I hate to burst your bubble if you’re a big Windows fan but Windows 8 didn’t exactly hit a home run right after stepping onto the plate. In fact even we’re several innings into the game it still seems that Windows is consistently swinging and missing. The biggest miss, well judge for yourself actually going on record that they are going to be fixing Windows 8 so that it looks a little bit more of Windows 7 is at the same level of a corporate mea culpa than Coke admitting that the new Coke formula of the 1980s was a big failure. Well the dust test was pretty much settled Windows 8 is not the digital messiah that Steve Ballmer and the other head had chose hand chose Microsoft had hoped it to be. The truth is you really can’t blame them for pinning their hopes on Windows 8. Technology move so fast, paradigms and protocols and standards can shift overnight. You cannot fault Microsoft for seeing the writing on the wall and try to throw as much spaghetti on the wall to see if anything would stick. They have a lost out in the past and they won’t want to lose out on their crown jewel which is the operating system market.
The dust has settled and Windows 8 is a disappointment
This is not a big surprise. Windows 8 had its work cut out for it. Microsoft overarching paradigm was that all devices, mobile devices, even ATM kiosks and even industrial machines would be running a version of Windows 8 to do its job. This is very unified theory of computing and you really have to give brawny points to Ballmer and company for thinking big. Unfortunately, they are not on the same wave line as the market. The market thrives on the diversity. Sure there is some value to a unified system with all things running on the same platform. But based on the reception of the Windows 8, the market is partially convinced that Microsoft should be the company holding the keys to that unified software.
The Microsoft even update number curse
As the dust settles around Windows 8 and people are fully realized how big of disappointment it is, all sorts of theories have popped up in message boards forums and twitter feeds regarding what exactly happen. One of the most interesting is the idea that Microsoft just has a badluck with even numbered updates. There is some truth to this. Let’s move back from Windows 8, there is Windows 7. This was a home run. It hit the ball right out the park and everybody loved it. Right before Windows 7 is Windows Vista. You remember Windows Vista? Everybody hated it. Few people could figure it out some people thought it was trying to do more than it was capable of doing and it was just too busy, regardless, its flop. And before Windows Vista was Windows XP. Just judging by its long life and huge number of fans was enormous success. And before Windows XP, everybody could agree that Windows ME or millennial edition was another disaster. So there you have it. There is some legs to this theory. It is not completely pulled out at a thin blue air. But I would think that a multibillion dollar fiasco Windows 8 would hang on something more substantial than just the fact that it is an even numbered release.
Learning from Windows 8 and Vista
A lot could be learned from Microsoft’s two most recent megaflops, Windows 8 and Vista. First of all people don’t like change. The great thing about Windows 7 is that there is a lot going on under the hood but the user interface didn’t bombard you with the fact that there is a lot going on. There is a lot of high powered computing and teachers with Windows 7 but you have a very comfortable look and feel and this is what set people at ease and made that product a success. Maybe Microsoft can learn from that experience.