What Should Microsoft Do to Sell Windows 8 to the Masses? [We Ask You]

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Windows 8 is now available to all those who want it: to download, to buy on disc, or to buy pre-installed on a new PC. Microsoft has already certified more than 1,000 devices to run the new operating system. From the results gathered so far in the poll currently running here on MakeUseOf it looks as though plenty of people have already made the switch from XP, Vista, or Windows 7, but then we’re all geeks.

The question is whether the mainstream will join in the footsteps of us geeks in upgrading to Windows 8. I see few signs of that happening yet, and the confused nature of Windows 8 means it may never do. Which leads to the question for this week’s We Ask You column.

This Week’s Question…

What Should Microsoft Do To Sell Windows 8 To The Masses?

It’s debatable as to whether Microsoft has done enough to convince the tech-buying public to quickly shift over to Windows 8. But what’s clear is it hasn’t yet managed to convince the mainstream public that it needs to ditch the version of Windows they’re using currently and move to Windows 8 forthwith.

What should Microsoft do to achieve that goal? Is it all about the product itself, in which case are there any changes that need to be made sooner rather than later? Should Microsoft focus on securing more apps for the Windows Store? Should the arty ads be ditched in favor of simple commercials explaining what Windows 8 is, what it does, and why it’s better than everything that has come before?

We want to hear your thoughts on this subject, so get your thinking caps on and leave a comment detailing your best advice to Microsoft regarding Windows 8 at this point in time.

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Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told UsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

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