Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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DREVILl30564
Member since:
2008-04-18

There isn't much point in complaining about any of the shortcomings of Metro. It isn't like Microsoft is going to listen to what we the Consumers have to say. If they were going to listen to us they would have added the ability to switch from metro to a "Classic" desktop environment with a start menu.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

People talk about the Apple RDF. Well, the microsoft one is even worse.
The 'la-la-la-la I can't hear you' attitude of microsoft speak volumes about how much they care about the hundresds of millions of users (say 10%) who will/are mightly peed off about the introduction of Aero.

I know that my employer is already thinking long and hard about not using windows any longer once Server 2008 stops being sold. This means no more server licenses. No more SQLServer Licenses, RHEL & Oracle here we come.

On the desktop front, we have just finished rolling out Windows 7. Many of us virtualize the corporate build and install Linux in its place already.
Notes and LibreOffice are making the need to use windows less and less.

Even some of my friends who work for MS are dispairing at the thought of Metro. They are already hearing dissent from their customers. This is a step too far by far.

If they were to make Windows 8 have both classic and Metro then I am sure that over time it would gain acceptance.
Even those masters of the RDF, Apple didn't force OSX onto their users. The kept MacOS-9 going for sometime after the introduction of OSX. will MS learn a lesson here?

Sadly I doubt it.

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RE: Exactly
by zima on Mon 4th Jun 2012 12:22 in reply to "Exactly"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Notes and LibreOffice are making the need to use windows less and less.

Lotus Notes? You poor, poor thing... ;)

Even those masters of the RDF, Apple didn't force OSX onto their users. The kept MacOS-9 going for sometime after the introduction of OSX. will MS learn a lesson here?

How are the downgrade rights that MS gives worse, and what MS needs to additionally learn? (plus, with MS those are good operating systems, at least on a technical level - Apple kept not-very-good OS9 available because OSX itself was a pig for at least the first two releases, and large part of essential Mac software ran only on OS9 - well, or in Classic under OSX, making it even more of a pig / overhead)
And with largish employer / company, it's not about individual licenses but more or less subscription to any MS OS you want, anyway.


WRT RDF - come on, we're talking about a movement which refused to pirate OS8, bought en masse a substandard product to ~"help save Apple" ( http://www.forbes.com/1997/08/08/column.html ) ...hard to beat that one.

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RE: Exactly
by MollyC on Mon 4th Jun 2012 21:47 in reply to "Exactly"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

ACtually, there've been a number of changes from the DP to the CP and to the RP, in response to users' feedback. The inclusing of Flash in Metro IE10, for example.

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