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by David Petty
Thursday May 23rd, 2013

Microsoft says changes to Windows 8 is fine and is not admitting failure

Microsoft has hit back at those who claim that changes it is making to Windows 8 is a sign that the company is admitting the operating system has been a failure. Speculation has arisen all week that the Redmond company is set to bow down to pressure and re-introduced features that were seen in Windows 7 including the Start button.

The Financial Times has said the change in direction would see it become "one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola's New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago."

However, Microsoft is fighting back against these claims with the Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications Frank Shaw saying that the changes it is making to Windows 8 will improve it and also it has listened to user feedback of the new operating system.

On the Microsoft blog, Shaw puts the blame on the media sensationalising this issue in the pursuit of page views.

He wrote, "Let's pause for a moment and consider the center. In the center, selling 100 million copies of a product is a good thing. In the center, listening to feedback and improving a product is a good thing. Heck, there was even a time when acknowledging that you were listening to feedback and acting on it was considered a good thing."

"Windows 8 is a good product, and it's getting better every day. Unlike a can of soda, a computer operating system offers different experiences to different customers to meet different needs, while still moving the entire industry toward an exciting future of touch, mobility, and seamless, cross-device experiences."

Microsoft will release a preview version of Windows 8.1 (codenamed Windows Blue) during its Build Developer Conference at the end of June.

The new update is expected to see the return of the Start button, a new version of Internet Explorer and more SkyDrive integration.

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