In 2011 I wrote this blog post:
Now Microsoft admits Windows 8 is unusable (mostly on PCs) and promises to correct it some with 8.1 (or "Windows Blue").
I don't think so, because Windows 8 is basically two radically different operating systems glued one on top of the other. So when I use a PC and I need the "traditional desktop mode", I do not need the "live tiles" in "touch screen mode". Then even if Microsoft finally manages to give me the option to chose which "mode" to boot and use, the other "mode" ends in being just useless bloat and annoyance, when I am forced to switch from a "mode" to the other because the software was designed to work only on one of the two.
The nonsense is obvious looking at this "guide" from Microsoft:
Guess what, maybe the "live tiles" are good for touch screen devices like smartphones and tablets. I say "maybe" because I don't think currently there is a market of Windows powered touch screen devices. But for sure "live tiles" aren't good for PCs that are designed to be used with keyboard and mouse. Not only the tiles but the whole "touch screen user experience" that comes with it, like mandatory full screen applications. To not mention the fact that you must develop software with different technologies then re-work all existing "desktop" applications.
But on PCs nobody wants the "live tiles" and this means, since Microsoft forces hardware vendors to pre-install Windows 8 on their products, nobody wants to buy a new PC and pay for the license of Windows, further depressing the PC sales.
Funny, from follower of the (silly) trend of "post-PC era", Microsoft is being the cause of the "post-PC era". And on a side note, I will never get the american idea of "modern" which translates in "it doesn't matter if it doesn't work or if it is nonsense and dumb, it is better because it is new".