Windows 8: Half who’ve tried the OS don’t recommend it

Microsoft recently released the Consumer Preview of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system – and the reception is lukewarm so far, according to one recent survey. 

The Consumer Preview was unveiled at the end of February, which followed the launch of the Developer Preview last September. When presenting the new operating system, Microsoft highlighted its new “Metro” user interface, PC Magazine reports.

The Metro UI has been the most talked about feature of Windows 8, as it’s a radical break from previous versions of Windows. It replaces the old interface centered around the Start menu with a tiled display similar to what’s currently found on Windows-based smartphones.

The OS is designed to work well on both tablet computers and PCs, Microsoft has said.

Not surprisingly, the Metro UI is also the most divisive feature of the OS, according to a PC World survey of 2,900 readers who had installed the Consumer Preview.

Of those readers, 26% said they were “extremely dissatisfied” with the Metro interface. However, another 23% said they were extremely satisfied.

Individual comments ranged from some claiming the new design makes Windows 8 more intuitive and easy to use than previous versions to those that said the interface tries to work with touchscreen devices and PCs and fails at both.

Response to the OS overall was also mixed. Just over half (52%) said they were generally satisfied with Windows 8 so far. However, when asked to rate the likelihood they’d recommend the OS to a friend on a scale from 1 (“highly unlikely”) to 10 (“highly likely”), 21% answered 1. Another 49% gave responses ranging from 2 – 5. Just 17% answered gave a 10.

As businesses are trying to decide whether to plan on upgrading to Windows 8, that mixed reception isn’t likely to make companies excited about the upcoming OS.

Many may plan to skip Windows 8 anyway, as some experts have warned companies currently using XP to switch to Windows 7 before that OS’s support ends in 2014. Companies that wait for Windows 8 may find their upgrades aren’t finished before that time.

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