It has now become apparent that the quick attempt from Microsoft to rescue its new OS has failed. Indeed, the Windows 8 upgrade version called Windows 8.1 was released barely a year after the release of the Windows 8 OS. This was in response to the declining sales of the Windows 8 OS. Microsoft realised quickly enough they might have to make some serious changes to the new OS to rescue it from the same fate as that of the Windows Vista OS.
Why the Windows 8 upgrade version failed to make an impact?
The Windows 8.1 update was offered free to all the current Windows 8 users. Microsoft designed the Windows 8 upgrade version taking into account all the customer complaints they have been receiving in the last few months about the new OS.
The changes in Windows 8.1 OS are indeed an improvement of a kind, but not nearly enough. The main grievances of the Windows 8 users still remain unaddressed. Microsoft really made a huge bet on the touch screen UI interface. However, the touch screen interface is not practical to use in a corporate environment, where you need to get a lot of typing done.
In such cases, the traditional keyboard and mouse would be the ideal input devices. From what one gathers from the many online forums, the Windows 8 OS, though designed also to work in the traditional Desktop user interface, makes this very difficult.
It is clear that the Metro UI is the main interface of the Windows 8 OS and the Desktop UI works not as smoothly as the Metro UI. The situation has not changed in the Windows 8.1 OS either. As one IT expert recently explained, human hands cannot stay vertical on a touch screen for long periods.
In other words, the traditional keyboard and mouse is the most convenient solution for long hours of computer use or even a touch screen input device that you can place horizontally on the table. The screen needs to stay vertical facing the user, while the input device needs to stay horizontal on the table. This is the ideal setting for programmers and writers, as well as the corporate users.
The problem with the Windows 8 OS is that it is designed exclusively for touch screen input, and the keyboard and mouse inputs are designed to work as substitutes for the touch screen interface. This makes it less user-friendly than Windows 7.