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HP Goes Retro With Their Windows Offerings January 21, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.

Delighted to see that HP has acknowledged the large market segment that loathes Windows 8:

Windows 7 is “back by popular demand”, according to HP, the world’s second-largest maker of PCs, which has begun offering the previous generation of Microsoft’s operating system to US customers via email flyers.

Against a backdrop where consumers, who buy about half of all PCs, have been equivocal about Windows 8’s tiled interface since its launch in October 2012, HP has begun trying to boost sales by offering people what they are more familiar with: the desktop interface of Windows 7.

Hey Microsoft! Your “blend all user interfaces into one crappy package” strategy? It is teh suck.


1. punk - January 21, 2014

I thought you could just flip a switch in there and change the interface of Windows 8 back to the nerdlier Start Menu thingamajig. Turns out you can’t. But you can cuss your way to a Classic Shell!

2. Lipstick - January 21, 2014

My sister ordered a new laptop for me from Dell (she knows about computers, whereas I just know that 8 sucks). It’s one of the few that still had Windows 7, but they cancelled the order without letting us know. This is good news.

3. BrewFan - January 22, 2014

Windows 8 fulfills OS destiny. Consider this:
Windows 8 = bad
Windows 7 = good
Windows Vista = bad
Windows XP = good
Windows Me = bad
Windows 98 = good
Windows 95 = bad
Windows 3.1 = good

4. geoff - January 22, 2014

Supposedly Windows 9 is coming out later this year. I think it’s going to defy destiny and suck.

5. Lipstick - January 23, 2014

I heard they fired the guy responsible for 8.

6. Mitchell - January 24, 2014

I have Windows 8. It took a bit of getting used to but I like it. Basically the tile menu format is just everything on the Start button laid out. I do miss the right-click context popup menu though. We finally got Win 7 at work this summer. Definitely a major bump up from XP.

Win ’98 was completely unstable. I’ve NEVER had such a buggy system before or since.

7. geoff - January 24, 2014

It took a bit of getting used to but I like it.

*takes out notepad* That’s it, Mitchell, you’re going on the list.

8. Retired Geezer - January 25, 2014

Holy crap! Mitchell breaks 2 years of radio silence for THAT?

*gazes fondly and the hand crocheted hot sauce cozy by Mitchell Knits.

9. Lipstick - January 25, 2014

Mitchell!! What the hell? On the List, indeed.

* sneaks off to the side
(Hey dude, how are you doing?)

10. Mitchell - January 25, 2014

Yay! I made The List!

Sorry, I’ve kinda wandered off the blog reservation for a while. How are all y’all doing?

11. Retired Geezer - January 25, 2014

I had to change my name to un-Retired Geezer. I’m back in Showbiz.

12. daveintexas - January 27, 2014

wait what?

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