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[5]: How to fix Windows 8
by Nelson on Wed 6th Jun 2012 03:15 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: How to fix Windows 8"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

I think it's because Windows 8 is a transitional release. The Desktop will eventually be phased out of existence, so keeping it around would be conducive to extending its shelf life.

Metro is the future, and it's understandable that a lot of people in tech circles dislike it. The Desktop is one of those sacred cows, and it took a lot of courage for Microsoft to be as bold as they are, considering they could've just done minor updates to Windows 7.

As it stands, it is quite feasible to keep Metro as out of your way as possible, and the times which you see it daily is not great. The amount of whining in these comments would have you think otherwise, but in general, the Windows 7 desktop is largely preserved.

Maybe Metro 1.0 isn't your cup of tea, or others here, but I'm confident with a few revisions and when the industry shift is in fuller swing, the doubters will come around.

Just as Vista had to piss people off to introduce a lot of key new architectural changes like WDDM, Windows 8 will piss people off to pave the way for future releases.

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RE[6]: How to fix Windows 8
by hoak on Wed 6th Jun 2012 08:40 in reply to "RE[5]: How to fix Windows 8"
hoak Member since:
2007-12-17

Nelson you continue to prattle like a technically illiterate paid PR Shill 'spokes hole' as if dislike of Metro was some universally irrational, religious experience, or Luddite perspective -- based on subjective personal preference like 'sacred cows' and 'tea'...

While that may be the case for some, there are many things Metro simply can not do as an OS interface/window manager that is a prerequisite for development, enterprise and production deployments of workstations and servers where real work must be performed. Simple established capabilities like being able to concurrently use more then one application without task switching so data may be monitored in real time in one application, and acted upon in another.

Your 'feelings' and 'beliefs' expounded on ad nauseam in countless zealous over-reaction across multiple threads has nothing to do with real form that follows function prerequisites for modern OS to even function in mission critical and production environments...

But then with your not having produced anything but market speak on Microsoft's behalf, I don't expect you understand...

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RE[7]: How to fix Windows 8
by Nelson on Wed 6th Jun 2012 10:16 in reply to "RE[6]: How to fix Windows 8"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I get it, Microsoft pissed in your cornflakes.

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RE[6]: How to fix Windows 8
by Dave_K on Wed 6th Jun 2012 14:11 in reply to "RE[5]: How to fix Windows 8"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Maybe Metro 1.0 isn't your cup of tea, or others here, but I'm confident with a few revisions and when the industry shift is in fuller swing, the doubters will come around.


Can you seriously not see how fundamentally limited and restrictive Metro's design is?

I think you're right that Microsoft intend to phase out the desktop -- that's certainly what their actions indicate -- but that doesn't mean that they'll significantly change Metro. To compare with the desktop for functionality it would need to be radically overhauled, not just tweaked.

You're acting as if it's just a matter of getting used to a different way of working, when really Metro massively reduces the GUI's flexibility. This isn't fear of change, it's an unwillingness to use something that makes many tasks much slower and less efficient.

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RE[7]: How to fix Windows 8
by Nelson on Wed 6th Jun 2012 17:59 in reply to "RE[6]: How to fix Windows 8"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Then don't use it. Obviously easier than arguing ad infinitum.

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