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Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability

  1. #11


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Funny thing is, I like 8 just fine, albeit in desktop mode. With classic shell installed I boot direct to desktop, I have my start menu and start button, hot corners and charms thing disabled. It's just metro.... don't want it.

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  2. #12


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Nothing new here, just the same old B.S. about how bad 8 is and all the B.S. MS fanboys put out. In other words the parrots are flocking in to. . . about win 8.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Huh?


    Me, I'm neither a fanboi nor a hater.
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  4. #14


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Huh?


    Me, I'm neither a fanboi nor a hater.
    Didn't point out any names, or accuse any one person. Just a personal opinion. . .nothing more. . .
    Last edited by Lee; 26 Nov 2012 at 08:52.
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hidden features, reduced discoverability
    I like these new features...

    Nah... the hard way is to discover (indeed) how or where for example ALL the text colors can be changed.
    Because they CAN be changed. I quite confident with that.

    On the other hand Win8 protects itself from (my) wrong text color changes.
    I'll never forget the day I messed up my XP, simply because I had black text on black backgrounds, on multiple places and I couldn't read a thing on the screen!

    But still wonder what hidden features are out there...

    So far, all works well on Win8, for me at least, and I shouldn't complain.
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Huh?


    Me, I'm neither a fanboi nor a hater.
    Yeah, me too. I don't hate Windows 8, and I wouldn't consider myself a fanboy. It's just disappointing the way Windows 8 turned out after all the hype. I do like some of the new features but that's offset by the disjointed UI.
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  7. #17


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Huh?


    Me, I'm neither a fanboi nor a hater.
    Yeah, me too. I don't hate Windows 8, and I wouldn't consider myself a fanboy. It's just disappointing the way Windows 8 turned out after all the hype. I do like some of the new features but that's offset by the disjointed UI.
    That fairly well sums up my feeling toward it, even though I've bought retail version.

    In my opinion, in it's native state it's mechanically less efficient by a long shot from traditoinal desktop GUI. And without hacks would not have purchased.

    Positives are quicker boot, 2 second shut down, (unbelievable, but not surprising as had to be cut down to work on mobile phones/tablets), and very bland for same reason, but efficient OS in getting the job done.
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  8. #18


    Had to help my dad and his friend figure out how to shut down their new Windows 8 laptop last night. They had resorted to just using the power button as they couldn't stumble upon any other way.

    We have a couple people at work on 8 now because we are a software shop and have to see what customers see. I have had to help many of them because they failed to figure out the new method of doing something. It is not intuitive in my experiences. Perhaps fir others here, they simply think and process differently. I could easily have 8 at home or work of I wanted to, but I simply don't want it. In no real way, does it provide me with advantages on a day to day basis.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    They made a very obvious mistake.

    Instead of offering what they knew the customers would want, they tried to force something MS wants.

    That is why they are getting so much criticism.

    If they had allowed booting to desktop and start menu as default for desktop machines - those desktop usability criticisms would not be there.

    That's not to say it would be perfect - but the reception would have been much better.

    They would still have consistency across devices - desktop mode looks and acts the same on all devices, and metro mode looks and acts the same across all devices.

    They are trying to force start screen on users to get them to buy MS apps. and services and draw them into MS clouds.

    It might sell ok in spite of that.

    Imagine how much better it could have sold if they hadn't made a mess of it.

    Difficult to overcome those initial perceptions/bad reviews even if they fix it now.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    It's not the usability that's a disappointment.

    Its the BS that is going on behind the scenes that sucks.

    I like the OS, but the direction MS is pushing us only makes me want to run (not walk) in the opposite direction.
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