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Windows 8: Where did the 'windows' go?
Ten years ago, Windows XP was installed on almost every client computer in the Western market. On its tenth anniversary, Windows 7 was pegged as the next best thing, cutting frail Windows Vista out of the picture with only a meager usage share of a single-digit percent.
But with the launch of Windows 8, many are sticking to their guns and holding off from installing the latest operating system from the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant. Why? It doesn't even feel like Windows anymore, some say. Microsoft suffered a "too many cooks" problem, with so many people influencing the development process. In a design-by-committee, they wanted to design a horse and came out with a visual Godzilla.
While it's far from a "failed" operating system, many enterprise and business customers are holding off their upgrades until Windows 8.1 — the iterative update to the flawed software — hits the market. At least with the latest version, users can boot-to-desktop without having to face a sea of tiles and nonsense.