Microsoft’s decision of removing Aero from Windows 8 is a blunder (editorial)

Since Windows Vista, Microsoft has tried to make the interface of the Windows operating system look cleaner, crispier, and pleasant to the eyes. This idea gave birth to Aero which received a warm welcome from everyone. Ultimately, it was further developed in Windows 7 and was one the reasons for the huge success of the operating system. But what about Windows 8?

With Windows 8, Microsoft has decided to take off Aero completely and re-introduce the classic experience. And why have they done this? Just to save the battery power of your device? Is it because Aero consumed more power? This reason sounds good for a tablet user who is always on the move and would want his battery to last much longer. But does it make any sense for the desktop or laptop user? No. Certainly not. Since the desktop PC is always connected to a power source, there is no question why they would not want Aero. Laptop users are generally connected to power sources and I don’t think having Aero will dramatically reduce your laptop’s battery time.

One more thing that is very odd is that Microsoft kept Aero in the Developer Preview (Pre-Beta), Consumer Preview (Beta) and also in the Release Preview (Release Candidate). Generally, Release Candidate is considered as an almost finished product but in this case a major overhaul is yet to come. If Microsoft were planning to remove Aero, they should have done that right from the very first release so that the users could provide their feedback and can get used to it. Now the new interface will appear directly in final version of Windows 8, leaving no option for the user, rather than to accept the big change.

This could possibly be one of the reasons for the failure of Windows 8. I think Microsoft should remove Aero from Windows RT but give the desktop and laptop users an option to enable it or they should enable it by default.

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