A Windows veteran looks at Win8 Consumer Preview

If you download and install Windows 8 Consumer Preview, released late last week, I can almost guarantee that you won’t like it.

I know only a handful of experienced Windows users (who don’t work for or with Microsoft) who say they like Windows 8. But it’s the future, eh?

Microsoft is not building Windows 8 for the garden-variety Windows expert. You and I aren’t being ignored, exactly, but we’re not at the top of the Win8 food chain. As perplexing as it might sound, aiming Windows 8 at a different demographic is probably a good decision. But it still might lead to Windows’ demise.

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A Windows veteran looks at Win8 Consumer Preview


what are we? Rookies all....geez
 

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I won't say that 8 is awful, but it does have its problems. What people are looking for is the main theme, and MS is attempting to find what that is. Albeit, it would appear that MS is going down the wrong road; people just don't want to change. They have been using the same interface for so long that any change is disturbing, thus causing them to reject anything out of the norm. Windows 8 is in the long run going to happen, and whether we like it or not it is the way of the future. If you do not like the way MS is going then wait a couple of months after the first retail release and then there will be a couple of hundred skinning applications to help you decide how you want it to look.

And, if you think that going with a Mac will make a big difference you may find out that is also changing. If you want to see the Mac of the future then purchase an iPad 3 (HD).
 

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I stopped taking this man's quotation seriously at the first sentence. Who is he to tell us whether we like something or not? Sure, some people will agree with him... but you should always try something for yourself and THEN judge.
 

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each to their own but I think this guy is talking a lot of Bovine Scatology.

I've used Windows even on the old Windows 286 (pre 3.0/3.1/3.11) and I find THIS version great.
Most of my colleagues do too --all old Windows users.

I haven't found ANYTHING I need to run that doesn't work on it either.

Of course some improvements need to be done but this isn't even a Release Candidate yet.

Cheers
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Well said, jimbo.

It seems to me that so many people are stuck in a rut, and have got so used to doing things the same way that they have for years (the Start button has been available, in various incarnations, since the days of Windows 95) that when it comes to doing things differently they throw a hissy fit and say that they can't do it. In some cases, it's not a so much can't do it, rather the unwillingness to adapt and learn the new method, which I think is quite straightforward.

Of course, I realise that this is only my opinion, and that others may choose to agree or disagree with me. That's fine - everyone is entitled to their opinion and it is their perogative to do so. But that's my view on the subject.
 

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It sure beats the Radio Shack Tandy Color Computer that I used to own back in the 80's.
 

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"People don't like change"

If I see that once more I will scream.

It is a complete falsehood.

Probably the most used marketing technique is to slp the word "NEW" on a product - New aroma - New album by so and so - NEW sreies of whatever, New - now washes whiter.

They do that because they know people don't like change, obviously. :sarc:

The complete opposite is true.

So how did that idea get about?

Hitler proved that if you repeat a lie often enough - even if it is obviously untrue - people believe it.


If you are selling something new - and it doesn't go down too well -instead of admitting you didn't get it right - you can blame the customers - it is their fault - because after all, people don't like change.

Garbage.
 

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I like windows 8 however some things that I need getting used to are:

*Metro panels that appear on the desktop and look out of place when navigating my desktop. Sometimes these panels get in my way also.
*Metro interface sometimes looks like it shouldn't coexist with aero. It should be all one way or the other.

Everything else I am happy with. It is smooth responsive and stable and I have been using it as my primary OS as I like to live on the wild side :).

I'm sure I will get used to it.
 

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It going to be tough selling Windows 8 to business customers and converting large numbers of business computers :(
 

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@SIW2 I couldn't agree more.

The problem I have with Metro is, I just don't see the point of it on the desktop. The first question I asked myself when I installed DP and again when I installed CP was, how much time will I spend in the Metro interface. The answer to that, for me anyway, is zero. There's simply nothing in Metro I want or need to use. The the majority of what I do, every day, on my systems, requires several open and constantly accessed windows across multiple desktops. For me, Metro is just an unnecessary layer, I'm apparently required to navigate, to get to where I need to be. After I'm there, I have no reason to return.
 

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Well said, jimbo.

It seems to me that so many people are stuck in a rut, and have got so used to doing things the same way that they have for years (the Start button has been available, in various incarnations, since the days of Windows 95) that when it comes to doing things differently they throw a hissy fit and say that they can't do it. In some cases, it's not a so much can't do it, rather the unwillingness to adapt and learn the new method, which I think is quite straightforward.

Of course, I realise that this is only my opinion, and that others may choose to agree or disagree with me. That's fine - everyone is entitled to their opinion and it is their prerogative to do so. But that's my view on the subject.
Agree.

Just need to take a little time to get use to it, use it for a week or so and then tune it.
Everybody should have a way to make it how they want, a few more native options would make it easier but don't expect to see that happen.
For those willing, third party apps will likely be needed.
 

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Agreed

"People don't like change"

If I see that once more I will scream.

It is a complete falsehood.

Probably the most used marketing technique is to slp the word "NEW" on a product - New aroma - New album by so and so - NEW sreies of whatever, New - now washes whiter.

They do that because they know people don't like change, obviously. :sarc:
...
If you are selling something new - and it doesn't go down too well -instead of admitting you didn't get it right - you can blame the customers - it is their fault - because after all, people don't like change.

Garbage.

Agreed.

I ran W7 as (basically) my main OS from b7048.
There were some things I didn't like (and those things are still true today).
 

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I'm kind of getting tired of people ragging on Windows 8. This version is can't really be compared to past version because there hasn't ever been anything like it. It's not going to fail like vista, it might not succeed like 7, it might not last as long as xp.

Windows 8 is Windows literally reimagined. It's shaping to the way people use PCs, and that is partly influenced by the tablet sector, but that isn't such a bad thing. I like some features in mobile systems to be on my desktop, like general speed overall. Many people don't have 20 windows open on average. Windows 8 offers the best of both worlds, supreme multitasking, and content immersion.

Also, power users aren't the main concern of Microsoft, it's usually the enterprise and consumers, not always for IT people. That's why there is a thing called Windows Server, Windows Home Server, and Windows Azure. Those are products for IT people.
 

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I can't be the only that actually likes Metro, right? I find it very useful when I want to navigate to files/settings/programs, since it only requires the use of a keyboard. I press the Windows key and typ in whatever I'm looking for and it immediatly shows up. Easy access.

Has anyone tried the Marketplace? It's cool because you have the same apps you'd have on your phone or tablet AND you're able to use them in full HD glory on your desktop!
 

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Thing is when Win7 came out in RC1(which is where this Win8 is basically) it was pretty much an instant hit, almost everyone that liked Windows LOVED Windows 7. Wind8 is, as far as I can tell so far, a good OS-except for Metro. More people dislike it than like it from what I am reading and those that like it are really trying hard to sell it. That was not the case with Win7 and I will repeat what I said about Win7 when it came out, "Microsoft finally got one right-right out of the box". Just my opinion, I would sell Windows 8 with a more traditional interface and offer Metro as "feature".
 

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The irony is. I suspect if all previous versions of windows were taken away, and only 8 was available, as soon as everyone learned how 8 works, they would be more then satisfied. It seems that other then a few issues, much as people had certain issues with 7, that 8 is as good as 7, and may indeed prove to be better?
 

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You can already do that in Windows 7.

I find it very useful when I want to navigate to files/settings/programs, since it only requires the use of a keyboard. I press the Windows key and typ in whatever I'm looking for and it immediatly shows up. Easy access.

You can already do that in Windows 7. :confused:

The irony is. I suspect if all previous versions of windows were taken away, and only 8 was available, as soon as everyone learned how 8 works, they would be more then satisfied

Assuming that they had never tried Linux or Mac OSX.
 
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I find it very useful when I want to navigate to files/settings/programs, since it only requires the use of a keyboard. I press the Windows key and typ in whatever I'm looking for and it immediatly shows up. Easy access.
You can already do that in Windows 7. :confused:
I'm aware of that, but it just feels more integrated now. Besides that, it's also more visually integrated and just seems faster.
 

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I see a few people seem to imagine win 8 is somehow faster.

Mine isn't - I don't mind - I wasn't expecting it to be at this stage.

Strange how a few people think it is.

Perhaps it depends on your system.
 

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