Agharta wrote:I blame Apple indirectly for the malaise at Microsoft!
With the success of iOS devices and the failure of MS (and Intel) to compete on new fronts MS panicked.
Look at the initial release of Windows 8.0 and tell me that wasn't produced by a company that was confused and lost.
It was a mid life crisis of an operating system.
They did sober up and put the Hawaiian shirts away and got back on track for a while.
W8.1 was a solid O/S which I prefer to Win7 easily.
Then with W10 they lost the plot again and kept moving the goal posts which is not what you want with an O/S that is used by 100s of millions as a productivity tool.
I felt forced to use W10 when building a new desktop last year even though I had a W8.1 license because MS changed their long term support plans.
That meant if you were building a PC with new hardware only W10 gave you long term support even though W8.1 is supported until January 2023.
So W8.x is the new Vista and has been locked in the basement like a troubled child.
It's a shame as 8.1 is a good half way house between 7 and 10.
You are spot on there, even to the casual user, Win8 look like it had been produced at a tonka toy convention, it looked and felt like a pink Lada, with all the go faster stripes they could muster. I went straight from Win7 to WIn10. But it was clear from the start, Microsoft missed a trick, they sort of didn't see the tablet market coming. Yes there was the 'netbook' market which never really took hold, what was needed was a computer that the computer luddites could learn to love, so the result is the desktop market is still to a great extent Microsoft territory, with that phone/tablet market shared between Apple and Google. For Microsoft to try and shimmy in with a quasi phone/tablet OS was delusional.
I have adapted to WIn10 now that I have managed to jettison all the bling, penny muck and bric-a-brac it comes with, it really does feel slicker than Win7, that being said Win7 was XP come of age - true 64 bit etc but kept the understated desktop, instead of the Start Menu/Desktop so cluttered with useless trish trash it looked more like the back room of a charity shop