Microsoft Hits Back At Critics: Says Windows 8 Is Good And Only Getting Better
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
Microsoft has been relatively silent when it comes to Windows 8, other than offering a few updates on how the operating system is selling and what fixes and improvements they are making. They haven’t really responded to critics, until now. In their most recent statement, issued by their Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communication – Frank Shaw, Microsoft said that their new flagship operating system “is getting better every day”.
The company criticsed those media publications, and other critics, that continue to denounce Windows 8 by suggesting:
“In this world where everyone is a publisher, there is a trend to the extreme – where those who want to stand out opt for sensationalism and hyperbole over nuanced analysis. In this world where page views are currency, heat is often more valued than light. Stark black-and-white caricatures are sometimes more valued than shades-of-gray reality”
This damning verdict by Microsoft does have some traction, indeed writing a review on Windows 8 and tearing it apart probably appeals more to the mainstream audience than stating how wonderful it is. Microsoft continued on to say:
“So let’s pause for a moment and consider the center. In the center, selling 100 million copies of a product is a good thing. In the center, listening to feedback and improving a product is a good thing. Heck, there was even a time when acknowledging that you were listening to feedback and acting on it was considered a good thing.”
Microsoft clearly believes that it is making the product better and better thanks to customer feedback. Microsoft also stated that the 100 million copies sold speak for themselves. Microsoft concluded with:
“Windows 8 is a good product, and it’s getting better every day. We are going to keep improving Windows 8, as we do with all our products, making what’s good even better. There will be people who agree, strongly. There will be those who disagree, equally strongly. All good, all expected”
To me Microsoft come off very blasé and confident in themselves, which is by no means a bad thing. Their name has been dragged through the mud and back as people have jumped on board the “let’s-bash-Windows-8” bandwagon. Windows 8 offers the fastest boot times, the best features and the best overall performance of any Microsoft operating system to date. So they removed your start bar? You can add it back in. You don’t like the Metro UI? Then you can disable it. As far as I am concerned Windows 8 does have its critics, and some of these criticisms are founded, but a the majority of it is just media hype.
What are your thoughts on Windows 8 and its critics/criticisms?