With less than a week to go before the big Windows 8 launch on October 26, everybody seems to be converging on the same unambiguous conclusion about the new software: bafflement. The business community is baffled about whether the new operating system can deliver the turnaround that Microsoft's stock needs right now. The technology community is baffled that Microsoft is tossing out a lot of widely known Windows conventions like the Start button and filling the screen with squares full of Facebook updates. Most important of all, consumers are just plain baffled. Nobody can figure out how to use the thing!
Various versions of Windows 8 have been floating around demo tables and developer's offices for weeks now. However, a lot of regular every day computer users are just now seeing the software for the first time, and even though the operating system is designed to work equally well on phones, tablets and desktops, lots of folks just aren't buying the huge icons and designed-to-swipe layout. "On a desktop, it just felt really weird," one first time user told the Associated Press. "It feels like it's a tablet operating system that Microsoft managed to twist and shoehorn onto a desktop."