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Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability

  1. #41


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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    No need to 'defend these decisions', you like it or don't, maybe somewhere in between.

    It's your choice to run it or not, there are alternatives.
    Right now I am in between, and am hanging in to see where it all leads. I picked up the OS upgrade for only 40 bucks so if I decide to go backwords eventually, I am not out that much. The addition of the start menu and the app store make the os more interesting, I will say that. My work laptops still run 7, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I wish desktop users like myself, who still comprise a massive chunk of windows users over all, did not have to feel like 2nd class citizens with the release of this OS. For instance, I would love to see some apps in the app store that are designed with desktop users in mind, rather than the touch first stuff. Hey, maybe they can even state, 'desktop only', or create a brand new category in the app store. Small things like this can go a long way to helping us desktop users feel a little less left out.. How hard can it be to make the os and the app store slightly more chameleon like, with all the same underlying code, so that desktop users still feel like we are using an os that is designed with us in mind, instead of feeling like we are just after thoughts..

    I do tend to post thoughts like these every few weeks or so, and I continue to use windows 8. I believe that there are a lot of Microsoft employees within the boards, and that they comprise a fair margin of those who are out there in these boards defending the OS. Many of my posts have been aimed at them. There have been some rock solid suggestions made by yours truly on how to make this os into a winner..

    When I have time, I intend to reload my downstairs machine and hopefully resolve the sharing issue...
    You gave me an idea to do a search in the Store app on "desktop". I was surprised at the search results. You may want to try that. For me, most were crap, but there were some good ones.

    I'm one to think that all software will eventually be written in the touch interface. Eventually there will be no more desktop portal as we know it in 8 or past OSs. It may take years. MS is heading in a much different direction as in the past. All a part of "Reimagined".
    I agree, that years from now, most interfaces will probably be touch based. We are not there yet however. Not even close... Hence my comments...

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  2. #42


    Ontario, Canada
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    Windows 8 Professional 64b


    Ya know, I didn't even read this whole thread but I figured I'd put in two cents anyway.

    Personally, there was a small learning curve for me to get used to Windows 8.. The wonders of the internet allows many people to find the information they need when they can't figure it out themselves. Through this process, the most difficult thing I found with Windows 8 was finding the power button in the OS.. (Seriously though, why not just add a "Power" charm on the right?!

    But yea, For me the transition has been pretty seamless.. And quite frankly I notice the performance difference on my machine between 7 and 8. It seems to be just that little bit more efficient with 8 vs. 7.
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  3. #43


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


    I find 8 to be every bit as useable as 7.

    I've installed Classic Shell, but have kept Metro enabled, so I have the best of both worlds.

    And it doesn't come close to being unusable with a mouse.
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  4. #44


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    It is quite useable with a mouse and I was surprised at how effective it actually is with a mouse, considering that it's primarily designed for touch.

    But it's the menu system in the Modern interface that makes it less effective than the the traditional Windows desktop interface. I guess I just prefer cascading menus, the taskbar menu and the odd shortcut on the desktop.

    Also, if the Modern interface allowed apps to open in reduced size on a screen, so that you could open multiple apps if you want, that would improve things quite a lot, I think.

    I've never used one of the latest Apple devices, but one thing everyone says is that it requires almost no training to understand and use the device (a two year old can use an iPad). If this is true, then the Modern interface is almost diametrically opposite to the Apple interface.
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  5. #45


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    Windows 8 Professional 64b


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    It is quite useable with a mouse and I was surprised at how effective it actually is with a mouse, considering that it's primarily designed for touch.

    But it's the menu system in the Modern interface that makes it less effective than the the traditional Windows desktop interface. I guess I just prefer cascading menus, the taskbar menu and the odd shortcut on the desktop.

    Also, if the Modern interface allowed apps to open in reduced size on a screen, so that you could open multiple apps if you want, that would improve things quite a lot, I think.

    I've never used one of the latest Apple devices, but one thing everyone says is that it requires almost no training to understand and use the device (a two year old can use an iPad). If this is true, then the Modern interface is almost diametrically opposite to the Apple interface.
    I agree that there should be some sort of variance between the touch and desktop editions of this UI, though built off the same foundation. That being said I have gotten used to how I can switch between apps.

    Just to mention about Apples interface.. the reason why it takes almost no training to understand is because it looks the same as it did when the iPhone was released in 2007. It hasn't changed in almost 6 years! No major changes anyway...

    I taught my 80 yr old grandfather how to use his iPad to check his email, and that took me a solid 3 hours! It took me just as long to teach a stubborn man in his mid-50's how to use the new Windows 8 UI after being used to XP his whole life.

    I suppose it's a matter of perspective. Everyone knows how to use an Apple UI because it's saturated in the market. There's almost as many people now that know inherently how to navigate the Android UI as well.

    Bottom line for me is: Stuff's gonna change, so people should learn how to teach themselves. The secret to all us "techy people" isn't that we necessarily KNOW a lot of things, we just know WHERE to find the information and how to follow instructions!
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  7. #47


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Nice find, with more added options, this will be useful.
    Hope to see more apps along this line.
    We'll probably see something like this in Win Blue.
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  8. #48


    Quote Originally Posted by boyboyds View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Don't you understand he said Windows 8 with classic shell? That windows 8 with windows XP interface which is everything not to like about Windows 8 except the underlying OS!
    If the only problem with W8 is the interface, the OS is good, then "Classic Shell" solves the problem. I just hope it is not buggy and does not slow things down. XP is still my favorite interface, though I have been using W7 for a wile.

    BBDS.
    I just bought W8 laptop. While at the store I hated W8, it looked like a total mess. I was planning on installing the Classic Shell and completely bypassing the Metro. But to my surprise I do not hate it anymore and did not even install the Start menu. For basic computing, web, pictures it works just fine. Desktop is almost identical to W7 and I added all the missing icons like My Computer and others. I created Google Chrome tile and it shoots me directly to Google bypassing the desktop. I agree that W8 may not be ready for Enterprise, but for basic home computing it is just fine.

    BBDS
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  9. #49


    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    That is a great find, Bill. Thanks! :thumbup:

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    Nice find, with more added options, this will be useful.
    Hope to see more apps along this line.
    We'll probably see something like this in Win Blue.
    I agree, Dave. I think that is exactly what we'll see in Windows Blue -> "Multipaning", not Windows in the traditional sense as we know it. Obviously this will be more fit for enterprise. I've posted a lot on how 8 was/is not targeted for enterprise, but for the general population because of the limited app snapping of only two. It is the "transitional" OS.

    This may fulfill the rumors that it will be sold as a SP or an "addon" to 8 instead of installing a new OS. It makes sense to me in that the new kernel has been written, so why waist time and money in writing a new one each time. Simply add on options that one needs or desires. It may be limited as an addon to the Enterprise Edition, though.

    Now....to go install this app.....
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  10. #50


    Windows 8 is certainly usable, but so is windows 7. They are different modes of usability.

    Considering security support for windows 7 will last many many years into the future, most people won't feel the need to change unless they're forced to.

    By the time I upgrade to windows 9/10 it will be a whole new (hopefully polished?) UI paradigm.
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