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In praise of the Windows 8 Desktop

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    In praise of the Windows 8 Desktop


    This story needs to be read in full, it's an honest appraisal of Windows 8.

    Just in case people think Paul Thurrot is a Microsoft lover, he's not, he bashes Microsoft more than Tim Cook does.

    .But the desktop. Oh, how the desktop has improved.

    Gone is the now-antiquated Aero look and feel, its needlessly translucent glass effects replaced by the more pleasing, modern-looking, and, yes, opaque Explorer windows in Windows 8. Microsoft removed Aero because of battery life concerns, which Iím OK with. But I just think it looks better.


    Windows Explorer has been upgraded substantially with a new ribbon-based UI that power users will immediately start grousing about. Relax, itís a win-win: Now, the less sophisticated users you support can actually find what theyíre looking for. And you can hide the ribbon, creating the cleanest looking version of Explorer youíve ever used. And you can mount ISO and VHD images directly into the file system and access them just like normal discs and disks, respectively.


    Anyone dogged by slow and unreliable file copies in previous Windows versions, especially over a network, will love that file copy/move has been completely overhauled. It not only looks better with a nice new single-window UI, but it moves like greased lightning, as if Microsoft finally discovered multi-threaded programming for the first time. This isnít an evolution, itís a big deal.
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    In Praise of the Windows 8 Desktop | Windows 8 content from Windows IT Pro

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    I would like to put a stopwatch on his 6 second boots. I bet they are closer to 10.

    Maybe he means after post, and includes just the time to load Windows 8. I always measure from power button press.
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    Paul Thurrot is a Microsoft lover
    Indeed he is.

    He is entitled to post his opinions nevertheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Paul Thurrot is a Microsoft lover
    Indeed he is.

    He is entitled to post his opinions nevertheless.
    If you think that, read some of his stories, you'd swear he was working for Apple a lot of the time, he doesn't hold back if he doesn't like something to do with Microsoft.
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    Is that the same Paul "my contacts at MS " , "the desktop must die " Thurrott.

    The guy who sells books about windows - in particular the latest version.

    Or is it someone else of the same name.

    He is very pro MS. He did have a few moments of doubt over 8, which I suppose makes him slightly less blatant than Ed Bott.

    The difficulty you have in grasping it maybe because almost nobody is at your level of outright blind love - therefore in compariosn to you they don't seem very pro ms. Even the slightest hint of mild criticism or doubt seems to you practically a sacrilege.

    I am not knocking them for that. They are entitled to have blogs and other related ways they make a living - which have a particular editorial stance.

    It is normal. e.g The Telegraph is a Tory newspaper. Nothing wrong with that per se.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    This story needs to be read in full, it's an honest appraisal of Windows 8.

    Just in case people think Paul Thurrot is a Microsoft lover, he's not, he bashes Microsoft more than Tim Cook does.

    .But the desktop. Oh, how the desktop has improved.

    Gone is the now-antiquated Aero look and feel, its needlessly translucent glass effects replaced by the more pleasing, modern-looking, and, yes, opaque Explorer windows in Windows 8. Microsoft removed Aero because of battery life concerns, which I’m OK with. But I just think it looks better.


    Windows Explorer has been upgraded substantially with a new ribbon-based UI that power users will immediately start grousing about. Relax, it’s a win-win: Now, the less sophisticated users you support can actually find what they’re looking for. And you can hide the ribbon, creating the cleanest looking version of Explorer you’ve ever used. And you can mount ISO and VHD images directly into the file system and access them just like normal discs and disks, respectively.


    Anyone dogged by slow and unreliable file copies in previous Windows versions, especially over a network, will love that file copy/move has been completely overhauled. It not only looks better with a nice new single-window UI, but it moves like greased lightning, as if Microsoft finally discovered multi-threaded programming for the first time. This isn’t an evolution, it’s a big deal.
    Read at the source.
    In Praise of the Windows 8 Desktop | Windows 8 content from Windows IT Pro
    good post bill and a decent read thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Is that the same Paul "my contacts at MS " , "the desktop must die " Thurrott.

    The guy who sells books about windows - in particular the latest version.

    Or is it someone else of the same name.

    He is very pro MS. He did have a few moments of doubt over 8, which I suppose makes him slightly less blatant than Ed Bott.

    The difficulty you have in grasping it maybe because almost nobody is at your level of outright blind love - therefore in compariosn to you they don't seem very pro ms. Even the slightest hint of mild criticism or doubt seems to you practically a sacrilege.
    What I'm saying is that even though its a Windows site, he'll let loose if he finds something he doesn't like, he doesn't sit there gushing over everything. Some of his criticisms of Microsoft, Windows Phone and Windows 8 have been quite volatile, even a bit over the top. He's even been chastised by Microsoft for some of the things he's said.

    I think the best way to handle this story might be for people to read it and point out where he's wrong. Forget everything else and pull this story apart, then well know the real truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I would like to put a stopwatch on his 6 second boots. I bet they are closer to 10.

    Maybe he means after post, and includes just the time to load Windows 8. I always measure from power button press.
    It's still pretty quick though, I couldn't be bothered counting. But I find everything in Windows 8 faster than Windows 7, like Jimbo says Windows 7 runs like treacle in comparison.
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    I am not criticisng you for posting it up.

    I am correcting an inaccurate statement.

    To go back to the Telegraph example - they don't gush over everything the Tories do, they sometimes criticise. They are nonetheless THE Tory Paper. They wouldn't get elected without the Telegraph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I am not criticisng you for posting it up.

    I am correcting an inaccurate statement.

    To go back to the Telegraph example - they don't gush over everything the Tories do, they sometimes criticise. They are nonetheless THE Tory Paper. They wouldn't get elected without the Telegraph.
    Okay, I'll agree but he does get pretty volatile in his criticisms.

    Anyway getting back to his appraisal of Windows 8, I'd like to see people just point out where he's wrong, maybe then we can get a better understanding of what's wrong with Windows 8. Most of the things he says I agree with and have pointed out many times on this forum, so lets here from the other side to get a more balanced view, but only on the things he's written, nothing else.
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