Does HP’s plan to bring back Windows 7 signify a horrible Windows 8 experience?

Due to popular demand, HP yesterday announced that it will bring back the Operating system that Microsoft considers not up-to-date. The company claims that people prefer to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. And the big question is why? It’s no secret that Windows 8 UX (user experience) sucks and since Windows 7 borrows a lot of design cues from Windows XP people still find it more user friendly. Even if Windows 8 is a touch-centric operating system, not all apps feel as good while using touch like Mircosoft’s very own Office suite.

Whether it’s a risk or not, HP has taken the bold move and told Microsoft indirectly to up their game on the next Windows 9 rumored to be ready next year. Last weekend HP was emailing customers, noting that “Windows 7 is back.” A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of “savings,” has launched on HP’s website with a “back by popular demand” slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.

No more Windows 8

The company is currently pushing Windows 7 machines on its website by default with Windows 8 PCs not listed until you start customizing the section using optional filters. Microsoft has tweaked some parts of the OS with Windows 8.1, but still several design inconsistencies in Windows 8, Microsoft tries to shove the “Metro UI” down every user’s throat in Windows 8. If you have used Metro on a none touch centric device you will know how horrible it feels to use a Windows PC with Windows 8. Another issue with Windows 8 is the exclusion of the start menu, that left all users puzzled on how to go about with getting quick apps in the new OS.

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Whether HP wants to make Windows 8’s weakness a selling point for its Windows 7 bid, we are yet to find out what remains to find out if other OEMs will follow suit once HP is successful.