Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 12:24 UTC
Windows "Microsoft has been furiously ripping out legacy code in Windows 8 that would have enabled third parties to bring back the Start button, Start Menu, and other software bits that could have made this new OS look and work like its predecessor. In fact, I've seen that several well-known UI hacks that worked fine with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are no longer functional in the coming Release Preview. And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment. That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well." When you buy a new machine later this year, you will use Metro, an environment wholly inferior, incomplete, and not at all ready to replace the traditional desktop in any way, shape, or form. Whether you like it or not.
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The Most Onerous Thing
by hoak on Fri 1st Jun 2012 06:34 UTC
hoak
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2007-12-17

I feel the most onerous limitation of Windows 8 and it's server iteration Windows Server 2012 will be the single view, single task limitations Metro confers on the GUI.

This has only been obliquely discussed and casually mentioned, but for many Enterprise and Production applications of both operating systems this won't be just a 'deal breaker' but could literally escalate to 'life and death'...

I won't belabor all the roles an OS can be deployed that are mission critical in industry, government, and public service, where the system Operator must be able to concurrently keep an eye on tasks in real time that can not be interrupted by other tasks.

Many features of the Metro UI force the User to use single task parts of Metro interrupting and obfuscating other work that's being monitored and performed completely -- this is not acceptable OS design that can even be tolerated in these roles.

Similarly in production environments where interruptions can cost millions a minute (or more) this sort of thing just won't work. Paul Thurrott may be correct in his May 29 essay in that Microsoft may have literally 'Give'n Up' on Windows 8 for businesses -- and any serious use of the OS over and above passive consumption...

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