Microsoft’s Windows 8 is a ‘dog’s breakfast,’ says MIT professor

News Richard Goodwin 13:07, 7 Dec 2012

What’s the worst Xmas present you could give someone this year? Simple: a Windows 8-powered hybrid-tablet, according to MIT professor Philip Greenspun

Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform certainly has its fair share of detractors, but perhaps the most vocal so far has been internet entrepreneur and MIT processor Phillip Greenspun who recently likened the OS to a ‘dog’s breakfast.’

Greenspun panned almost every aspect of Microsoft’s new software, noting that Microsoft had four years to study Android and more than five to examine iOS, but still couldn’t build a usable tablet experience, reports BGR

Clearly not impressed by what Microsoft has come to the table with, Greenspun even went as far as saying that Windows 8 would be the perfect Christmas gift for somebody that you hate. 

‘The only device that I can remember being as confused by is the BlackBerry PlayBook,’ added Greenspun on his blog. 

‘Suppose that you are an expert user of Windows NT/XP/Vista/7, an expert user of an iPad, and an expert user of an Android phone… you will have no idea how to use Windows 8.’

According to recent stats, Microsoft will sell less than 1 million Surface RT tablets this year. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said sales had been ‘modest’ but this is still an exceptionally low-figure. 

Nonetheless, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 has been installed 40 million times since its release, which isn’t too bad at all. 

Personally speaking, I don’t mind Windows 8 having used it for a good couple of months on my main PC at home. Yes it does have its nuances but they’re nothing compared to Windows RT, the ARM-specific version of Windows 8 that’s about as useful as a one-legged dog

So, are there any upsides to using Windows 8 in Greenspun’s view? 

Yep, just one: ‘some of the supplied apps [notably Bing Finance] are wonderful.’

Oh dear…


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