Windows 8 – A Disaster In The Making

Even though Windows 8 brings many incremental improvements over its predecessor, Microsoft managed to bungle this release almost irreparably. This is one more example where great engineering is rendered futile by dumb marketing decisions and a lack of internal harmony.

In spite of having a better kernel, but due to a stubborn functional direction, Windows 8 has been, from the start, doomed to fade in the brightness of its predecessor. It’s probably one of the reasons why Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky was fired^– which is a questionable decision, since he was in charge of the previous Windows release as well.

First Impressions about Windows 8 Emerge: And They Aren’t Good

Less than a month ago, I was writing^ a few thoughts I inferred from all the updates the Windows 8 Team released on their blog. Bottom line? The OS is in for a disappointing showing if the Windows 8 Team doesn’t change their rigid ways.

Now that the Consumer Preview has been released^, several pioneers and brave colonists decided to give it a try. Overall, they confirm my forecast: the OS is clumsy (at best) in its most important and profitable market: the PC…

Windows 8 Sales Forecast: Disappointing

A few years ago, long before Vista hit the market, I made a few predictions: 1, that few people will buy it; 2, that it will be a despised product and 3, that I will never install it. It’s 2012 and even Microsoft admitted^ that Vista was a failure. Also, all my predictions turned out to be right.

Now I’m back with a new prediction: Windows 8 will disappoint the most important market it has: the PC market. And it will do so, in spite of the fact that it is a great product…