If Microsoft has accomplished anything with their upcoming operating system, Windows 8, then it's certainly the generation of controversy. After all, the new OS is a big change from virtually every previous version of Windows and it has everyone talking. The Start menu, a part of Windows since way back in 1995, is gone, although there are ways to bring it back. There is a brand new, touch-friendly, Start screen that was designed primarily for tablets, although it works just fine on a traditional computer. Yes, the OS is different and not everyone is a fan.
Chris Pirillo, who gained notoriety back in the old Tech TV days, and now runs the popular web site Lockergnome, has been especially vocal about his opinions of Windows 8, and they have been fairly bad so far. He previously posted a video showing his dad trying to use the OS, with less-than-positive results. Now, he has taken his crusade out on the streets to talk to real users.
While I wouldn't accuse Pirillo of taking advantage of the situation to generate page views or of even being a Windows hater (he isn't), I would question how much the video has been edited to weed out those who may have liked the new design.
Clearly Windows 8 will be controversial going forward, and it will have perhaps as many detractors as it will have fans, but the early indications are hinting towards the next-generation operating system from Microsoft being a hit. We have already seen the software rocket to the top of the best selling software list on Amazon within 24 hours of release and now it appears that the entry-level 32 GB Surface tablet has sold out within the first day of being available for pre-order. Both Windows 8 and the Surface tablet will be available on October 26th.
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