By Rich Davie@RichDavieAugust 22, 2014
The Death Knell For Windows 8 can now be heard in the near distance... and for many PC users, the death of Windows 8 can't come soon enough.
There are new reports that say Microsoft will give the world a first look at the new version of Windows on September 30 or shortly thereafter... and it looks like Microsoft will be going back to the basics in some regards in Windows 9.
Windows 8 was yet another instance of Microsoft rushing to get an incomplete and not fully tested operating system to market simply to establish another revenue stream to increase profits.
From the perspective of a computer technician, I can tell you that the majority of clients that I have interacted with absolutely abhor Windows 8... and as basic end users, they have every reason to !
For tech savvy individuals, the changes to Windows 8 over Windows XP and Windows 7 were not insurmountable obstacles... but to your average end users who don't like, want, or appreciate change.
The changes in Windows 8 were just way too dramatic, and such a far departure from the comfortable Windows operating systems that end users have become familiar with over the last 10 to 20 years.
We've seen this sort of business strategy over and over again by Microsoft... and it has chased many end users away from Microsoft to one of the many flavors of Linux, and even Apple computers.
Check out this graphic (even though it forgets to include Windows 2000 and Windows NT) :
Whoever came up with the idiotic idea to make an operating system on a computer function like a smartphone with a swiping feature when you move the mouse should not be allowed back into the design team brainstorming headquarters... and that goes for the brainiac who decided it would be wise to do away with the oh so familiar and comfortable start menu.
In addition to that... the design team decided to make the safe mode feature extremely difficult to find for the average end user.
Tweaking-out the Windows 8 operating system to get it back to a somewhat comfortable and functional method of operation is not a straight forward task that can be easily accomplished by most individuals who are basically end users that simply want to turn on their PC and use it as they have in the past.
I could go on with other complaints that have been conveyed to me, but to me it was quite obvious what the geniuses at Microsoft were trying to do yet again... and that goal was to try and create an operating system that would be an end-all-be-all cross-platform operating system for the end user's desktop, notebook, tablet, and smartphone.
This was something they failed at miserably back when they tried to merge Windows 2000/Windows NT and Windows 98 into the abysmal failure that was the Windows Millennium operating system... this was basically the operating system that evolved into Windows XP, but it was rushed to market simply to generate revenue.
As I mentioned earlier, this repetitive and failed business strategy has chased many PC users away from Microsoft... and I've experienced this revolt first-hand in the world of a PC technician.
Even though I'm a Microsoft PC guy, I refuse to purchase any Microsoft operating system until it's been out for at least 6 months to a year so most of the initial bugs and glitches can be worked out... but then again, I'm fortunate enough to be able to resurrect nearly any computer that most end user give up for dead