Windows 8: A make-or-break moment for Microsoft

  • Article by: MICHAEL LIEDTKE , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 25, 2012 - 6:26 PM

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8.

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kookoolooOct. 25, 12 9:38 AM

Stick to the servers, laptops and workstations cause for tablets, phones and other devices Windows8 is gonna be a flop!

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misterwittOct. 25, 1210:13 AM

I would bet on "break"....

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wa0tdaOct. 25, 1211:54 AM

The last thing enterprise users want is a new OS with enormous changes in the interface. The training & tech support alone is a deal breaker.

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AirForceGuyOct. 25, 1212:28 PM

Windows 8 is not very good. I've been using the Developers Preview version for a while (which is a fancy way of saying the Beta). They've been fixing a lot of the glitches, but not nearly enough...anyone who's in their late 40s+ is going to be completely lost using it. Pray your office doesn't install it because you WILL NOT get anything productive done. Guaranteed. I actually DO LIKE what they are trying to do, but this is a terrible time to do it. It's much too radical a change for most people. Office 2013/Office 365 isn't going to be very welcomed, either. They're trying to push everyone to the Cloud for business applications, but the reason people (like myself) want locally installed programs like Office 2010 is because it's more secure. The Cloud IS NOT...yet. Windows 8 will be like Windows Vista in my opinion...Vista will be hard to top in terms of how awful it is though.

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myanmarickOct. 25, 12 3:40 PM

I am still pissed about Microsoft changing the User Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 products (Word, Excel, Outlook) which did nothing for anyone except to hide functionality that has been plainly obvious to users for about 10-years.

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ZombiehunterOct. 25, 12 5:00 PM

All those computers behind Steve in the photo look like a bad '80s video game from this vantage point.

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scenic61Oct. 25, 12 8:58 PM

Windows 8 is going to be an epic failure. Microsoft is assuming too much here of its users...and we all know what happens when people assume things. Bye bye Ballmer.

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buffrkhansoOct. 26, 12 8:03 AM

Now, I haven't used Windows 8, but have seen demos online. It looks like a confusing mess. It 'may' take off in the tablet market if anyone is willing to switch from their IOS or Android device, but this has to be a huge flop for desktop and laptop PCs. How many of them have touch screens?

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