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Microsoft (MSFT -2.3%) heads south as a harsh Barron's column is followed up by a flurry of...

Microsoft (MSFT -2.3%) heads south as a harsh Barron's column is followed up by a flurry of media articles related to Windows 8, some of them critical. The NY Times becomes the latest to observe many early Windows 8 users have become confused by its radical, tile-based UI. Reuters, meanwhile, joins others in noting early corporate interest in Windows 8 is limited. Gartner predicts Windows 8's PC penetration within large organizations will only reach 20% at its peak. A shift towards subscription-based licensing could buffer Microsoft a bit.
Comments (12)
  • "radical, tile-based UI" ?
    22 Oct 2012, 02:06 PM Reply Like
  • Here is a simple test for us all. Remove all Windows based desktop and laptops "PC' from your daily environment and see if you can still operate?


    Sounds silly - yes it is! There may not be enough growth in traditional PC world, but there is *NO* getting around them. I have been in IT & a very savvy technology user, but I primarily use my iPad, Tablet etc for "entertainment" purposes - checking emails, browsing Internet, watching movies/video and anything that I can do within the mobile foot print. But I need my PC for any real work.
    Any one out there has a differennt perspective or opinions?


    22 Oct 2012, 02:24 PM Reply Like
  • Nope. you nailed it
    22 Oct 2012, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • I can see this "tile-based UI" on a phone, and possibly a tablet. The desktop version I personally can't see it. And no windows media player/center?
    22 Oct 2012, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • If you don't like the tiles continue to use the traditional interface. Its built in. Why is it that so many hate to see MSFT succeed? Desktop PC's may see some reduction due to tablets but most of that has already occurred when laptops became important in the enterprise.
    22 Oct 2012, 02:49 PM Reply Like
  • yeah I dont understand the negative reviews. Very easy to switch over to the desktop UI if you really want that
    22 Oct 2012, 03:01 PM Reply Like
  • Yes, you have to hit the Windows key. It doesn't seem very hard to me, but I guess some people have a longer learning curve.
    22 Oct 2012, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • When they put the dial on the telephone users were completely befuddled!. You pick it up and didn't get the operator as usual. I guess anyone who has never seen a modern cell phone hasn't seen these touch icons before, LOL.
    22 Oct 2012, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • Al the above comments make sense to me. Hoping the market starts to see it our way.
    22 Oct 2012, 04:22 PM Reply Like
  • Metro users love it. Non-metro users will adapt in time, I believe. 20% is a ridiculous figure and has no basis behind it. 20% of what??
    22 Oct 2012, 05:24 PM Reply Like
  • I would believe that Windows is no longer relevant the day I can log in to my broker's full system (not a mobile app) without starting up a Window, and that my broker's system is no longer running on a Windows server.
    23 Oct 2012, 02:31 AM Reply Like
  • what world are you living in?
    24 Oct 2012, 01:15 AM Reply Like
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