Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 07:41 UTC
Windows While I was fast asleep, Microsoft unveiled the SKUs for Windows 8 - and we're in for a surprise. Yes, after years and years of fully deserved mockery for releasing 343 versions of each Windows release, the company has seen the light and reduced everything to just four - of which only two, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, will be freely available in stores.
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I'm getting old
by Ultimatebadass on Tue 17th Apr 2012 09:29 UTC
Ultimatebadass
Member since:
2006-01-08

This is probably the first windows release since I started using a PC that I will not upgrade to, at least not until they give me back my destkop in SP1 or something. And this is coming from a guy who LIKED vista when it came out...

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RE: I'm getting old
by Chrispynutt on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:00 in reply to "I'm getting old"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

I agree. Remember the high return rate on Linux Netbooks and the downgrading of Vista to XP. We ain't seen nothing yet.

Anyway I have till 2020 with Windows 7 to work out a new path.

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RE: I'm getting old
by grahamtriggs on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:25 in reply to "I'm getting old"
grahamtriggs Member since:
2009-05-27

I'm in much the same boat. I also quite liked Vista.

For all that has been said about Vista, imho, it's biggest problem was that the third party applications were not ready for it. Too many expected to run as an administrator, and having more access to the system that they really needed.

This was never a good thing, and it's just as well that Vista did sort it out. And it took an OS to come out and start to address the issues. Windows 7 would not have been well appreciated if Vista had not come before it to get the software makers to play ball.

Trouble with Windows 8, no-one is going to play ball and make systems that are 'optimized' for Metro. It is, frankly, a ridiculous way to interact with desktops. I don't want to reach across my desk to swipe the monitor, then return to a physical keyboard to type. Nor do I want to dance around like a lunatic in front of a Kinect camera.

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RE[2]: I'm getting old
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:41 in reply to "RE: I'm getting old"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

how is it ridiculous?

It is a start screen rather than a start menu. If you are still desktop focused, then you will interact with Metro apps just like you interact with desktop apps, but they will be full screen only.

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RE[2]: I'm getting old
by lucas_maximus on Tue 17th Apr 2012 11:15 in reply to "RE: I'm getting old"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I can use Windows 8 fine with a mouse and keyboard.

I prefer the start screen because I don't have to concentrate on a tiny portion of the screen to choose a program I don't regularly use (everything else is now on the task bar thanks to the new 7 taskbar).

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RE: I'm getting old
by BluenoseJake on Tue 17th Apr 2012 15:27 in reply to "I'm getting old"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

You know the desktop is still there, right? and that it works pretty much the same as in Windows 7, except for the missing start menu. If you don't, please do some research, maybe try out the Consumer Preview.

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RE[2]: I'm getting old
by Ultimatebadass on Tue 17th Apr 2012 18:08 in reply to "RE: I'm getting old"
Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

Yeah, I know.

I tried both previews and that "except for the missing start menu" thing is a huge dealbreaker for me. They could've left some kind of setting to turn it on or off but they removed the thing completely which suggests they are treating the "legacy" desktop as a 2nd class citizen.

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RE[2]: I'm getting old
by WereCatf on Wed 18th Apr 2012 09:46 in reply to "RE: I'm getting old"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

You know the desktop is still there, right? and that it works pretty much the same as in Windows 7, except for the missing start menu. If you don't, please do some research, maybe try out the Consumer Preview.


The issue as I see it is that eventually more and more applications will be ported over to the Metro-interface and will scrap the regular desktop-interface. Similarly, I fully expect some companies to be stupid enough to sport a desktop-interface for legacy Windows and force Metro-interface on when being run on Windows 8. The more of the applications you need to run use Metro-interface the more jarring the constant switching between Metro and no-Metro will become, severely reducing producitivity.

As for me, personally, I *could* use Windows 8 as it isn't missing any actual feature I need. But I don't want to use it I squarely use desktop-style applications, I have absolutely no use whatsoever for the new Start-menu, and I really hate the idea of everything being fullscreen on a 24" display.

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