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    An interesting view


    Reuters

    The Windows 8 Consumer Preview presentation in February.
    This opinion is based on using the new release candidate beta that is pretty much what will finally ship after some bug fixes.

    It’s not that the product out-and-out stinks. It is refreshingly slick-looking and modern, albeit without any charm whatsoever.

    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!?”

    First of all, the system-software product is mostly divorced from all the thought and trends developed by Windows over the years, as if to say that they were wrong the whole time, so let’s try something altogether new.

    No business will tolerate this software, let me assure you. As a productivity tool, it is unusable.

    Most applications cannot even be scaled down and so take up the whole screen. To even get out of these “apps,” you have to ram the cursor down into the lower left corner and click. That puts you back onto the vapid “Metro” start screen, where you can begin another miserable adventure.

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    Do you work on a huge 27-inch or bigger monitor? You know, so you have room to organize your programs and files? Well, imagine everything running full screen on that. It’s a joke.

    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.

    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. It ranks up there with the potential for disaster that the Itanium chip presented for Intel Corp. /quotes/zigman/20392/quotes/nls/intc INTC +1.56% It’s that bad.

    I have no idea why Microsoft would take such an enormous gamble on its cash cow like this. Incremental changes were a theme at Redmond, Wash.; this is a radical departure.

    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.

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    This is insanity, plain and simple. It’s even more nuts knowing that nobody is waiting in line to buy Windows Phone in the first place, and the tablet is untested in the market. So the company jumps ahead to the desktop?

    I admit that I did not like the Metro interface from the minute I saw it. But the early developers’ beta of Windows 8 did show some promise of letting me hang out on the desktop and avoid Metro completely. This no longer looks to be the case.

    Microsoft and Apple Inc. /quotes/zigman/68270/quotes/nls/aapl AAPL +1.04% have trained their users and penetrated the market (especially the enterprise market) to the limit. 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?

    The public and enterprise users are going to demand Windows 7 throughout 2013 and until Microsoft gives up on this soulless Metro interface and gets a new design team, fast.

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    First, You could have removed the advertising from your cut and paste. It makes it hard to read. Second, you could have included a link to the article.

    Third, I have a hard time taking any "review" serious that says things like "It's a joke". That is just unprofessional, and insulting from a professional writer. Further, stating things like "It's unusable" is hyperbole, because it's clearly not. I've been using it for quite some time now, and while I'm no Metro fan, it's hardly unusable.

    I won't take reviews like this seriously, because the author clearly is grinding an axe. If he were being fair, there are tons and tons of things he could have mentioned that would balance the review, but he didn't. As such, it's just a hate piece.
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    It seems to be written by someone who has never used Windows 8! Probably installed it took one look and decided they didn't like it. I have found the more I use it the easier it becomes as such I now like it very much and use it as my main OS.
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    It seems to be written by someone who has never used Windows 8! Probably installed it took one look and decided they didn't like it.
    That makes no sense. Just because you seem to like it - that doesn't mean everybody else has to.

    A review is an opinion. It would be absurd to expect "In my opinion" or "It feels to me " at the beginning of every sentence.

    Do you have a link to the article Wolfgang?
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    Ahh.. John Dvorak. That makes so much sense.

    John Dvorak hasn't been right about anything he's written about in over 20 years. Remember how he prognosticated that the "Network computer" would take over the world? Remember how Desktops were dead? Remember how he made prediction after prediction and was wrong every time?

    But being right is not how he makes his money. It's getting people to read his stuff, and being as provocative as possible gets the most eyeballs.
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    It's the way of the media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It seems to be written by someone who has never used Windows 8! Probably installed it took one look and decided they didn't like it.
    That makes no sense. Just because you seem to like it - that doesn't mean everybody else has to.

    A review is an opinion. It would be absurd to expect "In my opinion" or "It feels to me " at the beginning of every sentence.

    Do you have a link to the article Wolfgang?
    If there had been a link, I would have posted it. I found it as is on another forum.

    One may not necessarily agree with everything the man says, but he still has some good points.
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    No business will tolerate this software, let me assure you. As a productivity tool, it is unusable.

    Exactly of what you have point out and if this is implemented in the business firm can't imagine that employees would just browse the metro doing their personal stuff while at work. As Company/Organization they put restriction to their network specially in social network, nonetheless if they are working at the same atmosphere of business but in the kind of firm like legal or any none related company would not use of this kind of Metro interface. Now, they bought ESN to widen their range to social networking sites Microsoft Buys Yammer for $1.2 Billion that they think users will appreciate, yes home users will do but in the business firm it is not suited.


    and the tablet is untested in the market.

    They are in a rush to release the Microsoft Surface while OS is still unstable and need of more reviews/testing/reports to run as like Win7 OS.
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