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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by hoak on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:12 UTC
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As often as I agree with Thom, he has not addressed the most onerous limitation of Metro, which is the single task, single application view Metro confers on the entire OS, even when using the legacy Desktop..

This has only been obliquely discussed and casually mentioned, but for many Enterprise and Production applications this won't be just a 'deal breaker' but could literally escalate to 'life and death' -- and for any User that 'uses' the OS for more then consumption, it's a huge waste of time and effort in UI manipulation to do work that requires more then on application.

The number roles the OS could potentially be deployed in that are mission critical in industry, government, and public service is enormous, but in many of these deployments Operators and Users must be able to concurrently keep an eye on multiple tasks and applications in real-time without interruption.

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 removing multi-tasking from the OS as far as User input and observation are concerned -- 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 fly. 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...

Edited 2012-06-04 07:15 UTC

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by l3v1 on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:22 in reply to "Unaddressed"
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and any serious use of the OS over and above passive consumption

While that seems to be the case at this point, I doubt thay'd want to do that, that would be suicide. The consumer-only user base is pretty large, that's true, but surviving only on them - without the enterprise market and the associated developer base - doesn't sound very realistic. If they'd drop everything and go fully for a consumer-centric OS, that could be the largest win imaginable for iOS and Android (and for Ubuntu on the desktop as well).

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by Nelson on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:46 in reply to "RE: Unaddressed"
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Just like Vista was going to herald the beginning of the end of Microsoft..dream on.

If Microsoft can break their dependency on slow moving businesses, then that's a proposition which would likely look very attractive to them. The key isn't to see where things are now, but where things are going.

Mobile growth is exploding, the form factors people use are changing, and the use cases around the devices are changing.

Microsoft makes 30% off of any paid app in the app store, that's up from 0% currently under Windows 7. The money is obviously in their consumer market.

Doesn't open up any opportunity for Linux particularly, because they have their own shit they need to get together, plus there's always Windows 7.

At least until Windows 9 comes, Microsoft has more breathing room, and is able to refine what is Windows 8 to fit businesses a little more naturally. By then I speculate that WinRT will be mature enough to fully replace Win32.

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