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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Comments (64)
  • 70422computernerd

    I think windows will succeed and yet fail. It just depends on the type of person, for example teenagers might like this new GUI if they experiment with it because it is a little transition for teenagers, kids, and young adults of whom have iDevices (which there will be a more transition to the learning) Androids (somewhat a little bit more) and Windows Phones (Vvveeerrryyy Little transition) well anyway if you were to compare them with more elders mostly 50+ you will find that will have to everything, and on my view I have tested with members of my family that are very tech savy most of them 50+ they hated it, and will not upgrade to it. Microsoft has a few changes they need to make and Make them fast before they realize the sweet features that Mac has to offer. Some few options could be keep the traditional desktop all the way, but add back the start menu with INDIVIDUAL jump lists for most of the metro apps they have. For instance they would have an “all programs” option and then underneath have “Metro Apps” which would be a second alternative and have them all lined up in a row vertically labeled differently for the apps and have an option of big they would want it.
    If Microsoft Would Listen to The common people then they might be number one in this new age of technologie.

  • jim

    take it out of the store and remake it again it is cral

  • Falkon

    And finally, please if there is a TECH SUPPORT for windows 8 PLEASE USE our OWN good OLD USA for that. Our technical support does not just copy paste horse…. as a response to your computer issues as they do in INDIAN tech support of microsoft..please do not be like mcafee and the group of helpless Indian tech support who support you with a bunch of …..with copy and paste…..( I certainly I am sorry for your issues today, let me see if I can help you….and there goes 30 minutes waiting on line in a goofy colored chat room…and then they copy paste the HQ phone number in for you to call 02.00 hrs in the morning…and…is there anything else I can assist you with… :( .) . Please God let this one happen the right way, ( Of course with all respect to all great Indians guys and gals) please no more Indian tech support. please.

  • Falkon

    I think Microsoft needs to make windows 8 a bit user friendly so those who are new to computers don’t sit for hours figuring out what to do next and or what happened to the start button and how to hover the mouse all around the desktop hopping something is to going to happen now.
    Windows 8 is good looking but very confusing and time consuming pain in the neck.Windows 8 need to be lighter but more powerful than windows 7 with more possibilities for professional usage. Having to face the email exchange to start windows then later knowing that it is also possible to start locally is a pain in the a…
    What if someone don’t have an email address and the computer is for home fun or just games.
    I hope to God is much more safer than the other windows, without so many patches every week and HOPEFULLY compatible with the stuff that works on windows 7. Amen

  • Israel Alcántar González

    They should include some sort of Screen Sensors for ppl who dosn´t have touchscreens. In my opinion, Windows 8 is a step up for not using a Mouse at all.

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