Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 16:16 UTC
Windows Wednesday was the big day for Microsoft - the largest overhaul of its operating system since Windows 95 (heck, I'd argue the overhaul is far larger than Windows 95) went into consumer preview. I've been running it on my Asus ZenBook since its release, and in all honesty, it's not as arduous as I expected. I'm not planning on doing a full review, but I do want to mention a number of things - both positive and negative - that stood out to me.
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As is?
by hoak on Mon 5th Mar 2012 18:41 UTC
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While I enjoy Thom's positive, open and enthusiastic perspective (and value his writing in general highly), I don't share in his optimism about Windows 8.

While some argue that Metro may (eventually) offer a good tablet interface, even more point out that for getting real work done on a desktop PC that's just not a workable proposition and I'm afraid I have to agree... Metro is more input labor intensive for even the simplest tasks, and for common everyday things -- even using the most efficient approaches Metro offers will still have you doing anywhere from double, to twelve fold the amount of mouse clicking, scrolling, drilling, and interface manipulation; this is not in any way shape or form an 'improvement'.

What bothers me even more then the obtuse UI, is that Microsoft has taken 'reinventing the wheel' a layer deeper to re-rigging interfaces to basic Windows internals we use and need to deploy, configure, and work with the OS on a deeper level -- this sort of practice where no real operational change of system internals is being reflected, would be equivalent to car manufacturers deciding they're going to switch positions of the gas, break, and clutch -- a gravely onerous mistake.

On a more hopeful note (though I wouldn't say positive as prospects look bleak), if Metro on desktop systems was to incorporate some of the features of a TWM, it could be both powerful and actually the opposite of what we have now as TWMs are dramatically less User input intensive to work with then the CWM model Windows has rolled with for 24 years. Also Microsoft has said that the removal of the Start Menu from the "8' OS is not final -- so there may be a ray of hope...

But left 'as is', or in any form that resembles Metro being some sort of idiot metaphor and replacement for for the Start Menu on workstations of any stripe is a proposition I find both untenable and unacceptable; and I seem far from alone... Windows 8 would have to offer some as yet unrevealed 'killer capability' to evince even an attitude of tolerance from me for the new interface; an interface design that gives every appearance of being the 'combating committee' design nightmare, pundits like John Dvorak that have some insight to Microsoft's 'corporate culture' have described...


Edited 2012-03-05 18:43 UTC

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