Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows Paul Allen, one of Microsoft's co-founders who left the company long ago, has posted on his blog about his experiences with Windows 8. He (surprise) likes it, but he does note a number of shortcomings and oddities - all of which are spot-on. However, he fails to address the core issue with Windows 8: it's forcing users to drill a small hole in the wall with a belt sander.
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RE: Musings about Metro
by ze_jerkface on Thu 4th Oct 2012 20:54 UTC in reply to "Musings about Metro"
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The thing about Metro is that it's rather pointless for power users/geeks to criticize it, because the fact of the matter is that it's simply not made for us, and thus we're not the ones who are going to decide its fate.

No it is not pointless because if power users and enterprise hate it then they will have a huge hole in their financials. Shareholders will look back and see that the critics were not only correct but also responsible in speaking out against such a horrible idea.

Of course, I can't imagine anybody liking Metro,

Now that sounds like a winning product.

Do you remember when the iPad came out? Geeks around the world turned their noses up at it. 'Oh, this isn't OSX... it's just a big iPod Touch. It'll never sell.'
No actually I predicted that anything with a screen and i in front of it will be a safe sell due to Apple legions.

Shows you how much we know, eh? So we'll just have to wait and see how well metro fares when the masses get a hold of it.

Why should I assume the public reaction will be any different than this?

The masses HATE learning a new interface and Windows 8 pisses all over what they know. Even worse is that Microsoft can't explain why they should bother because the real answer is that mouse and keyboard users are not the target. It's just some stupid plan to compete with the iPad and we'll have to let it fail before the world understands that Windows is being ran by a clueless Steve Jobs wannabe. Here is his debut video:

And stop bitching about it too - at least on sites like this.

I'll bitch all I goddamn want. Microsoft censors their development blogs over Windows 8 because there is so much hatred from MSDN holders like myself. Sinofsky would love it if all techies/power users stayed quiet. Hmmmmm Nah. Suggestion rejected.

As it is, 95% of Metro can be avoided on Windows 8 if you want.

No because you are assuming your workflow is like mine. I use the start menu to launch multiple instances of the same program on different servers with different parameters. With Windows 8 I get a giant flashy adware screen every time I hit the start menu button. Like Sinofsky you are assuming that everyone just uses 8-10 applications that can be pinned to the taskbar.

And if having Metro act as a start menu offends you that much, either get a start menu replacement, or just stick with Windows 7.

Yes I will stick with Windows 7 and I will be right about Windows 8. You will be wrong.

Edited 2012-10-04 20:58 UTC

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