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Although Windows 8 came into the market amid great hype, it had a fairly subtle impact on the existing Windows users, not to mention the low uptake. This not only surprised Microsoft, the developer of Windows 8, but also the critics of the OS. A report published by NetApplication in February 2013 points out that neither Windows 8 nor Windows RT came close to getting tablets to outsell laptops. Report claims that even the Windows Phone 8 does not remarkably pique the customers’ interest. What are the causes of these Windows 8 problems of scanty interest generation?
Useless desktop interface
The Windows 8 user interface has been highly spoken of. However, it does not have a relevant desktop interface; which is actually not much more than gaudy. The tablet interface could be said to be an average. A conventional Windows user has to learn a totally different way handling a PC when it comes to Windows 8, for apparently no good reason.
No innovation to the desktop
Though Windows 8 claims to be faster than Windows 7, when it comes to practical purposes, it seems to perform more slowly. There is nothing innovative for the desktop. Basically a touch oriented interface, Windows 8 is rather a mess when it comes on Desktop which is operated with mouse and keyboard.
Developers shun it
Most of the programmers are reluctant to involve themselves in programming for Windows 8 .NET, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).
Windows 7 users aren’t impressed
When Windows Vista came into the market, most of the XP users found themselves reluctant to upgrade, due to its less impressive features in comparison. The same is happening with Windows 8 also. Most Windows 7 users do not see anything too impressive about Windows 8.
Competition from Tablet and smart phones
Though PCs haven’t disappeared from the market, and there are numerous active users still, the present trend shows that people who want to buy a new computing device prefer an Apple iPad, or a Chromebook, or an Android tablet. When compared against these, PCs are neither profitable nor portable. The new Windows 8 is not helping the PC sales either.
Recent reports show that business firms who had been using Windows XP for the last few years are presently shifting to Windows 7, rather than opting for Windows 8. The reason is obvious: the Windows 8 problems that the users might confront upon choosing the latter.