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Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster

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    Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster


    Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster


    By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    June 7, 2012, 8:59am PDT

    Summary: The biggest problem with Windows 8 is that it wasnít born out of a need or demand. Its design failures, particularly with ĎMetro UIí will likely be its downfall. Hereís why.

    A week ago, Microsoft delivered the Windows 8 Release Preview, the final pre-release of the platform before the forthcoming operating system hits the release-to-manufacturing stage. OEMs get their hands on the final code at this stage, followed by Windows 8ís general availability where itís available to us all.



    Iíve been following Windows 8 closely over the past few months, spending a lot of time not only with the official releases but also with a number of leaked builds, and Iíve had the chance to install the operating system on a variety of hardware platforms, both old and new. However, since my primary working platform is a desktop system, this is where Iíve had the chance to spend the most time with Microsoftís new operating system.

    Iím now ready to sum up my Windows 8 experience with a single word: awful.
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    The Developer Preview failed to install here on any VM. Likewise the RP refused to go on a VM as well while the CP went on two different releases of VM Player without a hitch except no internet connection on one VM Player release(Dec. 2011) but would connect on the later(Feb. 2012). Besides those two issues that last line would seem to sum things up on how many feel about where MS is going!

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    It's better than Windows 7 in every possible way.
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    In every way??? I think you will find that most will tend to disagree with that point of view. But there are always up and down opinions with any new version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    In every way??? I think you will find that most will tend to disagree with that point of view. But there are always up and down opinions with any new version.
    Microsoft said Windows 8 has over a 1,000 improvements over windows 7 so naturally it is a better operating system. I'm guessing you hate it because of the user interface? well theres ways to get the start menu back so that's not an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChotaDon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    In every way??? I think you will find that most will tend to disagree with that point of view. But there are always up and down opinions with any new version.
    Microsoft said Windows 8 has over a 1,000 improvements over windows 7 so naturally it is a better operating system. I'm guessing you hate it because of the user interface? well theres ways to get the start menu back so that's not an issue.
    SP3 for XP saw over 1,000 fixes for the 11yr. old version! Does that mean I should run XP? No!

    As far as the Metro I have something even better and free to work on presently. Classic Shell. That includes a normal shutdown button while a bit smaller in size.

    Rather then following up on the success 7 enjoys by continuring to follow in that line to make improvements MS decided to take a detour on other things besides the Metro. Read some of the other articles on how 8 will be stripped down despite whatever improvements are seen as far as stability, security, performance, system recovery, self maintainence, etc.
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    It's not looking good for MS.

    Why they didn't see that earlier is the question.
    Last edited by SIW2; 08 Jun 2012 at 20:48.
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    Apparently they were too busy focusing on the mobile look and completely forgot about the desktop user. Or you could assume Tablet is what MS now considers the desktop pc. "gee it sits on a desktop." But isn't like any desktop OS! is the way most are seeing it.

    In all these years Tablet PC always had a completely separate version of Windows for each major release. Now they expect everyone to want Tablet OS on their desktop? The questions are plenty! SIW But the answers are few.

    If they were seeing a standard desktop type release along with the new mobile Metro gui far more would be looking to see what else 8 was going to offer. Better notify the ER 8 will be arriving even earlier then anticipated! Only those running touch screen and a few diehards will actually be taking any serious look at replacing Vista or 7 with it.
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    I wouldn't call it a design disaster but it is a bit clunky. It is two OS's in one and they act totally independent from each other. Finding programs can be a nightmare through the metro interface, they need to make it easier to navigate your way to a chosen .exe.
    Metro aside it is a very good OS although it does seem like a service packed windows 7. I really hope they add a disable metro option in the RTM and I will use it for sure.
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    I am certain they had no intention whatsoever of allowing a disable metro option.

    In view of the dismal reception win8 has received so far, it is possible they may have changed their minds.
    Last edited by SIW2; 08 Jun 2012 at 20:49.
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    The one option that would make far more sense would be seeing two different types of setup when going to install the retail product. Standard or Metro! For those not running with any touchscreen displays as far as desktops, laptops, netbooks a standard desktop option that included the Aero style Start menu, shutdown button would be what you would see once the installation was finished.

    For new models of laptop, Tablets with touchscreen the OEMs would have to use the Metro once they provide the touchscreen displays and the higher prices to go along with it!
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