Originally Posted by Sam I Am
I guess you didn't use America Online back in the early 90s.
Windows 8 is a complete throwback to AOL in the early to mid 90s.
I said the same thing when I saw the first screenshot of Win8 a while back. The only thing missing is for each of those rectangular areas to be turned into flashing/animated ads by those companies promoting additional products and services.
I think this was Microsoft's way of trying to jump ahead of Apple since OS/X is likely to be replaced on their laptops and desktop computers with IOS in the near future.
I am all for innovation, but I think Microsoft made a huge mistake here. Their operating systems have been consistently the same interface wise since the Windows 2.0 release (first public release). While they have tweaked, improved, etc. the interface, for the most part it has remained the same. They should have created a hybrid interface for Win8 that would allow users to continue using what is familiar to them and then use incentives to help users transition over to their Metro interface gradually over a period of time.
Forcing users to start over with a completely new interface makes Apple's and Linux's pre-Win8 Windows interfaces look even more attractive to users who are considering computer upgrades. This will especially be true for companies and older non tech-savvy computer owners.
Microsoft is desperate to get into the computer app market like Apple has with OS/X on their actual computers. This was a very risky move by Microsoft and I personally think most users are going to stick with Win7 for the foreseeable future.