When someone says they use Windows 8, people either cringe or join in a nerdy conversation about the possibilities of a windows app store with them. Windows has always been the premiere OS for tower PC users (aside from the Linux and Mac systems), because it was mainly the only real computer OS option that was reasonably easy to learn and was capable of enough functionality to be useful.
With the new innovations that come with modern phone and tablet computers, Microsoft has recently changed it's OS layout to match current successful tablet OS's like iOS and Android. Windows 8 has been an attempt by Microsoft to get in on the Tablet computer scene and compete in a big way. Has it worked? That depends on who you ask.
Microsoft seems very optimistic about their new direction with Windows 8, despite the fact that Windows 8 only has 8% of the market share, and Windows 7, 8's predecessor, now has 46%, and actually grew faster than Windows 8 in September.
So, why is windows 7 doing so much better than 8 even though 8 is supposed to be 'better'?
When windows 8 first launched, there were many complaints about the removal of the long-cherished “Start Menu”. It was replaced with a series of tiles laid out across a “Start Screen” which allowed touch screen users to 'tap' the large tiles to open 'windows apps'. However, many felt that this 'split' windows into two sections, one section which was app-powered, and the other for classic windows programs.
The release of windows 8.1 sort of bridges the OS back together. The most noticeable change is that the start button is back, but it's not like it once was. When you click or 'tap' the start menu in 8.1, it brings up a version of the tile-based 'start screen' much like what happens when you move the mouse to the lowest-left corner and click. To most users, this is just a wish that's been half-granted.
In the original 8, a big gripe from most users was the way windows 8 handled it's 'modern' app-snapping. Now with 8.1 you can snap more than two apps together and customize the aspect-ratio of the windows as you see fit. Along with the ability to boot directly to desktop again, Microsoft has made changes to the clunky windows OS that's sure to help things in the long run.
But it is still quite apparent that Windows 8 will never be what Windows 7 is. Microsoft has (intentionally or no) created a bit of a divide in their users. Windows 8 is shipping to naive consumers, and Windows 7 is shipping to businesses and enterprises who are interested in doing serious work.
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