PC Makers: Windows 8 May Not Be All It's Cracked Up to Be
August 21, 2012 12:17 PM
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Acer and other PC makers lower forecasts for second half 2012 PC shipments
While many PC makers saw the coming of Windows 8 as an opportunity for growth and increased competition against Apple, those feelings are slowly fading.
Acer Inc., Quanta Computer Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc., three major PC makers, have all lost hope in Windows 8 being the savior of PC sales for the second half of fiscal year 2012. This opinion differs from those heard by the same PC makers earlier this year, who were
happy to show off Windows 8 laptops, all-in-ones and ultrabooks
at the Computex trade show in Taipei. Acer even said that Windows 8 PCs would bring growth to his company once again.
But these opinions changed as PC makers see no customer enthusiasm for personal computers running the Windows 8 operating system. Another issue, according to analysts and the PC makers, is that Windows 8 laptops and ultrabooks will likely be much too expensive upon release.
J.T. Wang, CEO of Acer, said he has grown unsure of the Windows 8 ecosystem. His company is lowering its expectations for PC sales upon Windows 8's release.
"Originally, we were expecting very high growth in the second half," said Wang. "We're still waiting for a sign of consumer enthusiasm."
Analysts are changing their sales forecasts as well, mainly due to the fact that some believe it'll take three to four financial quarters for consumers to get onboard with Windows 8. It won't take off right away. Rather, Microsoft will have to seek out developers for more applications in order to grab consumer interest.
While the PC turf isn't looking so hot, mobile devices may not be so disappointing. The
price of touchscreens and tablets running Windows 8
may be an issue, especially because there are many cheaper alternatives, but consumers have shown greater enthusiasm for
Microsoft's Surface tablet
Windows 8 has been a pretty controversial topic. The main issue seems to be the user interface, formerly called Metro. It features colorful tiles that represent different applications on the home screen. The change was a hopeful move to attract new users (perhaps those normally enticed by Apple's colorful and friendly-looking operating systems). However, Microsoft is looking to
change the name of Metro
after a recent discovery -- a German retailer called Metro AG threatened to sue.
Windows 8 will be
released to the public on October 26
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I hated Windows 8
8/22/2012 11:16:35 AM
I spent a couple hours on Windows 8 and I hated it.
I'm over 40 years old and I've used computers in many forms for well over half that time. I've used operating systems like DOS, OS/2, almost every version of Windows from 3.x, Linux in many varieties, BeOS, Haiku OS, half a dozen versions of Mac OS or more, and much more.
I expect a certain amount of standardization between Windows versions or at the very least an easy way to customize the look so it's familiar with the older version(s) features I've grown accustomed to or just prefer. It doesn't make any difference if a new interface is better if I simply don't like it. If I don't have an easy choice to learn it on my own time it frustrates me and Windows 8 frustrated me immensely. I simply didn't like it and trying to make it more comfortable to previous versions of Windows was not easy or simply next to impossible in any reasonable manner. Why put so much effort into supporting legacy hardware and then piss on legacy users who either can't adapt that quickly or simply don't want to? No amount of glowing praise, wonderful reviews, flashy TV advertisements, or OEM preloading will repair the damage done by the "shove it down their throats" attitude I perceive with Windows 8.
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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