If we were to believe Microsoft and it’s associates we would believe Windows 8 and Office 2013 have been an success and it will change the way people use their computers. But I work in a retail company which sells computers, tablets and the such and that is not what I have seen on the ground or heard from talking to customers who on the large majority are not overly impressed with Windows 8 and Office 2013 if anything very dubious about both products for different reasons.
In truth from personal observation in the store people have been buying Tablets /iPads more than Laptops as people discovered they could do the same things on a Tablet/iPads they usually do on a Windows Laptop for a fraction of the cost and hassle. In these hard economic times that is the most important thing to customers who really do not have the cash to spare.
This has been further borne out by reviews elsewhere which say exactly the same thing. Basically we should really take with a big, I mean big, pinch of salt when Microsoft say that Windows 8 and Office 2013 is success as on the ground it simply is not. It looks from where I am Microsoft and it’s associates are being very selective about the truth in so much they are lying by exclusion in so much they simply ignore the negative stuff and highlight the good stuff.
All Microsoft problems here are further compounded as computer staff within businesses IT departments get hold of Windows 8 whose comment basic go along the line it is very good for home use but it makes the serious use of a computer very difficult . This from personal experience can be a kiss of death within the businesses world of IT who need operating systems, like Windows 7, which make it easy load and use more heavy duty software not more difficult as Windows 8 is!
In conclusion I think Microsoft have totally misjudged the market trends and it has hashed up the release of Windows 8, Office 2013 and associated hardware on to the market especially here in the United Kingdom. The whole release process what poorly implemented and poorly advertised on Microsoft’s part her in the United Kingdom to a point they depended on the major Retailers here to do their work which frankly was a mistake as said Retailers on their part had no spare cash to do Microsoft’s work so they only made a token effort with no Microsoft support.
So those of us who are actually observing the domestic market at the coal face away from the hype of Microsoft’s press machine are seeing and hearing Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Office 2013 is not the success Microsoft would have us believe!