Two years ago, Microsoft launched Windows 8 to great fanfare. It was faster, sleeker and more mobile-friendly than past versions of Windows.
It moved away from programs to "apps." It did away with the antiquated Start menu in favor of a flashy, modern Start screen. It was the future of everything!
And it bombed.
Even before it came out, the tech world was warning Microsoft that it was too big of a change for the average user. In fact, we said it was frankly too confusing for anyone.
Sure enough, for two years my inbox has been filled with listeners complaining about Windows 8 and asking how to get back to Windows 7 or even XP.
Microsoft has made a few tweaks here and there to improve the situation - bringing back a limited start button, letting users start on the Desktop instead of the Start screen, etc. It still isn't enough.
Like Windows Vista, Windows 8 already has a bad rep that won't go away. Fortunately for Microsoft - and us - the magnificent Windows 7 followed Vista and it's one of the best versions of Windows ever made. So, will the upcoming Windows 9 do the same thing for Windows 8?