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Windows 8 isn't so bad, but the damage has been done

I have used Windows 8 for a couple of weeks now on a desktop PC, and I have to say that I don't know what all the fuss is about. The start menu has been been replaced with a start screen, but once you get past the fact that it now takes up the whole screen, the functionality is pretty much the same: you organise your apps, search for them, and launch them. The charm bar is a little awkward on a multi-monitor setup, but I only use it to shutdown the PC, so it's not a big problem. The selection of Windows 8 apps is uninspiring to say the least, but since so many of these apps are just pretty wrappers around web pages that work fine with a large monitor, keyboard and mouse, I don't really feel like I am missing out on anything.

The real problem for Microsoft is not that Windows 8 is bad at what it does, but that the rise of Apple and Android have dispelled the notion that Microsoft is the PC.

For the majority of people, there was no distinction between the PC and Windows. Mac…