Windows 8 reviews are all divided. Some reviewers say that it is a failure while others call it a great success
Windows 8 is inventive. Microsoft has brought up many new features to the firmware. Windows 8 has been specially made to fight the cutthroat rivals likes Android and OS X. But, one and half months after its release, some people say it is a failure and Microsoft is doomed. Here we check major reasons why analysts address Windows 8 as a failure.
Criticism from Long-time Windows Users
In the early days of Windows 8, the software received huge criticism from long-time Windows users. People questioned Microsoft for confusing them with many uneasy features. The lack of Start menu, in place of the novel and much-admired new start screen, is a major point. It may have a new Metro-style UI and many of you would love it. But, what it lacks is the legacy that would define the real Windows experience to many others.
Negative Survey Results
Recent survey results bring not much good news for Windows 8. An Avast survey, which polled 350,000 users of its antivirus software, reveals that only 7 percent of U.S. users wanted to buy Windows 8. Over 70 percent said they would continue with what they had, mostly Windows 7. As per George Otte, CEO of Geeks on Site, a repair service, “Windows 7 works just fine [and] it’s not a major priority to make a change” (courtesy of U.S.A Today).
Surface RT’s Decline in Fame
Surface RT, Windows RT’s signature model, came up with huge fanfare. The Redmond software giant has been hyping up the product for a long time. But, the hype-up doesn’t seem to help and give impetus for the gadget in sales. DigiTimes recently reported that Microsoft cut orders for Surface RT from OEMs to half. It is found as an action taken by Microsoft in retaliation to the weak market performance of the machine.
Delay in Tablets
Acer has openly said that it would delay its Windows 8 tablets. The firm has a reason. Acer is the only Microsoft partner that publicly questioned Microsoft for rolling out own Surface tablets. The company, as a result, wanted to release its tablets for Windows RT and Pro after reading the responses to other machines, especially the Surfaces.
The issue doesn’t seem to be that of Acer only. Samsung, Asus and many other firms have also delayed their products. Samsung and Asus have already announced their products; however, for a long time they have been silent over the release of their products.
“That’s surely disappointing for Microsoft and its partners, but the operating system’s relative merits are only one part of the story. The fact is, many of the most promising Windows 8 systems haven’t made it to market yet. Some have been delayed until next year,” comments Paul McDougall of Information Week Hardware.
Microsoft sells its Surface RT for a price that starts at $499. The premium 64GB version is priced at $599. If you want the Touch Cover, you need to pay an extra of $100 to the basic price. The thing is that there are many alternatives for Surface RT for the same or lower prices. They are not some run-of-the-mill gadgets, but the high-end machines like Samsung Nexus 10, Amazon Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 and so on. So competition is hard for Microsoft and its space in market will diminish as a result.
Many analysts are of the view that Windows 8 doesn’t have a bright future. Some analysts have even gone on to conclude that Microsoft would soon go for Windows 9 that would get back to the old look. Well, let us wait and see what is going to take place. Anyway, there is a report that the company has cut orders for Surface RT only to focus on Surface Pro. The tablet/Ultrabook combo may come early next year with a less press that it was expected to get previously.