Microsoft touching up Windows 8 to address gripes


SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address the complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.

The tune up announced Tuesday are part of a software package known as “Blue” scheduled to be released in time for the holiday season. It’s meant to fix perceived shortcomings in Windows 8, a radical overhaul of Microsoft Corp.’s ubiquitous operating system released last October.

Windows 8 is supposed to make Microsoft a more prominent player in the growing mobile device market while maintaining the Redmond, Washington state, company’s dominance in PCs.

But Windows 8’s new design emphasizing interactive tiles and touch controls seems to have befuddled as many people as it has impressed.

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  • Christian Harvey

    If you do not have any problem with Windows 8 then good for you but not all of us are tech savvy enough. We need to keep that in mind. Microsoft is simply addressing the concern of the greater majority who are having difficulty with the change. Its good microsoft listened else i doubt it will achieve what xp and windows 7 had already achieved.

  • Zim

    I don’t have any problem with my W8 pc. I don’t need start button as well. I can find anything on the search.

    • ranjoranido

      ok sige. hahahaha.

  • Mel

    It is a bit confusing, Microsoft can’t afford long user learning curve especially with fierce competitors.

  • Rey G. Domingo

    MS8 is non-intuitive. Period!

  • Mux

    I don’t see why people are making an issue about the lack of a Start button. DOS didn’t have a Start button, Windows 3.1 didn’t have a Start button, none of the IOS or Android software have a Start button.

    • ranjoranido

      nakasanayan na kasi. i think alam mo naman ang sagot sa tanong mo.

      • Mux

        Anong tanong? I am not asking any question.

      • ranjoranido

        pa kiss nga mux…

      • Mux

        Are you female?

      • ranjoranido

        female in heart.

      • Mux

        Sorry, only real females in heart, mind and most importantly… BODY can kiss me.

  • RyanE

    Windows 8 metro layout is designed for touch screen. It is good for tablets and ultraportables. However, for PCs without touch screen being used in business and offices, Windows 8 is not appropriate especially when the Start Menu on the lower left corner of the screen is absent.
    Another problem with Windows 8 is IE10 which have incompatibility issues with older system used by banks and other businesses.

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