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David Pogue writes, "All of it is a giant exercise in rearranging crackers on plates on deck chairs on the Titanic. The fundamental problem with Windows 8 hasn’t changed: you’re still working in two operating systems at once. You’re still leaping from one universe into another — the color schemes, fonts and layouts all change abruptly — and it still feels jarring. There are still too many duplicate programs and settings, one in each environment. And you still can never live entirely in one world or the other.

The more you work with Windows 8, the more screamingly obvious the solution becomes: Split it up. Offer regular Windows on regular computers, offer TileWorld on tablets. That way, everyone has to learn only one operating system, and each operating system is suited to its task.

Microsoft mostly ignored the traditional Windows desktop world in Windows 8.1; the company is betting that all computers will someday have touch screens ... Unfortunately for that vision, reality seems to have other ideas."
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I do wonder how much of the decline in PC sales is due to Windows 8.  Most of the press focuses on tablets as the cause, but people really don't seem to like Windows 8.  It's hard to tease out the root cause.  Anyone sense any articles trying to do it?  Perhaps surveys asking consumers and businesses whether they delayed PC purchases and why?  Closest I can find are things like Gartner and IDC reports which list several reasons for slowing PC sales (usually tablets, recession, Windows 8, and lack of need for more computing power) but don't try to isolate out the magnitude of each one (here's an example, with links out to reports: http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2013/04/why-arent-people-buying-new-pcs-because-they-dont-have-to/).
 
Also, it's anecdotal, but I was just talking with someone last night who claimed the corporate world hates Windows 8 and that almost all the PCs sold to corporations supposedly with Windows 8 are actually running Windows 7 (they're immediately downgraded to Windows 7). Wish I could find a good survey on that, closest I could find was a recent Forrester report (summarized here: http://redmondmag.com/articles/2013/05/17/windows-8-enterprise-report.aspx).
 
I would suspect that people running Win8 at work don't like it and therefore aren't buying new home machines since you can really only get Win8 on new machines now. Which equals more iPad purchases instead?
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