As expected, Microsoft has taken this event to give us reasons to love its new operating system that people have already decided to hate. That's CEO Steve Ballmer over there, trying to make us feel better. "You're all going to love Windows 8. But I know you won't take my word for it," he said, before trying to get us to take his word for it.
Confusing Windows 8. Despite all the confusion, Windows 8 is better than 7, insisted Microsoft President Steve Sinofsky. Starting at midnight tonight, for $39.99 you can get better battery life, better start-up times, and on touch display compatible computers, you get all the swipey goodness. Today Windows also announced a line-up of touch compatible laptops from its hardware partners to make the touch-i-ness more relevant. But what about the confusion that users are experiencing because of the tiles and lack of start screen, which Microsoft later described as "better" in Windows 8? "No need for manuals," said Sinofsky. The OS comes with a built in how-to use it manual—in the computer. That's not actually a good sign, since our confused users had that at their disposal when first testing it out. And other computers are intuitive enough not to need guide books.