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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RE: I'm getting old
by grahamtriggs on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:25 UTC 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[3]: I'm getting old
by Ultimatebadass on Tue 17th Apr 2012 11:17 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm getting old"
Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

When you are working with a tablet/touchscreen the size of everything in Metro makes it easier because fingers are not a precision pointing device. I get that. The mouse however IS a precision pointing device and it makes working with Metro start screen and apps a huge waste of movement and time. That they are trying to force-feed everyone this in a desktop oriented OS is in fact ridiculous.

The complete removal of the old start panel was the last straw for me - i think i could somehow live with it if they left that alone so I could work with the desktop without switching to the tiles every few minutes.

With fullscreen apps/metro you are either writing an email or reading a document or watching a video or starting another application. Every time you choose to switch to another task you loose the sight of everything else. You can sort of do a 1-3 split of your screen but it is no way as quick and comfortable as just moving the window around with a mouse or opening another program from the start menu.

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RE[3]: I'm getting old
by Lorin on Wed 18th Apr 2012 00:54 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm getting old"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

No Engineering organization will touch Windows 8, most of our applications will run in multiple windows, sometimes as many as 6 need to be open at one time, Metro can't handle that.

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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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