Thursday, February 20, 2014

Windows 8 Spared The Fate Of Vista

When the initial euphoria surrounding the release of the Windows 8 died down, many tech experts started comparing the Windows 8 to Vista. You might remember the older OS, which was released with much fanfare, with its new radical graphical user interface and functions. It did not do well in the market; actually it did worse than Windows 8 is doing now.

Why Windows 8 probably won’t share this fate

It seems Microsoft had learned a lesson at the time or two from their Vista debacle. What supports this is that they quickly launched an update for Windows 8. Windows 8.1 came out almost at its heels, bringing along many changes in design and functionality.

After the release of Windows 8, the Windows 8 help and support website had received many complaints about the absence of a Start Menu and the hard-to-discern features in the new OS. Microsoft, therefore, added the Start button – though not the Start menu – to the Windows 8.1 update.

With the Metro UI, Microsoft was attempting to create a uniform OS interface for all its operating systems, for tablets, smart phones, laptops, etc. Their hesitation at re-introducing the Start Menu in full indicates they still do not want to deviate from this strategy.

They are hoping that with the popularity of the touch screen operating systems on the rise, Windows 8 users would eventually get used to the tile-based UI and might not even use the markedly less touch-friendly, menu-based UI. Of course, Microsoft has also provided the Desktop UI mode in Windows 8, for those who prefer to use the old fashioned menu-style UI.

Did all these changes result in any improvement in Windows 8 sales?

Microsoft’s strategy of tweaking the new OS based on customer feedback, seems to be working. After the release of the Windows 8.1 update, sales have marginally improved. There is a possibility this is due to the fact that Microsoft has stopped the Windows 7 sales. So, if you want to buy a new Windows OS PC, you have no choice but to buy one that comes with Windows 8 pre-installed.

On the other hand, this might be because Windows users now approve of the changes Microsoft made to the new OS. Whatever the reasons, Windows 8 has now officially crossed the Windows Vista market share. I guess Windows 8 would not be joining the Windows Vista club as a failed product. For more information about the Windows 8.1 update, visit the Windows 8 help website online.

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