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Microsoft prepares a make-over for Windows 8

After admitting that the Windows 8 operating system was a failure, the company has decided to change some key elements in order to get back on track.

Steve Ballmer, chief executive at Microsoft called the October launch of Windows 8 a "bet-the-company" moment and lost. The risk was too big and the change wasn’t well received. The company admitted the new system isn’t the success they expected. In Microsoft’s case the admission of failure was considered one of the most prominent after Coca-Cola’s 30 years ago.

A new version with major changes will be released later this year and the update is expected to be what the company needs in order to recover.

Windows 8 was Microsoft’s effort to adapt to the tablet era and its response to Apple’s Ipad. The bold attempt of moving from the familiar “desktop” launch screen to a new touchscreen interface based on colourful titles was blamed by some analyst along with the combination between PC and tablet software. Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, said Windows 8 would be like “combining a toaster and a fridge - something that, while technically possible, was probably not going to be pleasing to the user”.

The users requested the return to the familiar PC interface, the "start" button featured in the lower left corner of the screen, and other elements they were used to, because they had difficulties adapting to the new software.

Despite the numerous slips, Microsoft continued to see the software suitable for both PCs and tablets, but future changes are expected to change things.