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This will be Microsofts biggest ever flop, far bigger than Vista.

  1. #1411


    Think MS have totally lost the plot.

    Six PCs in our house, couple XP, couple Vista, couple W7. Have always loved Vista (not slow once tweaked), and really love W7. I even changed a couple of graphics cards to get proper Aero.

    On the phone/tablet side we have two Samsung Galaxy S phones and three Samsung Galaxy Tablets (not anti Ipad just prefer Galaxy.

    So, downloaded Win8 and installed it in separate partition, really glad I didn't wipe my Win7. Have played around for a few days and set up all the thingies on Metro etc and have a couple of views.

    1) Anyone who has used Samsung Galaxy products with the Touchwiz UI will be totally underwhelmed by Metro. As a tablet UI Metro is awful, its hard to use and totally flat. Touchwiz is intuitive and extremely pretty. The Surface will never gain any major share against Ipad and Android.

    2) As a Desktop UI same comments. If I wanted a tablet like UI for my desktop I would instal Android x86. I have and its a pleasure to use especially is you are used to Android on the phone/tablet.

    It makes even less sense when you click an app (Firefox, Tbird) and it jumps straight to desktop, why not just go there to start with. Talking about Start....oh enough said on that score.

    3) As I said, love all the eye candy of Vista and Win7. MS have gone mad and stripped it all away to give us a Desktop that looks like Win98 but with a wee bit of colour. They probably did this to make it as fast as possible because Metro slows it down. This is a really boring desktop.

    Summary?

    Long live Win7 (prices for this on ebay will go through the roof as people buy PCs with Win8 and retrofit Win7.)

    No company would go near metro.

    Metro tablets will go the way of the Windows phones....what windows phones?

    Apple, Samsung, and Google must be laughing there socks off.

    Cheers from OZ, keep your chin up NY and Atlantic City

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  2. #1412


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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by PaulGo View Post
    I feel an good desktop OS should be functional and not get in the users way. The OS should not be a playground but a way to quickly get to the programs the user needs. Windows 8 fails in this while Windows 7 does an excellent job. When Microsoft realizes they should not be selling a dumbed down OS for the desktop that was designed for a tablet then I will purchase that OS.
    That sums it up quite well. When waiting for the next "Desktop" not Surface Tablet version to come out you expect to see a desktop OS to begin with. The problem now seen with 8 is this change is degressive not progressive when looking back 3.1 to 95 not 3.1 to 98 by the way.

    Seeing the desktop load up automatically as well as improvements that worked out well where seen in 95 rather then typing in "win.exe" at the dos prompt to see the Windows application load up! You also started seeing things like IE included as well as Media Player. IE 1 and IE 2 being released back in 1995 with IE 3 out the following year first seeing IE included with 95PLUS! however.

    OSR1 which these days would be like SP1 for 95 as well as the IE Starter Kit saw IE 2 start the ball rolling while by the 98 was out IE 4.0 came included with 98 1st Ed. and IE 5.0 with 98SE.You can refer to the Wiki page seen at Internet Explorer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    As pointed out near the top of this thread I can repeat here about how awkward it is to be going back and forth between Start screen and desktop for each thing. If you want to open a second IE or other browser windows(while IE is pinned already on the taskbar) as an example you have to find the Start popup again to go back to the Start screen to open the second.

    All programs spread out over a screen that will continuously scroll to the right for how long depending on how you have installed and then needing to look for a separate hidden tool bar rather then finding Settings>CP on a regular Start menu as well as "where the H is the shutdown button?"! Convoluted as the early blog writers uttered while the needless extra steps for each thing become tiresome very fast from a far less efficient gui to work with!

    Tedious, cumbersome, and unproductive is the assessment of how this change is as far as the desktop is concerned. For your Android smart phone substitute feel free to jump on a Surface Tablet running RT. That is precisely what you are seeing on what MS calls an Windows 8 desktop version? Let's pretend MS made a mistake calling 8 Windows 8 by name when it should have been called "Windows RT Desktop edition"!
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  3. #1413


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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by PaulGo View Post
    Windows 8 fails in this while Windows 7 does an excellent job.
    IMO, Windows 7 is a PIA. Don't need it, don't want it.

    Quote Originally Posted by hollyfs8 View Post
    This is the worst version of Windows ever!... I want my money back!
    There you go. Windows 8 is a PIA. Don't need it, don't want it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    If you want to open a second IE or other browser windows(while IE is pinned already on the taskbar) as an example you have to find the Start popup again to go back to the Start screen to open the second.
    Why go back to the SS to open a second instance of IE? If it is pinned to the taskbar, right clicking IE opens as many instances of it as you might need. How many browsers do you need? Pin 2 or 3 browsers to the taskbar if that is what you need. There is no need to go back to the SS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    then needing to look for a separate hidden tool bar
    Moving a pointer to the right side of the screen does not seem like a complex task.

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Tedious, cumbersome, and unproductive is the assessment of how this change is as far as the desktop is concerned.
    Ok. I don't think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    All programs spread out over a screen that will continuously scroll to the right for how long depending on how you have installed
    This is what semantic zooming is for. You could have 2000 programs installed. All in organized program groups on 1 screen. Click the title and the contents of that installation are centered on the screen.
    Scrolling or sideways movement is not necessary. (apps area)

    Quote Originally Posted by HPDeskjet View Post
    Iíve been trying out the Consumer Preview for a couple of days now and it looks as though MS have chosen to make using the desktop UI in Windows we all know as difficult and frustrating as possible.
    MS must be deliberately and intentionally making the OS difficult to use.
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  4. #1414


    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

    Win 8 Is Meant for Hand-helds, not for Computers


    This is more than obvious. It could hardly be better for hand-held devices of any type, but it is completely useless for computers. Most configurations have been swept away by MS as if they were useless rubbish, in fact turning the OS itself into rubbish. Can you imagine enterprises buying expensive touch-screen monitors for their tens, hundreds or thousands of employees just for Microsoft's sake? If they were wishing to throw the money over the window and did that, can you imagine all that people on their jobs stretching their arms to touch their monitors? Can you figure that out?

    Techrepublic.com has done a preliminary poll on 1.100 people on who is planning or not use or deploy Windows 8. The affirmative answers are about 25%, but we can easily suppose that most have not yet tried this new OS. They appreciate it on mobiles, so they believe it will be good for PCs, too. More probably they will change their opinion after trying it in a real working environment. Furthermore, it is a complete downgrade from the previous versions, except on what regards security and better kernel. It is also better for social contacts. However, nothing of this improves productivity. On the opposite, with screen changes and those stupid full screen applications that cannot run in a window, it will decreases productivity for sure. For Microsoft's commercial target this is like they are shooting their own feet.

    People may like it or not, that is a natter of taste, and they are right if they do, but these are hard facts having nothing to do with likings. When people deciding on buying the OS for the enterprises will notice how this OS will degrade productivity, it won't be difficult to realise what their decisions will be.

    I believe many people coming to these forums have more programs installed on their computers than the common user, many more that a hand-held user. We all know that almost all programs add their linked icons to the start menu when installed. It is not uncommon for a program to add three icons, some add less and most many more. I am sure many people here will have more than 20 applications installed on their PCs, either bigger or smaller. Each one will add its own icons to the Windows 8 start page. Imagine how many icons you will have. You can end up with hundreds of icons, or tiles. However, this is not all. We know that the icons names of any application rarely start all with the same letters, but on the start page the icons are listed alphabetically. Imagine how they are all mixed up like soup for pigs. Yes, we can type to find a link, but in Win 8 we are forbidden to search a link any other way, but by typing. They are so many all mixed up that we can't do it otherwise. The icons become absolutely useless, and the start page something that can be used by typing only. Very practical and productive, isn't it? Excellent for enterprises.

    Consequently, it won't be difficult to believe that Ubuntu 12-10, released eight days before Win 8, is probably a better choice. It is normal that people does not care about what I will do, but I really don't know. If the problem was only the start menu it wouldn't be such an ugly case, but adding up the other things make it useless and worthless.
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  5. #1415


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neophile View Post
    Win 8 Is Meant for Hand-helds, not for Computers ...
    This is more than obvious.
    You're joking. No it isn't. Geez. Meant for? 8 is a desktop OS, period.

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...nterprise.html
    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...r-desktop.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Neophile View Post
    We all know that almost all programs add their linked icons to the start menu when installed. It is not uncommon for a program to add three icons, some add less and most many more. I am sure many people here will have more than 20 applications installed on their PCs, either bigger or smaller. Each one will add its own icons to the Windows 8 start page. Imagine how many icons you will have. You can end up with hundreds of icons, or tiles.
    BTW, Neophile, Welcome to the Eight Forums.

    There is a difference between the Start Screen and all apps area.
    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...tart-menu.html

    Is your desktop littered with icons?
    Is your SS littered with tiles?
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  6. #1416


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Neophile View Post
    This is more than obvious. It could hardly be better for hand-held devices of any type, but it is completely useless for computers. Most configurations have been swept away by MS as if they were useless rubbish, in fact turning the OS itself into rubbish. Can you imagine enterprises buying expensive touch-screen monitors for their tens, hundreds or thousands of employees just for Microsoft's sake? If they were wishing to throw the money over the window and did that, can you imagine all that people on their jobs stretching their arms to touch their monitors? Can you figure that out?

    Techrepublic.com has done a preliminary poll on 1.100 people on who is planning or not use or deploy Windows 8. The affirmative answers are about 25%, but we can easily suppose that most have not yet tried this new OS. They appreciate it on mobiles, so they believe it will be good for PCs, too. More probably they will change their opinion after trying it in a real working environment. Furthermore, it is a complete downgrade from the previous versions, except on what regards security and better kernel. It is also better for social contacts. However, nothing of this improves productivity. On the opposite, with screen changes and those stupid full screen applications that cannot run in a window, it will decreases productivity for sure. For Microsoft's commercial target this is like they are shooting their own feet.

    People may like it or not, that is a natter of taste, and they are right if they do, but these are hard facts having nothing to do with likings. When people deciding on buying the OS for the enterprises will notice how this OS will degrade productivity, it won't be difficult to realise what their decisions will be.

    <snip>
    No. Just no. Nothing really changes. The Desktop still functions like a Desktop. The start screen can be reconfigured for all your apps like an oversized start menu. Productivity is the same. Your word processor is still a word processor. People just don't want to change and adapt. Win 8 also works fine with a keyboard and mouse. Shortcuts are still the way to go, as they have always been. Have you even used Win 8 for longer than 5 min?
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  7. #1417


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    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I don't agree that Windows 8 will be a flop. I think it will do very well, especially considering it has sold 4 million copies already (well, according to Microsoft anyway). I've used it from the consumer preview, and have been very satisfied. Windows 8 is the best of XP and Windows 7, and then more.

    I remember when Windows 7 came out, and there was an epidemic of people were criticizing it and saying Windows XP was better. I was one of them, as I only used XP back then and it did the job. But after I got a new laptop with Win 7 and started using it, I really changed my views. So all I can say is, the same scenario is playing out here and many people who are not looking forward to Windows 8 will change their minds once they start using it. It really is a great OS in my opinion.

    This thread's title is really off the mark.
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  8. #1418


    I don't know anyone who said w7 was not as good as xp and w7 had awesome word of mouth right out of the gate. Loads of people jumped on the betas and never looked back. W7 criticism was minimal to say the least.

    Of course they are going to sell w8, they are practically giving it away for $15.00. Great show of confidence there MS, lol.

    The best thing about w8 is you can 100% avoid that silly metro screen.
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  9. #1419


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    MS offered a Win7 upgrade for $15, most OEMs gave it for free.
    I got Win7 upgrades for $50, right after it was released. Now you can get Win8 upgrades for $40.
    It's a standard sales promotion.
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  10. #1420


    Completely useless... maybe a touch of objectivity might prevail here. I've upgraded 3 of our four PCs to Windows 8 and am getting used to it. We moved to Windows phones a month ago and feel that they are much more user friendly than our previous Android phones. We haven't had that same wonderful feeling with Windows 8 yet but a few tweaks here and there and a bit of getting used to it is making me feel it's a worthwhile upgrade. I think the "style" feels "dumbed down" and a touch infantile - but that's much the way of things these days. It's early days - it will work in the end.
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This will be Microsofts biggest ever flop, far bigger than Vista.
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