Microsoft may have really stepped in it with their newest version of Windows, and the only thing it has going for it is that it’s a new version. That’s pretty much it. Microsoft knows there’s no reason to upgrade from 7 to 8, because the only real upgrade that people are going to take notice of is that horrible GUI start screen.
But the big hit isn’t coming from consumers, yet. It’s coming from the world of PC game developers. The guys over at Valve are calling Windows 8 a disaster for PC gamers. And Valve isn’t the only one who sees something bad coming for the world of PC gaming with Windows 8 at the helm. Stardock, Blizzard, and Notch (Minecraft’s creators) are not happy with the future of PC gaming either. They have all expressed some concerns with Microsoft and Windows 8.
Valve isn’t taking any chances in the event that Windows 8 bites the dust. Steam is already being offered on Mac OS, and in the near future will be ported to Linux in an effort to expand PC gaming beyond the PC. Microsoft has dominated the computer gaming market pretty much since the first games came out for computers. But with the release of W8, they may have signed their own death warrant in the eyes of major game developers.
One of the big problems is that the average consumer doesn’t want to lug around a laptop, no matter how small they are now days. We are moving into the world of tablets as the primary tool for computing and web browsing now, and Microsoft recognized that. They wanted to jump on the band wagon and turn Windows into a tool that would dominate the tablet market. But instead of developing a separate OS just for tablets, they figured why not just force all PC users to use tablet software, whether they are on tablets or not?
I’m sure that developing two separate versions of Windows 8 would have been a hassle, but to ensure that they stay on top of the PC gaming world and not fall to their competitors, it seems like a no-brainer. And in recent polls, over half of consumers don’t like the look and feel of W8, having no intention of upgrading in late October. The main reasons being that it looks like crap, operates like crap, and offers nothing in return for upgrading. I’m paraphrasing a bit there, but not by much. The popular opinion for PC users is that Windows 8 sucks.
And in the end, it might just be that the people don’t like the new GUI start screen. It certainly doesn’t work well if you don’t have a touch screen PC or tablet. Who wants to click around on a screen like that? We PC gamers, modders, and tinkerers have all enjoyed using an OS that doesn’t look like it was designed for kindergarteners. Yeah, I’m calling you out right here, Mac. The oversized cartoon buttons and blocks makes me feel like I’m playing with a toy in a doctor’s office waiting room. Hell, the icons on my smartphone are a hundred times smaller by comparison.
I honestly see Windows 8 becoming another Vista. People are going to hate it, and by the time Microsoft fixes everything they knowingly screwed up, it will be time to release a whole new OS. So who knows? We might end up with another Windows 7 out of this. Let’s just hope that Microsoft decides to target the main group that uses their software; PC users. And maybe, just maybe, they will give us the f@$&ing Start button back. I just can’t help but think that 99% of the complaints about this new OS could have been avoided just by making the Start Screen optional and leaving the Start button in. I believe that’s all they would have to change to get back back in most of our good graces.