Is Windows 8 a loser?
The new version of Windows is really important to Microsoft. It might even represent an inflection point in the company's financial future. Well, David Pogue unleashed his dislike for Windows 8 in a biting piece in The New York Times.
The Windows 8 operating system is in effect two operating systems, one for a mouse and keyboard environment and another for a touch-screen environment (i.e. a tablet computer, the Microsoft Surface, which went on sale last week). That seems OK; you would just engage the environment appropriate for your needs on the device you're using. It turns out you cannot do that.
According to Pogue, the user is stuck with having to deal with elements of both environments on whatever device is being used. He found the result hard to learn, inefficient and confusing. And, he could not figure out why Microsoft took this path; the combined OS was surely unnecessary.
I can't render a judgment. I have not experienced this new product, and I'm unlikely to become a customer. (I'm writing this on a Windows XP system.) But you might want to read Pogue's critique before you pony up for a Surface tablet and Windows 8.