Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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Same bad experience.
by reduz on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 23:19 UTC
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I got a Windows Phone 8 (Lumia) and a Vaio running Windows 8, because I wanted to develop for the platform.

I complained too much about Windows Phone 8 and Thom summarized my problems prety well.

But Windows 8 was also a bad experience so far. Usability was always worse than Windows 7, hardware support was hit and miss (Plenty of WiFi disconnection issues with the Realtek chipset), and 2 months after I got the computer, a regular windows update made the computer un-booteable and un-recoverable. I just couldnĀ“t get it to boot Windows 8 Again.

Frustrated, I installed Ubuntu on it, which worked absolutely flawlessly and kept using it for a few months until I learned you can download a Windows 8 ISO from the internet, and it will detect the serial in your bios automatically. (Sony will not give me the boot disks and Microsoft will not either).

That worked like magic and got Windows 8 working again and legally, after getting the system builder ISO torrent. Why does microsoft not provide the ISO for download??? wtf??? I go the drivers from Sony site and all set..

..until I upgraded to Windows 8.1. Upgrade went fine and the machine worked even better. But after the first updates that required reboot, the notebook refused to boot again, so back to Ubuntu.

Oh well, I tried..

Edited 2013-10-23 23:19 UTC

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