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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RE[2]: No-It's Awful
by thavith_osn on Sun 17th Jun 2012 01:59 UTC in reply to "RE: No-It's Awful"
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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[3]: No-It's Awful
by zima on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 23:41 in reply to "RE[2]: No-It's Awful"
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Having said that, Apple was still pushing OS 9 (until 10.1)

"Reluctantly offering it for lack of better option" is probably closer to what was happening... (OS9 itself having quite a number of issues)

Oh, and "no floppy drives - use internet" led, I believe, to a large spike in the sales of external drives. :p

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)

But at least as often not really, maybe even also a bit the other way around ...Office, browser, Xbox, AD/Sharepoint stuff, mobile OS.

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