It is known to all of us that after its launch, Windows 8 got a lukewarm acceptance from the users across global technology market. Users seem to have bombarded the online forums with the reflection of their disappointments from Windows 8. Market research firms like NPD Group came up with reports to reveal that sales of Windows 8 supported Notebooks went down by 21 percent in the first month of Windows 8 general availability.
There is no denial that Microsoft brought a fundamental shift with Windows 8 in order to make its operating system (OS) more compatible with touch-screen devices, which seem to be the choice of majority of gadget lovers. If that is the concern then Windows 8 can’t be tagged as a failed OS, because it runs fairly awesome, fast and sleek, in the right kind of hardware i.e touch devices. But when it comes to non-touch desktops or laptops, Windows 8 have failed to live up to the expectation of the users.
In the year 2013, worldwide PC sale declined, probably because handy, small and portable touch devices turned out to be a huge success in capturing the users’ attention. In such a scenario, even Microsoft molded its OS features to comply more with touch devices and less with non touch laptops and desktops.
Why the users of non-touch devices disliked Windows 8?
It seems, the only mistake that Microsoft has committed is that it put all its attention towards enhancing the usability over touch-screen devices and neglected its large chunk of those users who are still using Windows supported non-touch desktops and laptops. Some of the most reported complaints against Windows 8 are:
Although, some grievances of the users seem close to the reality because these are actually troubling the user interface with the OS, but a few complaints are just the result of users’ failure in adopting to the new and changed features of Windows. For instance, if the Start menu has gone then a new Start Screen has been introduced that works just similar to the old Start Menu. Only notable difference is perhaps that this new Start screen opens full screen unlike the Start menu that used to cover a small area in the left bottom side. Yet the market research revealed that users are considerably disappointed with the fact that Windows don’t have the Start button. But the good news is that Microsoft has introduced the upgraded version - Windows 8.1, which has brought the Start button back.
Windows 8 Gets Better With Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 has rectified all the drawbacks pertaining to Windows 8. Yet, if any user is facing problem with the new versions of Windows then it is probably because they are new to it and not been able to adapt to the changed Windows. This change is required in light of the changing picture of technology. As devices are transforming to touch screen, so in order to compete with Android and iOS-run touch devices, Microsoft had to offer something like Windows 8. The new version is an improved version in every possible way as it has been integrated with some amazing features like:
Users who are new to Windows 8 just need to understand this new OS. There are actually two versions including Windows 8 and Windows Pro 8. Users first need to understand which version they need. Pro 8 come with an additional economical media pack. The users should upgrade to windows 8 only if they have a 1GHz or faster CPU that supports PAE or PAE-NX Physical Address Extension, 1GB of RAM or 2GB for 64-bit systems, 20GB of hard drive space and a DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver.
When run in a system with aforementioned or advanced specification, Windows 8/ 8.1 is fast and fun. As majority of the newly launched laptops and desktops are featured with the aforementioned tech specification, so there is no space for any doubt that whether Windows 8 will perform well on those devices or not. Windows 8 does wonder in those devices.
It seems this idea has also got clear among users as well, which has resulted into the 10’% increase in the combined market share for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 after 15 months of its initial release.