Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 22:49 UTC
Windows For weeks - if not months - I've been trying to come up with a way to succinctly and accurately explain why, exactly, Windows 8 rubs me the wrong way, usability-wise. I think I finally got it.
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RE: um
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 23:03 UTC in reply to "um"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

win key+D .

Oops, more than a day went by without a Windows 8 hit piece.


Woosh.

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RE[2]: um
by Nelson on Mon 14th May 2012 23:08 in reply to "RE: um"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Long story short, it'll never make you happy, and they don't have to

24inch triple monitor setups are a minority in the Windows ecosystem and trade offs were made.

Real world statistics indicate that Windows 8 is engineered for precisely the target audience and specs of the market it hopes to capture.

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RE[3]: um
by emarkp on Mon 14th May 2012 23:26 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
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2005-09-10

And I guess I can go to hell if I'm not in that target demo?

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RE[3]: um
by Beachchairs on Tue 15th May 2012 00:04 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
Beachchairs Member since:
2009-04-10

Long story short, it'll never make you happy, and they don't have to

24inch triple monitor setups are a minority in the Windows ecosystem and trade offs were made.

Real world statistics indicate that Windows 8 is engineered for precisely the target audience and specs of the market it hopes to capture.


With 3 (or even 2) monitors, the classic Windows desktop is always shown, so your shortcut is unneeded.

This would actually make Win8 less bothersome for super -power users.

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RE[3]: um
by shmerl on Tue 15th May 2012 00:43 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
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2010-06-08

> 24inch triple monitor setups are a minority

If the OS treats some (even a minority) users as second class (consider designers, IDE users and others who need lot's of screen estate) - off to garbage should go such OS.

Edited 2012-05-15 00:44 UTC

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RE[3]: um
by Doc Pain on Tue 15th May 2012 09:48 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
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2006-10-08

Real world statistics indicate that Windows 8 is engineered for precisely the target audience and specs of the market it hopes to capture.


So that "power user guy" in the video is not in the target audience...

http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/a-real-user-proves-windows-8...

Note that the music playing in Thom's head does not really fit the experience we can watch here. But you can play both videos simultaneously. :-)

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RE[3]: um
by nej_simon on Tue 15th May 2012 12:29 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

24inch triple monitor setups are a minority in the Windows ecosystem and trade offs were made.

Real world statistics indicate that Windows 8 is engineered for precisely the target audience and specs of the market it hopes to capture.


Touchscreens below 10", which is what metro is best fitted for, are a minority too. I understand that Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to break google's and apple's dominance in the tablet/smartphone market but by doing this they sacrifice the customers that just want a general purpose os to run on their desktop and laptop comupters.

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RE[2]: um
by Laurence on Tue 15th May 2012 09:33 in reply to "RE: um"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Thom, your article is slightly inaccurate as it deduces that the the traditional desktop shell is not an application when in fact it is (it's just explorer.exe).

In fact you used to be able to change what app to use as the shell quite easily in system.ini (change the value "shell").

[edit]

After a quick google it seems you can still replace explorer.exe as the shell even on Win7. The setting is now in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Edited 2012-05-15 09:38 UTC

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RE[3]: um
by henderson101 on Tue 15th May 2012 13:40 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

exactly what I'd already said - 'cept yours was the "concise" version.. ;)

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RE[3]: um
by contextfree on Wed 16th May 2012 12:29 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
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2009-06-01

Regardless, the new Start screen, charms, etc. can't be a replacement for explorer.exe because they are part of explorer.exe. They are not a new shell, but rather just a set of new features added to the existing shell.

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