Metro doesn't bother me one bit. I like it, in fact.
Metro doesn't bother me one bit. I like it, in fact.
First off, vista shouldn't be mentioned and Windows Phone shouldn't even be in that sentence either. Windows Phone is a great product and has receive stellar critic reviews and a vast majority of people that have one would recommend it. That is highly short sighted of one to say Windows Phone is a disaster considering the phone market is totally different than the PC one. Microsoft is trying to make it into that market faced with cell carriers more interested in selling cheap crapdroid phones than quality ones. That my friend, is the truth.
Secondly, Windows 8 isn't for everyone. It's for the people that want better form factor choices than just a desktop. Have you seen what a best buy looks like now? It's filled with laptops to the brim. No one buys desktops as much as they used to because given the option, people choose what's better to them: be mobile and not have to hassle with cables or stay in one place and deal with cords. You might think that just because there are cables, that isn't the reason why it turns people off because it actually does.
Even then, I've been using Windows 8 since last September on my desktop and I have no problems with it other than overly large text that has been fixed since then. One should look into customization and personalization and learn how to use a new UI to suit their work flow. I personally don't spend a lot of time in metro apps, since I use the Desktop. I only use a few metro apps and metro IE. There's a reason why Microsoft is calling Windows 8 "Windows Reimagined." It's not because it's Windows 7 but faster, it's a whole new break from what the evolution of Windows has been. No longer is a new OS a simple warmed over version from the past, but a whole change that doesn't even look or act as the one before.
Besides, just because someone's a PC doesn't mean it's a desktop. Just like the people that use Windows, form factors vary. A PC can be desktop. A PC can be an ultrabook, netbook, notebook, or a laptop. A PC can be tablet or a slate or an All In One PC or an AIO with a touch screen. Though those varied form factors, the one thing that unites them all is Windows.
As for cables and desktops, that problem was solved years ago with bluetooth, wireless and wi-fi. No need for lots of cables if you run a desktop PC these days. Like many others, I use a laptop for its portability, a desktop because I like having a large monitor when working on certain projects and a tablet for minor playtime activities, such as the odd e-mail check and You Tube film. I can't do any real work on a tablet, without a physical keyboard and real programmes designed to do actual work on I consider tablets playtime devices at this point.
Trying to combine the desktop and tablet experience in to one operating system has, as far as I'm concerned, not been a success. In order to make it work to most peoples satisfaction it still needs a lot of work.
As for the wire-free desktop, how many desktop models out there that are price effective that have wireless input? The vast majority of desktop systems sold are wired systems. I, personally, am a strong believer in the power of the desktop. If someone asks me what is best for power, I always answer a desktop. But many want portability because I am always asked, "What is the best laptop?" Or, "Can you help me pick a laptop?" It's the form factor of the times. The desktop days of the decade past is ending where this desktop from Dell is faster than HP's. It's now, this laptop from HP has better battery life and speed than this laptop from Dell and vice versa. It's a new stage of innovation and design from the shell of the laptop to the chip. The desktop doesn't really provide that anymore, other than the AIO form factor. That has more play to it.
See, that's the great thing about Windows 8. Before, you had to compromise touch portability and power and work. It was either a laptop or an ipad for some reason. A laptop is great for work, but lacks touch and the popular apps that people are into now. It also doesn't have the best battery life. But an ipad doesn't even cut it for work but is better suited for simpleton entertainment. With a slate (an AMD or Intel powered tablet), that compromise is gone. You can have the apps people are into, while having the Desktop stage for work, and also use it for not only simpleton entertainment, but some serious entertainment like Media Center for some, or Xbox Live for having your Xbox and PC connect to each other better, or for DirectX powered games that the ipad will never have. It can do all that, while using the inputs of touch, gesture, mouse and/or keyboard to suit your needs. It's the perfect hybrid. And since Windows 8 will command the tablet market and tech, innovation will spur like no other. Windows 8 isn't even out and Intel and AMD and NVIDIA are working hard perfecting power efficiency and processing power into their chips to be used in tablets and slates. It's much like a decade ago where that trio was working hard trying to achieve the highest clock speed and chip performance. Now, it's gone mobile with a touch screen and everything else will follow.
@coke robot, I think you and I are the only ones who can see the future of computing on Windows 8.
Well, besides Microsoft that is.
I think the conclusion that even the M$ fanbois are admitting to is that to survive they need the cash from the apps they will sell through Windows 8 Metro.....so why doesn't MS just admit this publically, and also offer a version of Windows 8 with the default UI as the desktop for a higher price than the Metro based version?
Considering that many folks will NOT pay a red cent for ANY metro apps, this would be something significant to consider, I for one would be willing to pay more LESS in this case.
It cannot be cannot be said enough, MS is DESTROYING the loyality of nearly their entire desktop customer base. This is a fact.
I used to be very supportive of MS because I believed that they were the more benevolent major OS company around, with Apple and Jobs being a capitalist robber baron in the most insidious way. I also continually have praised them in their continuing to support the much loved but now very outdated Windows XP, this probably cost them money but it solidified the loyality of its users and MS could have been sure that when they purchased their new OS it would be a Windows product because of the long lasting support they had.
I hate to break it to you fanbois but MS is throwing customer loyality all away, which is invaluable.
MS had been the cool, reasoned, pragmatic option in operating systems that yes did try to please everybody and often times did just that.
Of course I will NEVER EVER purchased that damned fruit company OSX, but MS is forcing my hand with their sudden arrogance and will absolutely lose many loyalists to Linux, and yes even some to freaking Apple OSX.