Gunner Berger, analyst at research firm Gartner, has retracted that Windows 8 is bad. Berge said the keyboard and mouse inputs, when using Metro, were bad.
We don’t think Windows 8 is bad, and neither does Gartner. At least now it doesn’t
We were pretty angry when Gartner posted a report claiming Windows 8, Microsoft’s next-generation operating system, is bad. We talked about why it isn’t, and Gartner appears to agree: an analyst for the firm says the operating system isn’t bad, despite originally saying otherwise.
The analyst, Gunnar Berger, talked with technology website PC Pro, explaining why he made the comments. Apparently, the five-part post wasn’t official Gartner research. His revised thoughts are below.
Berger said he thinks, generally, Windows 8 is good. He added he’s disappointed at the press taking the bad headline and running a story focusing on that, when he thinks the desktop-tablet hybrid approach to Windows 8 is a good idea. The tablet can transform into a laptop, he said, which is compelling. The iPad has been criticized because it’s not the true productivity device Apple positions it as, meaning people have to carry an additional laptop.
However, Berger didn’t revise his bad comment. He said using a keyboard and mouse with Windows 8, and he said the touch controls are intuitive but the hidden menus make the OS more difficult. The bad term has been removed from the article, because of the misconstruction by blogs.
Desktop Side Should Be Default, Not Next Windows Vista
Berger added he would like the desktop half of Windows 8, which is definitely a valid criticism. The Start screen is, effectively, Metro. You then have to switch to the desktop environment, which is probably something enterprise won’t like. And there needs to be that element of familiarity, Berger also said, for users looking for the desktop environment.
He also refuted comparisons of Windows 8 to Windows Vista, which was seen as unoptimized and bug-ridden. Applications aren’t struggling to work on Windows 8, across multiple machines, Berger added. That’s a key feature for Microsoft, considering it wants users to be using Windows 8 across multiple form factors.
Hopefully Windows 8 at launch is optimized, because we don’t want to buy the operating system until the first Service Pack arrives.
Windows 8 launches October 26, 2012.