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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RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo
by bassbeast on Tue 5th Jun 2012 04:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by gmlongo"
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Uhhh...murder? Seriously? You DO know that MSFT themselves is supporting Win 7 until 2020, yes? I don't see how you can equate not jumping on MSFT's "Ohh me too!" Apple loving bandwagon as taking someone's life.

Oh and believe me I know that, I keep Win 8 in a VM simply because as a small shop owner I'll have to deal with it too, although I have a feeling it'll be like Vista and most of my "dealing with it" will be nuking it for customers and putting 7 back on. I swear if they make us call for downgrade rights again I'm gonna charge an extra 20% or hand it to the customer and let THEM deal with it, because i'm soooo tired of hearing 30 minutes of sales pitches before they'll give me the stupid key!

Finally why do you think I'll be surprised? Did WinPhone suddenly get more than its last reported 5% of the market? did their appstore become more than a hollow shell of iOS and Google Markets?

The thing MSFT seems to be not capable of understanding is NOBODY uses MSFT windows because they just adore MSFT as a brand, they use it for third party apps period. So its already got one strike against it as it'll never ever run those millions of X86 programs already written in winRT, strike two is that it has no real selling point against iOS and Android, as Android is cheaper (can't beat free) and iOS not only has the money (more money made per app by a long shot) but they also have the hipness factor. Strike three is that Win 8 is simply unintuitive and undiscoverable without a LOT of trial and error.

In the end just answer me this TWO questions Werecat, does Windows 8 make you feel more productive or less than Win 7? does your workflow feel smoother now, or more clunky? Because I've allowed everyone from kids to little old ladies play with win 8 CP in my shop and i have yet to find anyone that says they feel more productive or that they are better able to get what they want done on Win 8. I don't know if it'll parse or not but the following video is pretty much the reaction I've seen from my own customers with regards to Win 8, although they tended to get frustrated more than this woman..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxmIsv88xO4&feature=related

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RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by nt_jerkface on Wed 6th Jun 2012 02:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
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2009-08-26

In the end just answer me this TWO questions Werecat, does Windows 8 make you feel more productive or less than Win 7? does your workflow feel smoother now, or more clunky? Because I've allowed everyone from kids to little old ladies play with win 8 CP in my shop


Hairyfeet (a longtime Slashdot poster who runs a computer shop) has said the same thing. The users just aren't liking it. There are plenty of youtube videos that show the same thing.

How much more evidence is needed?

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by bassbeast on Thu 7th Jun 2012 03:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
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2007-11-11

Uhhh...that's me..hi! My old Bassbeast handle was taken on /. so I was reading LOTR at the time and since i had that lovely feeling where every. single. UID. you choose gives you that stupid "Taken" over and over AND OVER I stuck that in as a goof and voila!

But that's the nice thing about running a little computer shop, I meet folks from all walks of life, grandmas and grandkids, nerds that are into model airplanes (had a great discussion with one the other day over the Pi) to fellow business owners and so far NONE have liked it, the closest i got to an "endorsement" was this nice old lady who said "Well that's a nice looking cell phone picture, is that Android? i heard that's quite nice...what do you mean Windows? Windows what? Why that's just stupid, why would I want a cell phone on my computer?"

Ya know, I HONESTLY thought the teens would like it, those like my oldest that live on smart phones? but he said the same thing the other teens did "I already HAVE a smart phone, and Windows 7 is easier to work". If MSFT is courting the young this is the wrong way to go about it, as kids have grown up with the start button desktop and know it like the back of their hands. My oldest didn't switch to Win 7 until last fall but it didn't take him 30 minutes to be up to speed,whereas with Win 8 after 20 minutes of random pecking he just got frustrated and walked away. its just not discoverable or intuitive.

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