With the launch of windows 8 and Microsoft’s undying effort to converge tablet and desktop interface (and mobile / xbox interface) into one, Microsoft has taken shots from both tablet and desktop users. With the march of android and IOS, people are even saying that the days of WINTEL (windows + Intel) are over.
But wait, this is not the first time Microsoft has screwed up. Here is the history of Microsoft getting their act together the second time.
Windows 98: one of the most popular version of windows which handled blue screen of death pretty well (/sarcasm) had to be re-released as windows 98 SE (SE for second edition and not security enhanced edition) and thus adding more stability to its constantly corrupting, virus infesting and BSOD’ed version.
Windows 2000: yeah their first NT based home user operating system that added the much desired stability but was incompatible with so many softwares that it became a dud and Microsoft had to rush windows millennium just to satisfy angry windows 98 users. The fix? The fix was finally the launch of windows XP which is till date the best OS from Microsoft and is still going strong, especially in corporate office (I am still using this hunk of junk at my office).
Windows Vista: need to say anymore, this version sucked so much that even Linux people thought that they have a chance for finally fulfilling the dream of “year of desktop Linux”. Heck even Mac OS gained some ground here. The fix was the launch of windows 7 and this is what everyone is holding on to now. Amazing thing is that windows 7 is not different from Vista and yet it’s more acceptable.
Windows 8: Microsoft has spent so much on this UI and the return they are getting is just awesome (sarcasm alert). Microsoft kept the hopes alive for year of desktop Linux, removed the start bottom, introduced internet feeding non interactive tiles and confused user with separate desktop and metro (whatever they are this UI now) interface. Microsoft has just launch windows 8.1, which like win 7 is not so different from its predecessor.
Conclusion: as we can see, Microsoft has done goofs up before and escaped by learning and correcting themselves. But the difference from past and then is that we now have options for devices and operating system other than windows and thus Microsoft is slowly getting the backstage treatment. Microsoft was slow to embrace is convergent world and now time will tell if windows 8.1 will help them survive or not. BTW I hate Microsoft