So,it seems Microsoft is giving up on their latest Charlie-Fox OS – Windows 8 – and starting from scratch. Excerpt:
Microsoft attempted something different and daring with Windows 8. It introduced a whole new interface and means of interaction with your PC that was identical to a smartphone or tablet. It threw out the “Start” menu and mouse-driven interface people had used for decades in favor of a touch-driven interface with tiles, some of which received active information updates.
And people hated it.
“They tried to get their entire audience to jump from a UI [user interface] they were comfortable with to a brand new one with a serious learning curve,” California-based Creative Strategies tech analyst and president Tim Bajarin said. “Had they done a more transitionary product, especially keeping the Start button, I don’t think the impact and perception would have been as bad.”
Then again, it may have been just as bad.
Microsoft seems to feel the need to bring out a total sack-o-crap version of Windows ever few years. Since Windows 3.1, a fairly stable, decent platform that wasn’t really an OS as it ran over DOS, they have brought out:
- Windows 95 – innovative, a bit kludgey but reasonably stable and easy to use.
- Windows 98 – improved on 95 in almost every way, a stable, steady platform.
- Windows ME – a disastrously horrible piece of shit, the less said about it the better.
- Windows XP – wonderful, solid, stable, with vastly improved networking capability – and great staying power, only having been dropped from official MS support in the last few weeks.
- Windows Vista – see Windows ME.
- Windows 7 – a great improvement over the hose-up that was Vista, with the whiz-bang of Vista and the stability of XP.
- Windows 8 – well, read the linked article.
All of our personal laptop and desktop computers at the moment are running 7, and Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. like it. We only days ago upgraded from Office 2007 to Office 360, and while I see almost no difference ergonomically – menus and such seem to be all the same – the wisdom of the cloud-based subscription model remains to be seen.
No company can forever hold the vast majority of market share that Microsoft has held in computer operating systems. It’s beginning to look like there is room in the market for a serious competitor. Who? What? A Unix-based OS, like Linux? Something entirely new? It’s going to be an interesting few years in computer tech.