Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Jun 2012 17:52 UTC
Windows Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pens a rant on Windows 8, calling it 'awful': "I'm now ready to sum up my Windows 8 experience with a single word: awful. I could have chosen a number of other words - terrible, horrible, painful and execrable all spring to mind - but it doesn't matter, the sentiment is the same." I've been using Windows 8 Release Preview on both my ZenBook and my regular desktop since its release, and here's my short review: "I like it." Issues a-plenty, but for what is essentially a 1.0 release - not bad. It's a hell of a lot better than other releases which were similar in scope (Mac OS X 10.0, KDE 4.0).
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No-It's Awful
by chrisale on Sat 16th Jun 2012 20:49 UTC
chrisale
Member since:
2010-02-01

I used MacOS X 10.0

Unlike Windows 8... MacOS X 10.0 actually functioned. It was bare bones, and lacked features, but there was nothing functionally wrong with it. It even had a functional Unix layer.

Windows 8 barely functions. In order to do anything with you have to actually fight with the interface... and when you finally get there, it's a dogs breakfast.

Hell. Rhapsody DR2 was lightyears better than Windows 8 RC

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RE: No-It's Awful
by BluenoseJake on Sat 16th Jun 2012 20:59 in reply to "No-It's Awful"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

OS X 1.0 was horrible. It was slow, it couldn't even play DVDs, it was crashy, Windows 8 is amazingly complete in comparison. If you really think that OS X 1.0 (a release) compares favorably to Windows 8 (a release candidate) Then I seriously doubt you have used either.

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RE[2]: No-It's Awful
by thavith_osn on Sun 17th Jun 2012 01:59 in reply to "RE: No-It's Awful"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

True. OS X 10.0 was slow. I had the beta before that as well, and both slowed my Bondi iMac from super fast on OS 9.x to "wtf"?? I remember going into our local Apple store and trying it on a Power Mac at the time, expecting it to fly, but found it just as slow on that. The sales guy tried to defend it - LOL.

Having said that, Apple was still pushing OS 9 (until 10.1), so wasn't suggesting people move en masse to it. Also, 10.0 wasn't a huge change as far as the UI was concerned, but was a big change as far as the look & feel was concerned (lets not go into the unix underbelly). The mouse and keyboard were still the primary ways of interaction, menus were still at the top, Apple-P (now cmd-P) still printed, you could still Hide apps, you could still pretty much use it the way you had in OS 9, and this was one of the design goals. (Sadly, Finder could have done with some much needed love, still can).

Win 8 on the other hand is a "brave" attempt by MS to create a new way of interacting with users, forcing "touch" onto us (Apple does the same with other tech - no floppy drives - use internet, no DVD - use streaming and so on). Yes, you can work Win 8 without touch, but it's not the same experience.

Personally, I don't like Win 8, but at least MS is trying something, doing something, not just seeing what Apple is doing and following (as has been their way from time to time). I think MS will get this right if they are brave enough to stick with it. If they can just have one desktop, then I'll be onboard at least. I think MS need to take at least one tech they have seriously. I got burned with Active X, I stayed away from .Net (as did MS for most of their apps), and now I am worried you can't build apps in Metro with the same functionality as Win32.

Apple is doing something similar with iOS as it's finding it's way into Lion and now Mountain Lion (which I love). MS went with the "throw the frog into boiling water", Apple is just turning up the heat slowly.

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RE: No-It's Awful
by No it isnt on Sat 16th Jun 2012 22:02 in reply to "No-It's Awful"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Wrong. OS X 10.0 ran like treacle on then modern hardware (and I bet it would on today's hardware as well), whereas Win8 is pretty damn fast on anything that can run Win7. Fighting the interface is always the Wrong Way to do something, so you should rather adapt than criticising something for not responding well to the wrong input. It's not like it's hard to use or anything.

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RE: No-It's Awful
by kragil on Sun 17th Jun 2012 06:57 in reply to "No-It's Awful"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

8 up votes? WTH, OSnews crowd does not know its history anymore. I hate Windows 8 with a passion, but compared too MacOSX 10.0 it is fast, stable, finished and functional.

10.0 was an utterly broken 0.1 in reality, way worse than KDE 4.0.

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RE[2]: No-It's Awful
by No it isnt on Sun 17th Jun 2012 08:43 in reply to "RE: No-It's Awful"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Apple fanboys and denial ...

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