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Did MS trade beauty for speed?

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    Did MS trade beauty for speed?


    Anyone here can probably see that Windows 7 is a lot better looking than Windows 8/8.1, at least when it comes to the desktop. Most of us Windows 8/8.1 users must have noticed that it is less resource hungry than Windows 7 not to mention faster.
    Does this mean MS has made a trade-off? Has MS ditched the good looks of W7 for some extra speed/agility on W8/8.1?

    What do you guys think?

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder my friend.
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    I can speak about desktops mostly. That trade off maybe relevant only to marginal systems (performance wise), ones on the edge of minimum requirements. For any half decent system, all that "makeup" did not make a dent in performance. If you are referring to Aero, that I liked but is really unnecessary feature and even that did not make any difference that I could see.
    In older Widows, you could always "kill" all the visual effects if needed but most of memory savings were by not using large picture or none at all for desktop anyway.
    I think that most of performance improvements came with better use of memory and using more features that newer CPUs and GPUs have, looks have much less influence.
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    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So, beauty is a subjective term. But based on the way Windows 8 was received, I have to admit that the majority of the consumers felt that Windows 7 is better looking than Windows 8.

    Has MS traded beauty for speed? In a way, yes. They wanted their new operating system to run on a wide range of systems including less powerful hardware with greater portability. So, it did make sense to make the operating less resource hungry.

    Many users have extremely powerful hardware and in these kind of systems, the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7 in resource usage is very little and can't be felt.

    So, the answer to your question, "Did MS trade beauty for speed?" will be no. Those who have super powerful hardware can't feel the little gain in speed. So, if these users happen to think of Windows 7 as beautiful, they are missing out on beauty with no compensation of speed.

    What I feel is that they could have implemented it in a better way. They could have made it possible to install Aero while installing Windows. This way, users with less powerful hardware as well as those with powerful hardware could have been served.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder my friend.
    You said what I wanted to say, my friend, when I was composing my post
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    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
    How about I just like the look of Windows 8.1 better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So, beauty is a subjective term. But based on the way Windows 8 was received, I have to admit that the majority of the consumers felt that Windows 7 is better looking than Windows 8.

    Has MS traded beauty for speed? In a way, yes. They wanted their new operating system to run on a wide range of systems including less powerful hardware with greater portability. So, it did make sense to make the operating less resource hungry.

    Many users have extremely powerful hardware and in these kind of systems, the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7 in resource usage is very little and can't be felt.

    So, the answer to your question, "Did MS trade beauty for speed?" will be no. Those who have super powerful hardware can't feel the little gain in speed. So, if these users happen to think of Windows 7 as beautiful, they are missing out on beauty with no compensation of speed.

    What I feel is that they could have implemented it in a better way. They could have made it possible to install Aero while installing Windows. This way, users with less powerful hardware as well as those with powerful hardware could have been served.
    But aren't all Windows versions made for the majority of its demographic? If so, then they have made all Windows thinking of lower end PCs, which are what most PC owners and Windows users will have. Of course, you were right in the sense that if someone is wealthy enough to dispense with 200+ dollars for an OS then they will probably have a conducive machine to go with the money spent on one single software (the OS). In this case this person is more likely to have a powerful machine than an old PC which has the bare minimum for that OS.
    If MS were thinking of the buying users, the minority of Windows users, then they could've thrown in Aero and all the rest of the eye candy from Windows 7. If not, if they were thinking of the vast majority who download or buy pirated versions of Windows then
    making a faster, less of an eye candy filled OS makes more sense.
    But who should Microsoft target in this scenario? The buying minority, or the pirating vast majority? By the looks and less usage of resources of Windows 8/8.1 it seems they took the majority into account...
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    But who should Microsoft target in this scenario? The buying minority, or the pirating vast majority? By the looks of Windows 8/8.1 it seems they took the majority into account...
    What I think is: Instead of targeting any particular set of users, why not give them the option? MS should have allowed the option to install Aero while installing Windows. This way, both groups of consumers could have been satisfied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    But who should Microsoft target in this scenario? The buying minority, or the pirating vast majority? By the looks of Windows 8/8.1 it seems they took the majority into account...
    What I think is: Instead of targeting any particular set of users, why not give them the option? MS should have allowed the option to install Aero while installing Windows. This way, both groups of consumers could have been satisfied.
    I absolutely agree with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafael1979 View Post
    I absolutely agree with you.
    I'm glad you do
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