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International press divided on Windows 8

Most hacks aren’t in love it

Back at IDF we had a chance to spend some quality time with many of our colleagues from around the world and we heard mixed emotions regarding Windows 8 and its potential effect on the industry.

The new is certainly the biggest chance for Microsoft since its trademark desktop OS is taking a back seat and after more than two decades of desktop dominance. For some people it is hard to imagine life without desktops, but the market is changing.

Think about it like a Blackberry user without a physical keyboard. Windows 8 needs touch to works as it was meant to, and many of the computers today don’t have touch support. Most old desktops don’t and never will have touch, but in all fairness you can get by with a mouse and keyboard, but it’s not as easy and smooth as with touch.

We heard many colleagues voicing concerns about Windows 8 and the fact that the Windows application shop is not flooded with applications doesn’t help either.

As far as people who miss the traditional desktop layout and the start button go, someone has already made a free application that can get you automatically to desktop (Windows 8 doesn’t allow this, you launch to Metro only Ed.) that will make quite a few old-timers happy.

It’s a mixed bag but we don’t see many Windows 7 users rushing to upgrade and certainly not the Windows XP crowd.

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