In the almost month that’s elapsed since Microsoft released Windows 8, I’ve noted the following articles. Many are negative.
1. Jakob Nielsen says it offers disappointing usability for novice and power users, on both Windows desktops and Surface RT, based on their research with experienced PC users. He lists the problems, including reduced discoverability, low information density, and hyper-energized tiles.
2. Paul Thurrott says Windows 8 sales are well below projections, and offers his best guesses as to why this is the case. The range of potential issues have led many people to take a “wait-and-see” approach.
2a. CNET News calls out availability as a reason. My experience here in New Zealand is that availability is not a problem. Windows 8 PCs were everywhere in the retail stores I visited earlier this month.
3. Forrester says that IT buyers are less interested in Windows 8 than they were when Windows 7 was announced. Only 5% of those surveyed have specific plans to migrate to Windows 8 in the next 12 months.
4. In the days leading up to the release, Marc Benioff (hardly a neutral observer) commented that Windows 8 will mark the end of the Microsoft OS. Bigger changes in the market are rendering Windows irrelevant.
But hey, it’s early days. With all new retail PCs coming with Windows 8, Microsoft will sell many millions of copies. And business customers are usually slow to migrate between versions, even if the new version is great. It takes a while to get everything lined up.
Are there stories about the success of Windows 8? What am I not seeing?
(For the record, I updated my four-month old Lenovo X230 to Windows 8 Pro yesterday.)