Video: On-the-street reactions to Windows 8

Is the world ready for the "modern UI" experience that stems from Windows Phone and is now making its way to our tablets and PCs?
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48 Comments

23. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

100% ugly

25. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

THIS is it, people.. Windows 8 is gonna be an epic disaster. And don't think only simpletons think so! http://www.pcgamesn.com/article/why-i-m-uninstalling-windows-8 http://www.marketwatch.com/story/microsoft-reinvents-the-wheel-with-windows-8-2012-06-01

27. Naitto

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Yeah and this is why it is already Sold out In Europe. Because unlike aneroid, they not going to be waiting and wishing for updates.

26. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

I bet these are the same people that think the "e" is the internet!

28. Aeires unregistered

WinBlows 8, fail for the average user. And the majority of Windows users are average users. The lady at the 2 minute mark nailed it, the change from XP to 7 was acceptable but from 7 to 8 was too drastic. Love all the phone comments as well, MS has reduced it to that level.

32. mrllano

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

MS should put a tutorial tile.. Other people are not smart enough to know the modern ui.. Unlucky are they

33. VebbX

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Those people are just.. Sorry to say this, stupid or have almost not used a computer. If they do use the computer often, then they are really´╗┐ stupid... "alright, done with the freaks at the circus. Now, where are the NORMAL people you were going to test´╗┐ W8 on?" written by pcmjedi

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You have to realize that there are more people out there who aren't tech heads than are. Most know enough just to execute basic functions on a computer (web, email, games, etc.). Something like this could have repercussions beyond PC sales. It could also hurt online sales as well. It really no different than a chef saying that someone who can't cook at his level is stupid. He took the time to learn how to do it, but not everyone will. If everyone did he'd be cooking for himself.

37. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

It's not that they are stupid. Windows has been essentially the same since Windows 95 and now they completely change the interface, so of course people are going to be confused by it. I doubt anyone was able to figure everything out intuitively. The only reason why people like us knows how to use it is because we've watched a lot of demonstration videos and read articles about the features and how to do things. It's just like when Microsoft upgraded Office in 2007. Everyone was confused where things were hidden on the ribbons. Whether or not a UI is difficult or simple is up for debate. But one thing is for sure, people going from Windows 7 to Windows 8 are going to be very confused.

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The problem as I see it is not with W8, but with how it's being implemented. Phones & tablets? Fine. PCs? Not yet. Home PCs are still the way the majority of people get things done. Not everyone has a tablet or smartphone, so how is it going to feel if someone needs to replace their laptop or desktop and find that they don't like W8? Now they have an expensive device that they struggle to use. That may drive people to Linux or Apple, simply because they have an experience more similar to the older windows OS. Btw, the people I am referring to are not those who are well versed in mobile OS use. You know the ones who still have feature phones, or smartphone users still on windows 6.5 or blackberry. By forcing those people onto a new OS with a somewhat steep learning curve, there may be a serious backlash. Last I read, smartphone penetration in the US was around 50%, with some of that 50% of smartphone users still on Win6.5 & BB. That's a rather large market to alienate. It doesn't matter if you don't agree or think they're stupid, if the majority isn't happy that could be bad news for MS.

36. cheeseaddict

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

for me this story is biased.. of course you fuggin nerd the platform is just newly relased no one have used it yet, even the smartphones line up are still on pre orders stage, and then you have the guts to show people windows 8 is as hard to operate as an abacus.. come on men, just sh*t in ur ipad, eat on ur ipad, watch porn with ur ipad and have sex over ur ipad.. this is insane, no one will learn the os in a snap., mr apple iDiot..

38. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

I don't think this video is that bias. You have to ask yourself this question, if someone is coming straight from Windows 7 to Windows 8, will they be confused? And the answer is yes. The UI is completely different. There is a steep learning curve and for a lot of the general public, this will be a huge turn off. A lot of people do not like change. Especially on something they have been using their entire life.

41. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

these people are retarded, period. It took me 5 mins to teach my parents how to use a desktop w8 pc, and never had a problem since. I feel most of you would prefer to have a windows 95 style pc forever. Well im sorry, but this is progress...

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The difference is you knew the ins & outs of W8 and shared it with them. Not everyone has that available to them. As to the earlier comment (not yours) about how they obviously wouldn't know how W8 works since it isn't released yet, how will it be any different the day it's released, or a month after? There may be some tutorials online, but those are only as good as the person writing them, and I've seen a lot of crappy ones out there. But the main thing is how intuitive is the OS? By intuitive I mean how easy is it for anyone to just start using it? There are some OSs that are intuitive, and some that aren't, and for most everyday people this appears to be the latter. Like I said in my earlier post, it doesn't matter how easy you think it is. If the person buying a new device is put off by the learning curve, they probably won't keep it. It's not really any different than mobile phones. Many people are put off by android's learning curve, whereas iOS is relatively easy to use. If W8 is harder for people to grasp, they may end up going to Apple. MS could've made the live tiles an option in W8 so people could get their feet wet with them while allowing them to fall back on a W7 style OS while they learn. This is more like throwing them into the deep end and hoping they swim. Only time will tell if it works out or not. If I had to guess MS's reasoning, I'd say they want to get as many people on it as quick as they can so that they might consider a Windows phone for their next smartphone. If it works it would give them the same experience whether on their smartphone, tablet, or desktop/laptop. In reality MS should've made the live tiles an add on for Windows7 so by the time W8 came out people would have a good grasp on it.

46. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Scripted.

47. Wissenschaft

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

you see friends! I have been using win8 too, and let me tell you, the moment and email is sent, it is shown on the mail Tile. the moment a message comes from anyone, it shows on the messages Tile. I tell you, dead icons are dead. As far as the apps are concerned, I won't worry about them cuz MS is the biggest OS company in the world, and they are the most experienced in terms of software etc. having used live tiles, IOS and Android seems so dead to me

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