Actually I believe Windows 8 has failed. People are telling Microsoft that with there wallets
Terry, Terry, Terry, what am I going to do with you? All this "epic fail" talk, and "people telling Microsoft that with their wallets", yet no mention of the many contributing factors as to why Win 8 hasn't done so well from a market perspective.
One vital point that must be mentioned is the piss poor state of the economy in those countries hardest hit by the GFC... with the US being high on that list if not at the top. Fact is, the US economy still hasn't recovered and unemployment is high, so is it really a case of people [in any country] rebuking MS over Win 8 and voting with their wallets, or is it a case of having nothing in their wallets to consider purchasing Windows of any flavour? For mine, the latter has the greater air of truth about it... and does not prove Windows 8 to be an epic fail.
Another vital point is the ongoing craze for mobile/portable devices, and how two companies have the mobile market pretty much sewn up with their IOS and Android operating systems. So, if people have money to spend on computing consumables, they are more likely to go with products that have been tried and true. Now while Microsoft has entered this market and made some inroads with Windows 8 devices, it is a late comer and is competing against proven performers, therefore sales are not going to be ideal at such an early juncture. However, this does not prove Windows 8 is an epic fail. It merely suggests a market shift and that other platforms have the greater market share due to pre-existing popularity.
Has nothing to do with being lazy. Has to do with the fact that MS took away key parts of Windows and replaced them with an annoying Metro UI.
Now this is what really peeves me, that Metro is the reason Win 8 supposedly sux.... why so many people say they hate it. Frankly, anybody who flat out condemns Win 8 purely on the basis of Metro hasn't bothered to investigate or navigate the OS properly. With a bit of common sense and a bit of effort, Win 8 can be set up to do everything Win 7 and previous OSes could do.... and that's without having to keep going back into the Metro UI.... AND without having to resort to installing 3rd party start buttons/menus.
Yes, I have Start8 installed, but I rarely use it nowadays because I have Win 8 set up to suit my needs, with shortcuts and icons for my most used programs, with Winstep's Worshelf containing all the places I need to go within the OS. I rarely see the Metro UI, and if/when I do it's because I call it up because I want to access the store and/or an app.
So, all this drivel, baloney and bullshit about Metro being the reason to hate Win 8, it's pathetic and whiney assed nonsense, just a piss weak excuse for some to mouth off because they have eff all else to whine about.