Friday, July 27, 2012

Bad Preview News About Windows 8

Windows 8 is ‘a catastrophe

for everyone in the PC space’

By Zach Epstein | BGR News – Thu, Jul 26, 2012

Well then, it’s settled. We had very high hopes for Windows 8 after reviewing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Microsoft (MSFT) released earlier this year, but according to Valve CEO and one-time Microsoft executive Gabe Newell, Microsoft’s upcoming operating system is "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space." Newell made the comment, which was picked up by Ars Technica, during the Casual Connect
video game conference this week in Seattle, Washington.

Following the launch of Windows 8, "we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people," says Newell. Where gaming is concerned, the executive is hedging his Windows bet by working on a number of Linux titles.

Windows currently owns 92.23% of the desktop PC market according to June data from Net Applications, compared to Linux’s 1.05%. If a power shift does take place, it’s certainly not likely that it’ll happen any time soon regardless of how big a "catastrophe" Windows 8 may or may not be.

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Blog Author’s Comments
My comments on Windows 8 amount to links from two expert computer nerds…The review above isn’t the only negative comment on Windows 8.

Troy Wolverton, technology correspondent for the San Jose Mercury News (which happens to be the daily newspaper closest to "Silicon Valley") slammed it with an internet review:

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"There are ways to open up an interface that is close to the Windows 7 experience, yet Microsoft doesn't make it easy to find. The software is months away from release and there are already dozens of online tutorials on "How to get the Classic Start Menu in Windows 8." Not a good sign."

--Dan Costa, in a PC Magazine article, "Why Windows 8 Is a Huge Gamble for Microsoft" at,2817,2403179,00.asp
Costa strongly recommends that Microsoft add a simple button that reverts Windows 8 to Windows 7 so users can treat the new software as an upgrade. Smart suggestion. Very smart.

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