Monday, September 29, 2014

Biggest Issues With Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8 launch was the most anticipated event for the software giant a couple of years back. However, it failed to prove any good as to what Microsoft expected.

We all know what happened. The operating system bombed big time, even compared to Windows Vista. Experts say that it is because of the plenty of Windows 8 problems, the operating system did not do well in the market. In fact, Microsoft admits that the latest OS in the Windows line did have some flaws. Let us list out some of the glaring Windows 8 problems here.

Metro-ized Start Screen and complicated interface

Microsoft tried to introduce something new in the user interface, but it was so new that it changed the familiar Windows design entirely. Therefore, most people found the operating system interface difficult to absorb. One of the most visible changes in the platform is the new ‘Metro style’ Start Screen replacing the Start Menu. Microsoft brought in a very new way of starting and managing the applications installed in Windows 8.

Microsoft genuinely feels that mobile devices and mobile applications are the future. Probably because of this, the software giant unified the design. As a result, Windows 8 looks much like its mobile counterpart Windows Phone. However, the problem here is that the new interface makes things complicated for users who have no idea why things are the way they are.

Inability entirely close applications

It is impossible to close any program in Windows 8 after use. When you open an application, it will not close until the operating system finds it necessary to suspend it. That too is done as a process to save CPU cycles. So, any such open apps continuously uses your system resources.

The company says that the whole idea of Metro and advanced applications for the new platform is that the kernel session is not closed entirely. This makes the system perform faster. Now, this looks reasonable, but when the suspended applications start consuming precious CPU resources, then it is a problem that needs to be rectified.

Even shutting down Windows 8 is an issue because of the hybrid shutdown options. For proper shut down or restart of Windows 8, you need to first Log off, and then click on the Power button and then select either Restart or Shutdown.

These were some of the glaring Windows 8 issues, which contributed in its collapse in the market. However, these are not the only ones that led Microsoft think of a new strategy.

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