“Windows 8 looks to me to be an unmitigated disaster that could decidedly hurt the company and its future,” John Dvorak writes for MarketWatch. “The real problem is that it is both unusable and annoying. It makes your teeth itch as you keep asking, ‘Why are they doing this!?'”

“No business will tolerate this software, let me assure you. As a productivity tool, it is unusable,” Dvorak writes. “There is an old-fashioned desktop you can visit, but whenever the OS gets the chance, it throws you back onto the Metro interface. For those of us who thought we could avoid Metro and live on the desktop screen, we are going to be sorely disappointed.”

Dvorak writes, “This is a problem for Microsoft investors. The potential for this OS to be an unrecoverable disaster for the company is at the highest possible level I’ve ever seen… I have no idea why Microsoft would take such an enormous gamble on its cash cow like this.”

MacDailyNews Take: Because Apple is killing them, that’s why. Either they try something dramatic or they slowly die. Because the “OS Wars” never really ended because Apple never actually disappeared as once hoped by every closed-minded dunce who never failed to underestimate Steve Jobs. Look in the mirror, John. And because Microsoft is run by a clown. A beautiful, glorious, magnificent clown! That’s why, John.

Dvorak writes, “What is this departure based on? It’s based on the pipe dream that the unsuccessful user interface used by Windows Phone will turn into a success on the tablet — to such an extreme that people will also demand it on the desktop, so all the platforms can have the same look and feel. This is insanity, plain and simple… Now Microsoft wants to take all the habits and workflows and new skill sets we’ve developed and toss them into the bin for this? Who at Microsoft signed off on this? Do they even use computers?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Well, there’s a lovely “review.” However, since Dvorak is almost always wrong, the chances of Windows 8’s success just went up dramatically. Or, maybe, just maybe, John’s right for a change?

Regardless, many more Windows sufferers will find themselves in boats similar to John’s and, faced with learning something new anyway, they will drift right into the nearest Apple Store for their first Mac — however late to the party they may be — or iPad, and we will welcome them with open arms.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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