Microsoft rolled out its new operating system, Windows 8, on October 26th. CEO Steve Ballmer insists that consumers “get it and like it.” But sales have been weak, Microsoft’s stock is in decline, and many Twitter reviews are scathing:
Windows 8 really is a pile of dogshit . Worst OS I've ever used.
— Kev Grosvenor (@loopingstar) December 3, 2012
Windows 8 is ridiculously awful. Don't upgrade as it's a downgrade
— Jordon Olson (@jordolson) December 3, 2012
@damianwilson Downgrade to Windows 7. Much better and you'll have the Start Menu. Windows 8 sucks!!
— Jon (@2800Akira) December 4, 2012
windows 8 = the worst OS i have ever used in my life!! #realtalk
— Ray (@urlargelebanese) December 3, 2012
Never been so frustrated with a freekn PC. I officially hate windows 8.
— Nisha Chauhan (@NishaChauhan_) December 4, 2012
back to windows 7…windows 8 sucks!!
— ▶Amirul Nazrin (@Nazrin_Paklan) December 4, 2012
I hate you Windows 8. I demand back the Start button, the X on Chrome, and everything else! And I identify as an early adopter.
— Duncan N Ross (@DuncanNRoss) December 4, 2012
Had to downgrade to Windows 7 simply not easy to convert to Windows 8 so early
— Abdul Moiz (@a_moiz) December 3, 2012
Ugh I hate Windows 8. We don't need more complicated unnecessary technology programs!! We did just fine with the old version improvements
— Elizabeth Nguyen (@NitroBoost07) December 4, 2012
Windows 8 sucks.. I can't even operate it…
— His Xcellency (@danielmamy) December 4, 2012
windows 8 sucks so much
— Izze (@corndog_iz) December 4, 2012
I just got a new computer and windows 8 sucks! Should I strip it for Windows 7 or will I get used to it?
— Ryan Woolston (@ryanwinsurance) December 3, 2012
For someone who has the backward compatible design vision, Windows 8 is a nightmare. EVERYTHING's broken again like Vista & no one cares.
— Gaurav Kale (@UXGaurav) December 2, 2012
— Hans-Jørgen (@Hyvelez) December 3, 2012
Forreal, Windows 8 sucks hampster dick!
— Tory McConahie (@McConahie_1000) December 3, 2012
Have not even started up my new laptop yet and already I hate Windows 8. Extra layers of unnecessary stuff and can't find anything.
— Jane Smith (@hprw) December 1, 2012
Windows 8 won't even play a DVD you need to download a 3rd part app wow. How do I downgrade to Windows 7 this is just silly
— Daveo (@_daveo) November 29, 2012
To be fair, there are some positive reviews, too.
Nevertheless, it’s clear that Microsoft has a problem on its hands, notwithstanding Ballmer’s rosy assessment.