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: Not again
by Dave_K on Sun 17th Jun 2012 12:47 UTC in reply to "Not again"
Dave_K
Member since:
2005-11-16

I sincerely hope that Microsoft breaks every single paradigm from the start menu to the desktop to the files and folders metaphor. We need something new and fresh.


Touch optimised phone/tablet interfaces with limited features aren't a particularly new and fresh idea. The iPhone was released over 5 years ago, and in all that time I don't think I've seen anyone clamouring to have its interface replace the GUI on their desktop PC.

We need systems that can handle the large amount of data that goes through our inboxes, rss feeds and phones.


How does a crippleware tablet GUI running space wasting full screen apps help people handle large amounts on data on their desktop PC?

A system that quickly lets us see the important things in a glance not having to dig through virtual filing cabinets, folders and documents.


What are you talking about? I don't need to dig through the file system to see my Twitter timeline, email inbox, online forums, RSS feeds, or any other things that I monitor regularly.

Existing apps can generally provide notifications, and if I want to see things at a glance on my Windows desktop then I can keep the windows open and arranged on screen.

In Metro I'm limited to one main app and another as a sidebar regardless of how much screen space I have to play with. On a tablet that's to be expected, on a desktop PC it's a huge step backward.

Of course the limitations of Metro are relatively minor when its just used to consume online information. It'd often be a productivity crippling disaster if it was used to replace the desktop for creative work.

Having multiple windows on screen is essential for my workflow, especially when working on DTP projects. I'm not "afraid of change" or "unable to grasp new concepts", I'm just able to see how much Metro would slow me down, and not content for my computer to be crippled.

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RE[2]: Not again
by MollyC on Sun 17th Jun 2012 20:56 in reply to "RE: Not again"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

IF multiple windows is essential for your workflow, then use the desktop. What's your problem? And don't whine to me about the Start Menu, as that has nothing to do with whether there are multiple windows or not. Windows 8 provides an environment for multiple windows. I tire of those who pretend that it does not.

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RE[3]: Not again
by Dave_K on Mon 18th Jun 2012 01:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Not again"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

IF multiple windows is essential for your workflow, then use the desktop. What's your problem?


I was responding to a comment praising Metro as the future of the Windows user interface, stating that it was more efficient at dealing with information, and calling on Microsoft to break the desktop paradigm.

I did actually quote from the post I was responding to, so I'm not sure how you missed that context.

Also, you're assuming that the desktop will always be around on Windows. There's some indication that Microsoft see it as a legacy component to eventually be replaced with Metro and its apps. Obviously that's a concern for those of us who use Windows and value the traditional desktop.

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