Hello, Windows 8.1
I am a non-technical Linux user. But wait! Before you turn away in denial (yes, we exist), let me tell you that I once was a long time Windows user. In fact, I started my relationship with your family when I met your great-grand parent, Windows 3.11. 95 and I worked side by side, and 98 also drew me closer to your family. Then I learned how to install OSs myself and thus became a good friend of ME, to whom I painfully had to let go when XP came along.
Can I call you "Blue"?
Well, it's true that my dealings with your family became tense thanks to XP, but I forgave him for all of his uncontrollable RAM cravings and constant infections. I made myself like him as everybody else did. He was a popular guy.
Blue, your cousin Vista came one day and told me that I had to forget about XP. Vista made me dislike your family intensely. That's when I became a Linux user, you see?
No, Seven did not mend things. He has Vista blood after all.
When your brother 8 came around, I jokingly nicknamed him "Ultraman Mebius", the rookie Ultraman that always got battered by every enemy in sight and, sometimes, even by his own Ultra-brothers. This is the thing: Microsoft used Ultraseven, one of my childhood heroes, to promote 7. You pronounce Mӧbius "mebius" (メビウス) in Japanese. Have you noticed that a Mӧbius strip is like the number 8 that has fallen and is lying on the ground? Just like Windows 8.
|This is my intended Windows 8.1 desktop wallpaper|
Please, do not think that I hate you because I use Linux. In fact, I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt. So, I downloaded you to see if the strong criticism against 8 is justified and if you can fix things for the many disgruntled Windows users out there.
After seeing you in action, I must be honest: it seems to me that you are in trouble.
|The Windows 8.1 installer running on a VM (Mageia 3 host)|
Remember? Those were the words that your family used to badmouth Linux. Charm bars that activate on hidden spots? The army of Microsoft trolls dismissed the idea saying that such is the way of the KDE Penguin Geeks!
|New "menu" after fixing the start button to get rid of the tiles|
I'll be blunt. I do not see any of my Windows-loving colleagues using any of the two choices you bring with pleasure. Many of them simply cling to XP and haven't even bothered to take a look at 7. I do not think that you can manage to change their minds because, as I said before, they do not want to learn new things. Some of them complain about "not being able to format a document with LibreOffice"... despite the fact that they can customize the toolbars or use the menus!
Hence, the best you can aim at is converting dissatisfied 8 users into a-bit-less-grumpy Blue users... which is not a great feat, really. Let's see the numbers. After 8 (what a magical number!) months out and having the benefit of holiday sales, all that your brother has achieved is 5% market share. It's four months before you go out. By then, how much more market share he can get? Let's be positive and say that he can double in four months what he has done so far in eight: 10%.
You will probably get that in no time. The thing is, can you get more? I've read some generously optimistic predictions for you. Yet, I think they are not seeing the obvious: you are also 8. The public does not want Windows 8. What is the catchy phrase to promote you? "Windows 8.1, attempting to fix Microsoft's OS mess"? The public knows already that 8 is the number to avoid. OEMs, in shame, have removed street billboards featuring pictures and the name of your brother hoping to sell more computers.
Microsoft should have called you Windows Mebius instead.
|Temporary local account. Get a Microsoft account or else...!|
Not everything is lost, however. At least your fish is cute. And the Japanese IME works great (unless you type on the write pad).
|Japanese IME on Writepad|
|Your Japanese text after saving it|
|Japanese IME working as it should on Windows Journal|
|The cute fish at the beginning of the installation|
Unfortunately, besides all the privacy concerns, that's pretty much what you can offer me: and expensive Japanese IME and a bubble-blowing fish...
I promise I will visit you occasionally until Microsoft decides to put an end to our friendly encounters. I will wish you good luck and forget about you afterwards because I am staying with my Linux friends. I hope you understand.
Until next time, Blue.