, BitFlipper wrote

@wkempf: I don't know about that. While I agree starting endless threads about how much Windows 8 sucks probably doesn't help, telling people to stop complaining about Windows 8 isn't the right approach either. If everyone followed that advice then MS would start thinking Windows 8 was actually a good idea.

My personal reason for complaining is that to me Windows 8 is a clear step backwards, and it does affect me since I spend a lot of time doing real work in Windows. I've given it quite a bit of time now and it annoys me more and more each day. MS is going out of their way to destroy 20 years of UI refinement, I think complaining about it is to be expected. And saying "we get it" misses the point completely.

Completely right.

Quote from another W8 forum:

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What people don't get about writing complaints is that issues don't get fixed otherwise. Nothing was ever resolved with a "wait and see" attitude. Nothing. Not ever. If people aren't complaining and/or voting with their dollars by purchasing competing products then nothing gets fixed.

If Windows 8 were to disappear, Microsoft would (rightly) conclude that the issues weren't such a big deal after all. The people with the most vested interest will complain the loudest. That's why it's the same people over and over again. The rest of the world will complain once, return the product, and buy something from Apple or Samsung instead.

Ironically, it's the people who don't really give a *, the ones who say "Enough with the complaining!" that are most detrimental to the industry. It's really hard to believe these people really think this is all about Apple's share price dropping. It should be patently obvious that anyone who posts deep technical criticisms has a high level of vested interest.

If/when the complaining dies, it's either because Microsoft fixed the problems or that people have given up and are looking for exit plans