Windows 8 has been the operating system to split opinion. While many people hate the interface changes, there are a select audience who claim it was a good move forward for Microsoft. Sadly sales figures have verified the poor response from the end user and the operating system has failed to drive PC sales in 2013.
While we can debate the pros and cons (and have done many times already), it is always interesting to hear from leading people in the industry. One such person – Robert Rutherford believes there is nothing wrong with Windows 8, but that the company are more a victim of release time, rather than any major issues with the code, or interface.
Robert Rutherford, managing director of specialist IT consultancy, QuoStar Solutions, said “Windows 8 was a failure of timing, not of design. Microsoft has set itself up in 2013 as a source of creativity and innovation, the problem is that the new vibe doesn’t yet gel with what users know and expect from the brand. On this occasion Microsoft pushed the envelope too much, but the time for these innovations will come. It’s important that Microsoft keeps doing what it’s doing to provide a challenge to Apple’s creative dominance.
On the commercial side, many businesses rely on Microsoft for their IT solutions whilst Apple focuses its energies in the consumer market. IT teams will be looking ahead to the raft of technologies that Microsoft has lined up for the remainder of 2013 with an interest undiminished by the failure of the Windows 8 interface.”
Kitguru says: Windows 8, a victim of timing rather than design?