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This week Microsoft has finally announced the return of the Start Button to Windows 8 which was much predicted by large number of computer pundits and people like myself who actually spent time listening to people around us. This is a told you so moment for such people who have been hammering on and on the fact Microsoft made a mistake by removing the Start Button in the first place.

It is also a massive U-Turn on Microsoft’s part who have had finally had to admit that some parts of Windows 8 are simply are not liked by the large majority of users both domestic and business. Microsoft are trying to put the spin that the media has ignored those who said good things about Windows 8 knowing full well a large majority of Media has either been indifferent or hostile about Windows 8 especially connected to the Computer Industry.

If anything Microsoft’s attempts to make a good job of their bad job of Windows 8 sounds hallow and it is treated with contempt by the media including the mainstream newspapers like The Financial Times. Simply Microsoft by trying to emphasise the good points of Windows 8 rather than admit their mistakes they are making their situation worse as they further erode their credibility as a serious software writers in the eyes of the Computer Industry in general.

Personally I don’t see the return of the Start Button to Windows 8 will save the day for Microsoft or Windows 8 as it has not gone far enough as the Start Button leads to the Mono Desktop not a Menu as in the previous versions of Windows which the users were asking for. Once again Microsoft have failed to fully listen to its users but it is a small step in the right direction.

In conclusion it may be a told you so moment but the damage to the Computer Industry by Microsoft’s Windows 8 has already been done from retail to software writers and it is going to be a long haul to rebuild everything back to what it was before the release of Windows 8!

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Last week Microsoft announcement they are pushing forward the release of Windows Blue to next month from October which should include the return of the Start button and program menu and the accompanying claim they are actually listening to their users which frankly still has a very hollow ring to it.

This release is nothing to with Microsoft listening to their users but Microsoft trying to save Windows 8 itself which frankly has not gone down well with both the users and industry itself reflected globally in increase of sales of tablets and an over 10% drop in Desktop and Laptops.

Basically Windows 8 has not taken off and much like Vista before it has has not gone down well with both users and industry who now universally dislike or find the new mono front end to the desktop unusable. Add to this the fact not everyone likes the modifications Microsoft have done to the back end which frankly make the operating system difficult to use commercially.

This week by this announcement Microsoft have admitted they have made a big mistake releasing and changing the desktop in Windows 8 something a lot of users like myself have said since it’s release. It has been a disaster for them and computer industry in general which has suffered because of the release of Windows 8 especially in the retail sector who have stubbornly stuck to Windows 8 regardless of the fact it has damaged their profitability at a time they did not need it.

You could say Windows 8 is Microsoft’s own Coke in so much they changed it hoping the users would like the change but they have discovered like Coke the users did not like the new operating system so like Coke Microsoft will have backtrack to save Windows 8 as they now have no choice to do so.

In conclusion Microsoft must get Windows Blue right this time as this is their last chance to get Windows 8 right as if they don’t it could spell the end of Microsoft’s domination of the operating system market as both the users and computer industry will vote with their feet and start to seriously look for alternative operating systems which all users can use and revive the flagging Desktop and Laptop sales.

This is the last stand for Microsoft!

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!

It has been months since Windows 8 has been released by Microsoft and I have still avoided using it in anger but the few times I have had to use it I have found it the most unfriendly operating system I have ever used. One thing it is not is intuitive or friendly to use even for someone who is as experienced as myself. I found myself at a loss when confronted with Windows 8 mainly due to lack of any prompts or pointers on screen to help any users.

It seams I am not only one who is having problems with Windows 8 look and feel on laptops and desktops as I have heard stories of people who have returned laptops back to where they brought them as they simply did not like or could not use Windows 8!

It seams Microsoft have defined a whole new level of user friendliness and really confirms something I thought the first time I saw Windows 8 in so much a large majority of users simply are not going to like the front end.

Personally I think Windows 8 has not done what it was meant to do and improve the look and feel of the laptop but it has the effect of making computers in general more user unfriendly and harder to use.

Even the likes of Ubuntu, one major Linux distribution, has sensed that not all is well with Microsoft’s Windows 8 and now they are openly advertising themselves as a better alternative to Windows 8.

I think in the end Microsoft have made a big mistake with Windows 8 in it’s present form and they really need to rework the front end of Windows 8 or there could be a serious possibility it could be their swan song in so much we could see the start of Microsoft’s fall from the top as an operating system!

It has been almost a month since Microsoft released Windows 8 to an indifferent public who still are not exactly fired up by it. This is not surprising considering that so many new releases were done at the time it was released plus Microsoft not really doing anything to promote it’s release.

What really has not helped Windows 8 is the fact to a normal user the look of Windows 8 is very off putting and confusing considering most users are already used to traditional look and feel of the operating systems. Most users when they first see the desktop of Windows 8 have a looks of mild confusion or total incomprehension, not exactly what Microsoft wanted!

All this now has been heightened by the fact the mobile version of Windows 8 has been released where the operating system which does actaully make sense to users in general.

As I have said before Microsoft have tried to put a touch phone operating system onto a laptop which frankly does not work on the big screen of a Laptop as it looks a mess and it is confusing to most users who are of an age who do not use touch screen devices.

Windows 8 may of worked better if it gave the users the option to use a more traditional desktop an option removed in the final release strangely. Plus it would of also helped if Microsoft actually got behind their own Operating System with some real good old fashioned advertising before it’s release to drum up some public interest rather after the fact.

Microsoft once again have missed an opportunity for setting the computer world on fire with a new and exciting operating system but in the end Windows 8 is just yet another operating system with a strange desktop which the large majority of users are mystified and perplexed by but nothing special or exciting.

We should not be surprised by Microsoft anymore as it is becoming very apparent as a Company it has lost it’s edge and innovative position within the Computer world. All Microsoft is now is yet another Software House, be it one of the biggest, who happens to write an operating system but nothing special or outstanding!

Yesterday Microsoft Windows 8 operating system was released in United Kingdom to almost total apathy by the General Public here who just brought their computers a usual regardless of the fact if it had Windows 7 or windows 8 on it.

The only people who made anything about the release of Windows 8 where the retail companies selling computers which frankly flopped mainly because Microsoft themselves really did not advertise the release of Windows 8 on the media here in the United Kingdom!

All this shows the sheer arrogance of Microsoft who think they have the computer operating system market sown up here in the United Kingdom they do not have to advertise as they think people will always buy their operating system regardless.

But this arrogance this time could be their downfall both with the General Public and Retailers alike both of who dislike being treated with such arrogance and off hand way.

Personally I don’t think Microsoft’s windows 8 is not going to be a winner of operating system with users in general and it is going to cause no end of problems with the Retailers here in United Kingdom as users are going to have a lot of problems with Mono front end of Windows 8. It really looks like windows 8 is going to be yet another Vista and ME more of a problem than useful to all.

If I suspect Windows 8 does not take off as such I suspect that Retailers in general will go elsewhere to find computers and such which will sell and cause less problems, hence less money lost, after they have been sold to the customer.

Microsoft frankly has not got Windows 8 right both for the user or seller alike in their sheer arrogance has blinded them to the computer market needs totally. All this at a time when retail in general is having a difficult time when they needed a release from Microsoft which shined but got an operating system which is a donkey and potential liability!

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It is getting close to launch time for Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8 all with usual show put on both by Microsoft themselves and the Computer Retailers.

But there is a big but over Microsoft Windows 8 launch it does what it was intended as an operating system for touch screen laptops and desktops all in the hope that it is exactly what people want and going towards. Add to this Microsoft are cashing in on the so called touch screen fad of tablets and phones.

The big but being in creating Windows 8 around touch screen Microsoft have blatantly ignored those users who for whatever reason do not want to use or cannot afford to use touch screen devices where Windows 8 desktop becomes a liability almost unusable. Personally this part was not very well thought through by Microsoft and this is going to the Achilles heal of Windows 8.

By doing this Microsoft could of already sown the seeds of Windows 8 failure especially among business and serious computer users who are not interested in touch screen but the more practical side of computing in so much an operating system with easy to use desktop which works on basic computers.

Potentially Microsoft could have another Vista on it’s hands as this time there have been rumblings from number of software companies, including likes of Valve, about Windows 8 use of applications. Add to this a very indifferent reaction from the business side of computing who I suspect really do not need the application based fancy front end to Windows 8.

In conclusion Microsoft should of really put a lot more thought into the release of Window 8 rather than they have done added a new application based front end to what is basically an improved Windows 7. They have jumped onto the touch screen band wagon dangerously ignoring the very important business and serious users by providing a more practical version of Windows 8 without the touch screen front end.

Finally some people I know, some real Microsoft fans, who have used Windows 8 pre-release versions initially like it’s look and usability on a touch screen but all end up with same conclusion nice looking operating system but horrible to use on real computers those without touch screens. Basically their initial enthusiasm for Windows 8 quickly dissipated when used for real when they used it in anger.

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