Thursday, June 5, 2014

Windows 8 1 Fixes Some Of The Windows 8 Problems

The new Windows 8 OS was marketed as the new generation Microsoft operating system with a brand new UI. And, all the existing Windows users, especially those corporate customers, who are still using Windows XP, were urged to opt for the Windows 8 upgrade. However, most of the Windows users were not in a hurry.

Microsoft trying to reboot Windows 8 sales with the new update

Many Windows users took a wait-and-see approach to the new OS, even though Microsoft offered a discount offer for the new OS for the first few months. This offer was mainly aimed at the Windows 7 users, since they can easily opt for the Windows 8 upgrade without making any changes to hardware.

However, as it turned out, Microsoft attempts at making their Windows OS more touch-friendly ended up creating a half-desktop-half-tablet OS hybrid that was useless to enthusiasts of either form. The desktop users found that the Start Menu they were so familiar with in the old Windows editions has disappeared in the new OS.

The tablet users were not at all interested in Windows 8, when they can get the freeware OS Android from Google and hundreds of thousands of Android apps. But, Microsoft quickly took stock of the situation and decided to release an OS update to Windows 8 and thereby, rescue their new OS from its Vista-fate.

In fact, in many respects, Windows 8 is very similar to Windows Vista. Windows Vista was Microsoft’s previous attempt at a radical OS redesign, ignoring the needs of customers of the time. Now, Microsoft has repeated their mistake.

To be frank, Windows Vista like Windows 8 is a great OS, but there was no market for it at that time. Similarly, a hybrid OS with UI features for both desktop and tablet users might have worked a few years ago, when people were beginning to try the touch screen devices – not now, when they have already made the switch to fully fledged touch screen operating systems.

Maybe, Microsoft should stop trying to satisfy both the desktop and tablet users and design separate user-friendly operating systems. Many desktop users find using the new OS very difficult, as Windows 8 is designed mainly as a touch screen operating system with the ‘optional’ desktop mode.

Microsoft has to fix these problems. And, the Windows 8.1 OS update is a step in the right direction. Too little, too late? We’ll see.

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