Microsoft is set to bow to pressure from customers and change "key aspects" of its much-maligned Windows 8 operating system.
In a move described by some analysts as the biggest product U-turn since Coca Cola dropped "New Coke" 30 years ago, an updated version of Microsoft 8 released later this year will be significantly different.
Microsoft's head of marketing and finance, Tammy Reller, confirmed the plan in an interview with the Financial Times, admitting that many users had struggled to master the new operating system. "The learning curve is definitely real," she said.
Windows 8 was viewed as an attempt to update the personal computer for the tablet era when it was launched last October. It includes a touchscreen interface but does away with the "desktop" launch screen familiar to millions of home and work computer users.
Ms Reller did not reveal details of what changes would be made.
Richard Doherty, an analyst at tech research firm Envisioneering told the Financial Times: "This is like New Coke, going on for seven months – only Coke listened better." New Coke was dropped after a huge consumer back lash.
BUT OF COURSE maybe it's just about the old news that the start button (without the menu) and boot to desktop come back. Microsoft better not to screw up with the start menu. The news will spread that the start button will come back, and start button = start menu in most people's minds. If instead the metro menu pops up, the feeling of betrayal will be enormous. Even bigger than with Windows 8 itself.
I am not going to discuss the metro-menu vs start menu issue again, that's been done to death. Obviously, it wasn't as hated and useless as the apologists here claimed. Even one of the head-honchos responsible for Windows admits that there is a problem with Windows 8. And what's the most glaring difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7?