It might not come as a shocking news for many, but the launch latest computer
operating system in this year by Microsoft – The Windows 8 – was not good
enough to compel buyers to buy too many PCs for their home. The truth is that the
world is shifting towards lighter and more affordable solutions, the smart phones
and tablets, to get their daily requirement fulfilled. On top of that, the economies
of major countries did not gain too much strength during the year 2012, making
people to refrain from spending unnecessary money on personal and business
Windows 8 is the next installment in the computer operating system line by
Microsoft, following the extremely successful Windows 7. Windows 8 eight
brought dramatic changes as compared to the legacy OSes, the most important
being the kernel. Windows 8 introduced a new Modern UI, which is now the
primary “start screen” of the OS. This UI has been adopted from the Metro UI of
Windows Phone 7 and was developed to make the OS more touch friendly.
One major point which Microsoft overlooked was that most of the PC owners
do not have touch screens, making the Modern UI rather difficult to adopt with a
mouse and keyboard. Secondly, some minor changes in the original desktop, along
with making it the secondary UI, has repelled customers who are afraid of facing
drastic changes in the way their computer operates.
Another major issue is are overpriced ultrabooks, which does not give a solid
impression as to why to buy the products. Total PC shipments fell by 6.4% as
compared to 2011, giving a clear indication of where the consumer electronics
market is heading to. However, it will take some while before people truly realize
the potential and use of Windows 8 in the touch screen market.