How Windows 8 can still be a success

It's pretty obvious by now that Windows 8 has been a flop. If you still believe that Windows 8 was a successful launch then you really are ignoring the facts and the sentiment by the tech community.

NY Times report on tepid Windows 8 sales

But I think Microsoft can still do well with this platform if they do a couple things:

  • Come out with a $150 tablet device to steal the entry level user away from Android
  • Release the Surface Pro at $399 with a contract for Microsoft Cloud Services
  • Partner with OEMs to create flagship Windows 8 devices. The big problem with the platform right now is that their OEM partners don't really care about Windows 8 which is a sentiment that is constantly being echoed by Paul Thurott.
  • Ramp up consumer applications for Kinect for Windows.