Metro interface was extremely easy and being someone who likes keyboard shortcuts, I find the new interface extremely simple to use and can access any application faster than in the old menu. I have EASILY convinced some friends who hated the interface at first that it is actually BETTER and a step FORWARD.

    I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Windows 8 will prove to be a huge success.

    • http://hopecenterny.org David Mapes

      I’m going to dual boot my office laptop right now, you’ve convinced me, and the office is the best place for me to try it out. (I’ve sort of been cutesy monkeying around with it since developer, but up till now, a bit gun shy.) Thanks for taking the risk for me and now reporting it.

      • Brad Wright

        Just a warning. If your company uses Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), even version 12.1, it will not run on Windows 8. I downloaded Windows 8 Professional and product keys from Microsoft Partners over the weekend and upgraded my Samsung Slate tablet, and before the installation began, it listed several programs that needed to be uninstalled. SEP was one of them. I checked Symantec for a compatible version, and although it did indicate that 12.1 is not compatible with Windows 8, it could be installed using a custom installation to exclude the components that make it incompatible. So I did just that. It seemed to install perfectly, updated the virus definitions, and asked for a reboot to complete the installation. I rebooted, and the tablet never booted again. It kept coming up with an error that I discovered through a web search was a Symantec error. Anyway, I had to wipe the tablet and restore it from the Samsung system restore disk, and then do the Windows 8 upgrade again. This time without SEP. Everything else still works perfectly after the upgrade from Windows 7.

        • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

          That’s interesting. I’ll have to look into that.

          Thanks for the comment.

      • Phil Nolan

        I’ve been dual booting my 5 year old laptop. or at least it’s set up to dual boot. Once I started using 8 I got hooked and have hardly gone back.

      • http://Iadagraca.com Digitalwolf

        i’ve done the same, not even dual boot. Been fulltime on both my laptop and the desktop i recently built.

        Couldn’t be happier.

        I use mine for digital art though.

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      Thanks for the comment.

      Yeah, Windows 8 does speed up hardware.

  • MrJohnCool

    I would say Windows 8 was a mistake to try to come out so quickly. Microsoft shouldn’t have brought out a New OS so quickly since Vista had major issues and Windows 7 seems to be stable so far that I have seen. Plus the Removal of the Start Menu is something that shouldn’t have ever be done because it is really what made Windows a very great OS. The Start Menu being removed basically making Windows just a bare OS and now you have to use a Freeware to add the start menu back to the OS. To make the OS similar to a Tablet via Windows I think was a Mistake. It’s almost like Microsoft is trying to become the new Apple/Tablet Only OS and take over the market but with Tablets/iPad’s having a good OS via Apple I feel that they should have kept in the market with Windows having the Start Menu and leaving the option to have the Menu it has with Windows 8 so that people have dual options Start Menu or Tablet based Menu. This would have been more reasonable and probably made Windows 8 the Better OS instead of my opinion Worst because of the people elderly out there who will have to learn something brand new they may never have used/seen before if they’ve never experienced, seen or used an iPad before. As far as many other younger and middle aged people they may or may not like that Microsoft removed the Start Menu as that is what made Windows a great OS when Windows 95 came out. so for 27 years (1995-2012) the Windows Start Menu has been what made the OS. I hope that Windows 9 will be a better OS and maybe take my suggestion in making sure they have the Start Menu as an option so that the OS helps the user instead of forcing them to learn something new all over again and have something the user may not want/like.

    • http://seventy8productions.com Steve Steiner

      Really… they came out with it too fast? I work in the tech industry, so the day the developer preview came out, I set it up to dual boot on a laptop, and a convertible, taking all reasonable precautions because only a fool jumps in with both feet. Eventually do to the fact that it was solid, it became my daily driver. I used it for work, I used it for play, everything works, and like Onuora said this ain’t Vista. At any rate, there has been a year of having a solid OS out, for newer hardware (and even older hardware) there are drivers for most of the hardware that anyone would need. While it has received improvements over the last year, it has been prime time ready for a long time, and now it is finally getting it.

      The start menu… it is what made windows great? Yeah it was, in Windows 95. It was revolutionary, simple, and now, out dated. The start screen works pretty much the same was as the start menu did in 7. I have had no issues with it over the last year, and after a small primer on how Windows 8 works, none of the test users in my organization have had any difficulty using it. I intentionally had a few relatively computer illiterate people using it and they had no problems using it. By the way when you install the RTM it gives you a primer on how it works when you first log on, just like Windows 95 had “start here” with an arrow pointing to the start menu when you first used it. So the start menu is a bit dated, it doesn’t work across the board on modern hardware. The start page however works well not only on desktops/laptops but also works great on tablets, while maintaining the functionality of the start menu in vista/7 and adding new features. “Bare OS”… ignorance can be funny sometimes.

      I don’t really have a horse in this race, one of my most common work setups is OS X (Mountain Lion at the moment), Ubuntu (or whichever of the buntu’s I am currently playing with), and Windows (currently Win 8) side by side (by side) and tied together by synergy. My media center is running off of one of the buntus, old computers usually get something like Puppy Linux or Peppermint installed on them. For slightly old computers usually Windows 7 or Windows 8 (usually 8 lately) works well. However for you, in the rest of your comment, you make it painfully clear you have never really used this OS, if you don’t want to that is fine. However posting comments spewing ignorance, especially when indications are that MS is actually doing a decent job with this OS… well ignorance just bugs me.

      • Michael

        Breath in….. breath out…. man….

        The politician approach is never the way to go….

        Make your comment, give solid arguments for or against another’s comments, but don’t’ resort to name calling, it is not clever and is not constructive….

  • Sundar

    You are absolutely spot on. Windows users are in for a great product and great hardware with compatibility across desktop, tablet / ultra book and mobile. No more syncing problems and computing with whatever you have on hand.

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      Thanks Sundar.

      It sure looks like it…

  • Bobby Ketcham

    To be honest…you have hit several issues spot on in relation to Microsoft and what Redmond is doing with the direction personal computing is going. We as a collective global group are by our very nature…both extremely curious and even more so…social.

    The hardware and software being designed, tested, and produced runs the gamut from the smallest of handhelds…the Ipod Nano for instance and all the devices being developed to provide us with our daily addiction of conecmeidis (my definition of what we do daily now) so that one’s morning coffee, 10 am break, lunch, and afternoon 2pm break…all happening while one is still ranting on their blog, twitter, text, facebook wall, email account,phone, without missing a blotwexfabwemph…Now that’s connected and certainly no word I’ve ever heard of…but appropriate.

    With Windows 8 as fast as it is, as intuitive as it is…and with the controls rearranged so one can use them with swipes rather than clicks…says to me…the future of computing is coming for an early christmas.

    The darned thing is…for all accounts…an amped up windows 7 core with a nice interface on top…but with MUCH better security and recovery tools built right in…yes…Microsoft has been listening and finally decided to join the rest of the world with secure and easily recoverable sytem images and a lightning recovery period of 15-30 mins rather than the 2 hour install, then 8 grueling hours of reinstalling apps and performing windowsupdate restarts like a unending [email protected]!

    Jump for joy IT group!!! I sure am….I do NOT enjoy the metro gui…but as a pro…I do NOT have to use it either…plenty of workarounds and plenty of keyboard shortcuts…plus swiping with the mouse if screen resolution allows for all controls to work.

    There’s a lot going for this O/S and drivers are maturing FAST…so the bugs will come from third party apps…and a few that are very well documented already.

    The screen resolution requirements are a bit above most mainstream business laptops and a lot of older (2yrs-5yrs) do not run a resolution high enough to get at all the controls for swipes…mouse gestures swipes are not!

    With that said, the darn thing is pretty hard NOT to like, I am not an embracer of change “Just for Changes Sake” but the responsiveness and quickness of Windows 8 can’t be denied…things do “just seem quicker” because they ARE quicker.

    No hiccups, no crashes, a few incompatiblitys that I am confident will be worked out…Lots better security, Vastly improved Recovery options that are “ALMOST” transparent to the user…and Installs that ARE lightning quick…makes this a Winning O/S.

    However one caveat here…yes…new hardware for corporate and business is essential and Dell, HP, Samsung, Lenovo and so on….all provide major input into these categories of hardware sales…but Business as a whole…is VERY SLOW to change…many are STILL USING XP for jiminy’s sake!!! and there’s been a lot of small business owners that do run windows 7 on current hardware that will NOT ever believe they need to upgrade…I can’t blame the 1,000-10,000 user corporate enterprise entities that have just began implementing a complete transition to W7PRO…and trying to convice them to go another step up to WIN8PRO…isn’t going to happen overnight…as in maybe in 5 years or so.

    The real sales are going to come like this…tablets, smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks, tablets, notebooks…did I mention tablets???

    Seriously, the O/S is designed with touch as a Main I/O mechanism, but yet left the keyboard as a main I/O mechanism then offered you both options on the same machines….WINNER hands down…Microsoft has done a fantastic job of peforming a bait and switch then gave us the bait for free…or darn near free…by providing BOTH options in all versions of the O/S and the touch is highly advanced, smooth, and doesn’t make many mistakes when converting your movements on the capacitive touch screen to I/O you intended make!

    I use the desktop tile, and a version of the start button replacement app to work in windows 8 primarily and enjoy all the responsiveness and super quick response of the menus and apps in the new O/S without qualms and also the enhanced security and transparency of recovering my files, O/S system files, and my documents without wondering what if anything has taken a hike for good…there’s even a way to recover deleted files very easily!

    I like and use W7 everyday…I liked and used Vista for 2 years with very few problems…I like and will use w8…and each version mentioned has gotten better and better…there’s a few things I like to grump about…but that’s just me allowing for my advancing age…50 in 30 days…so like to feel a bit entitled to be fractionally set in my preferences…but otherwise…why the heck not??
    It’s fun, it’s super quick, it’s just better…in all the ways it needs to be…and it’s more secure and safe at the same time…I loved XP, I liked Vista, I loved w7…and I really am enjoying the preview of w8…I like to have options…and microsoft has provided PLENTY of that with latest and “do I dare say it?” Greatest O/S yet…get busy living or get busy dying…that’s a very true saying for computer operating systems!

    I like it very much…so get out there live a little folks..it won’t bite you near as hard as that ankle biter XP!

    Respectfully,
    Bobby Ketcham

  • Ronald

    Personally, I think windows 8 is AWESOME!! I have been using it since it came out as the developer preview, and was anxious for the consumer preview, which was much more perfected and functional. I am NOW using the Enterprise edition and plan to purchase Win 8 Pro when it comes out. True, when I first installed the developer preview…I sort of “freaked” somewhat wondering where the “start button” was. However, once I watch a couple of videos regarding Windows 8 and read some information, I learned very quickly to adapt to it. I use it on my MAIN desktop PC at home and am LOVING it! I FLY with it, navigating back and forth between apps, internet, and desktop very quickly. I was a little bit disappointed about the transparency for the window frames being discontinued…but, I have learned that windows 8 still looks just fine without it, at least, you DO have about 40-50% transparency on the taskbar, and I CAN live with that. I LOVE being able to see new articles in a nice FULL screen view, the Bing Maps, and much more. I REALLY think that ONCE a person learns HOW to navigate around in windows 8, they should love it as much, or MORE than 7. Ok…..I’m finished. LOL!

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      Thanks Ronald…

  • Mark

    I agree with Ronald. I have seen many posts on different sites from IT people but very few from the average user (me). I have had the Consumer pre-view version installed for a little more than a month now (had to wait to get a new computer that would support Win8. I’m still fumbling around it and discover something new every day. I am amazed at how quick every thing is. Two issues I have had is 1) getting flashplayer to work. Can’t get it to download and haven’t been able to figure out a work around. 2) a work at home company I am trying to get a job with requires the 32 bit version to run their system compatibility test. Can’t figure that one out either. Any help fro the guru’s out there would be appreciated.

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      Thanks for the comment Mark.

    • http://Iadagraca.com Digitalwolf

      32bit os is extinct, either software is old or it simply does not read windows 8 as a supported version.

  • Dan

    Well it was long in coming, but welcome to reality Onuora. Your readers only thought you were an Apple fan because if you read all of your previous posts, and how you bashed almost everything from MS even when they were doing the same thing as MAC…I mean really, what else were we suppose to think? It is one thing to be a critic of something, it is something completely different to bash it every chance you got.

    Now you need to look at your iPhone. YES the iPhone is a nice phone with lots of bells and whistles to make anyone happy, but we are right back to the simple fact that they are overpriced and you can only get new stuff from MAC. That just simply wont fly anymore when you now have Android phones that do the same thing and more at half the cost and you can use just about anything or any program on it. The same goes for the tablets and the laptops.

    Speaking of laptops, I think you had better get your Craigs list account ready to sell your macbook as I have one of the MS 8 laptops and it is mind blowing! You have the option of using the mouse-and added USB mouse or using the monitor…you hear me right. Some of the laptops are going to touch screens! And right now we are working on Windows 9 (yes I am a tester) and there are plans in the next two to three years to have a flexible screen that you can roll up like a newspaper and stick in your pocket. Add that to your flexible keyboard and the new 3TB plug and play solid state hard drives and you can fit the laptop in your pocket.

    I use Time Warner as one of my ISPs and I get on a regular basis, speeds of 50MBPS! I have intentionally tried to instal malware and viruses that effect Win 7 and below, and over 90% of them just will not work or wont be allowed to install without my permission! The encryption bit rate is also astounding. Script kiddies are going to run smack up against it when they try and write new malware as there are a plethora of different stop gaps that are going to make this extremely difficult to do. The programs and the AV’s are also going to have to boost their games if they want to keep up. And while Mac is the best, bar none; at graphics….Windows 8 is hot on their heels so their hold on that is slipping fast.

    And to think you get all of this for less then a third of what Lion would cost you on the Mac. Jobs is rolling over in his grave at what is happening to his beloved company as it is dying the death of a thousand cuts and unless they stop being proprietary and open up like the PC is, I would bet that in less then 10 years they are going the way of the dodo. Adapt or die and sadly Apple is refusing to adapt right now, and the cliff is swiftly approaching. Heck even Apple freely admitted that the iPhone sold nowhere near what they hoped it would, actually to the tune of less then 33% of their projected sales.

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      Hold on there cowboy. Let’s not go crazy now.

      iPhone still sold 5 million units at launch. That’s more thna Nokia sell in a quarter with ALL their phones combined.

      Apple and the iPhone are not in trouble yet. Let’s see what next year brings…

  • 123321

    i completley agree with you. this article is one of the best on this homepage

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      I got 123 on my side. Now I know that I have won the war..

      🙂

      Thanks for the comment…

  • Nick

    Hey all!

    Already posted above how happy I’ve been with Win8 but I failed to mention one VERY important point.

    I faced an issue TWICE on the release preview version of Win8. Not sure if it’s fixed in the RTM but I am not willing to try it anymore… This issue will basically prevent your PC from booting. It’ll get stuck at the windows logo screen or give you the BSOD right away.

    This happened RIGHT after installing the Bitdefender 2013 beta and the Norton 2013 beta. I know they’re betas but it was specifically mentioned in the beta requirements that it was meant to be compatible with Windows 8 RP… Now I am not a newbie when it comes to PC’s, as I mentioned in my other post I work in IT. So if there was ANY way of fixing the problem without doing a full format and reinstallation of Windows 8, I would’ve found it. Nothing worked. Not a system restore, not the new refresh feature, not even a repair installation. So my best piece of advice is : stay away from all antivirus solutions for a while… Windows Defender does the job.

    I did buy Norton Antivirus 2013 (final version) and install it now and it works beautifully. To my knowledge it’s one of the few antivirus compatible with Win8 right now.

    • http://Iadagraca.com Digitalwolf

      Windows 8 has microsoft security essentials built into it, a highly rated free anti-virus.

      I personally wouldn’t touch norton with a stick.

      • Michael

        Yeah, Norton has been as bad as a bug for years now.

        Just a resource hog.

        All the security you need is already in Windows8

        • Doug

          Norton isn’t a resource hog anymore, it runs very lightly on my laptop. You need to look at all the recent reviews (last 2-3 years) that praise it.

  • Rex

    Yeah! I can honestly say, there is not a single point in your article I disagree with.

    I think I have finally come up with a way to explain Windows 8 to the skeptical. Windows 8 is a hybrid which is inspiring the new set of hybrid hardware. It basically had 2 modes. Desktop mode which really is just like Windows 7 and a new Mobile mode which works more like an iPad. One thing the old start menu could never do was tie these 2 different modes together, so it had to go. The Start screen is that overarching access point that allows you to move between modes fairly painlessly. But they still really are 2 different modes and there is no problem that there is a jarring feeling between them as it makes no sense to try to be in both modes at the same time. People, however, will use what makes sense. Multitasking with Desktop apps and Metro apps makes little sense and people wont do it. But that is fine, there is no need to do so.

    Now does there need to be a mobile mode on a desktop? Certainly not, but it doesnt hurt anything being there as you are not forced to use it. And desktops will increasingly find themselves as a niche market. Also I can think that at times when you are looking for something in a hurry or just using the PC casually, you might find the mobile mode works just fine. Overall, a consistent interface for all form factors makes up for any inconvenience of a new method.

  • Phil Nolan

    The vast majority of those criticizing have never tried it. I think once people actually use it for real for a few days they’ll see the vast speed and other improvements that make it a fantastic upgrade. not to mention the cheap price.

  • R.J Williams

    I just loved your article and couldn’t find one gap of disagreement with anything that you said. Can’t wait to get my hands on a Microsoft Surface though..

  • Dan Soxx

    I highly enjoyed your article Onuora i think it was a very realistic outlook on windows 8. It will be a major success, in time.

    I think Rodney Longoria FB post made a good point.

    Look at how many desktops now are covered in icons, short cuts, files etc. They often look like an Ugly version of the Metros interface (If you like the Design look).. So already many users are well on their way to adapting to Windows 8.

    The other problem is that Windows is VERY confusing for some people, there is still a massive generation gap out there that use windows every day yet have no clue about basic features or how to use particular aspects besides the programs they use every day.

    I believe windows 8 tries to simplifies alot of this. For example going to the settings etc feels alot easier for these people. While windows 8 still keeps all the power features users like me like.

    MS’s long term game is in the Right direction too, unifying the interface / appearance across platforms / devices will only make it easier for these people. What i have found on why so many people have like Apple products is that they found them “Easy” to use (personally i hate them), and i think Windows has been lacking that in a big way. Sure Windows 95 was ground breaking but Innovation and the Guts to jump in the deep end has been lacking for a long time at Microsoft and their Main product.

  • http://about.me/rodneylongoria Rodney Longoria

    I have a lot of friends who are using XP and Windows 7, and there’s something funny about their desktops. They have it filled with program and folder short-cuts all over it. If the Start button in those OS’s was so cool, that wouldn’t be the case, right? The fact is, no one WANTS to click on the Start button and try to navigate their way to the program or folder via the Start button. So why all the fuss about it being missing from Windows 8? Really?

    When I take a look at my friend’s XP bloated desktop, it reminds me of the Windows 8 Metro Start menu except that they’re live (and informative) and not some stagnant/non-dynamic old-style ugly icon just taking up valuable desktop space. Not only that, but you can pin your favorite bookmarks to the Windows 8 Start menu, thus eliminating the need to go through your bookmarks as added steps. Win-Win!

    • Allen

      that… is a great point. I work a helpdesk and remote into peoples computers all day and it is true. everyone LITTERS their desktop with icons and often times don’t even know HOW to use their start bar. well put.