Windows 8 continues to generate fans and foes. I have made it no secret I am one of the foes (Blog.reliableinsights.com, 10/16/12, 12/7/12, 1/30/13, 3/5/13). Here are just a few of the latest comments from various folks more on my side of the aisle:
“It makes absolutely no sense for any business to invest in Windows 8.” (csmith, Forums, PCWorld.com, June 2013)
“Everything is hidden on Windows 8. It takes three times as long to use Windows 8 as any other Windows, even longer until you find out how to delete most of those pictures. Is it designed for slow readers? Or for children? Maybe they are copying Apple? Even turning the computer off is a mystery, and try finding the Control Panel? Thank goodness, I found the desktop and pinned the shortcut to the Start menu.” (AlaskaArtist, Forums, PCWorld.com, June 2013)
“Windows 8 remains extremely controversial among PC users.” (Forum, PC World, May 2013, p. 9)
Finally giving Windows 8 foes some respite, a recent announcement signaled a move in the right direction by Microsoft (Star News Services, “Starwatch Consumer: Windows 8.1” The Kansas City Star, May 31, 2013, p. A9):
“Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It is making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar PC format. . . . The update will restore the ‘Start’ button and add search and other features.”
I am thrilled for two reasons. First, I am happy to see Microsoft finally doing something positive and practical to respond to valid criticisms by Windows 8 foes. Second, unless my Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs manifest strong longevity, I am already resigned to the fact my next PC or laptop purchase will likely be a Windows 8 (or 9?) machine. That being the case, I am heartened to know many of the usability problems may by then be significantly minimized or eliminated.