Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Sep 2012 20:16 UTC, submitted by Bob Stein
Windows ActiveWin.com has just posted their 45-page, 40-screenshot review of Microsoft Windows 8. The review covers many different aspects of the OS including performance, security, application compatibility, and more. "Is Windows 8 a hit or miss? It's a hit, it is clearly Microsoft's most bold development in years, it probably beats out the transition from Program Manager (Windows 3X) to Windows 95, the move from Windows 9x to the NT Kernel. The Windows 8 platform represents so many things: truly touch centric, support for modern processor architectures, fast and fluid as Microsoft puts it and also represents where the majority of the world is heading when it comes to computing, entirely mobile."
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No thanks...
by cmost on Wed 26th Sep 2012 21:23 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Of course I shouldn't even be commenting as I switched to Linux for all my own computers when Windows XP debuted with activation. But, as an IT consultant I do have to support others who might use this ugly, cumbersome OS. I have to agree with the conclusions of the article in that all of the touch-centric features should be optional on traditional form factors. While I can appreciate that much of the new functionality will go over well on devices such as 'Surface' and other tablets, on traditional laptops and desktops I think most people are going to very quickly find themselves lost. Especially people who have been working with Windows since '95 and who are accustomed to a 'Desktop' paradigm. Also, is it just me or does the new flat, 2D looking default theme seem...cheap? At least Aero looked slick as hell! Sorry Microsoft, I give this a two thumbs down!

Edited 2012-09-26 21:25 UTC

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RE: No thanks...
by Morgan on Wed 26th Sep 2012 22:38 in reply to "No thanks..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Also, is it just me or does the new flat, 2D looking default theme seem...cheap?


I love it on my phone, but you're right: Something about it on a PC screen just seems off. I really wish Windows 8 Metro on PCs was half as good as it is on WP7 devices. I think I'll be sticking with GNU/Linux and Windows 7 on my main PC for a while.

On the other hand, based on my experience with Android on a touch screen tablet/laptop device (Asus EeePad Transformer) I would love to try out Win8 in that arena. I know Microsoft will never release a build of Win8 for my Transformer, but if I ever have the opportunity to get one of the new Samsung hybrids I'll jump on it.

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RE: No thanks...
by kaiwai on Thu 27th Sep 2012 03:03 in reply to "No thanks..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Of course I shouldn't even be commenting as I switched to Linux for all my own computers when Windows XP debuted with activation. But, as an IT consultant I do have to support others who might use this ugly, cumbersome OS. I have to agree with the conclusions of the article in that all of the touch-centric features should be optional on traditional form factors. While I can appreciate that much of the new functionality will go over well on devices such as 'Surface' and other tablets, on traditional laptops and desktops I think most people are going to very quickly find themselves lost. Especially people who have been working with Windows since '95 and who are accustomed to a 'Desktop' paradigm.


I've moved away from my iMac and MacBook thus now own a Lenovo ThinkCentre and ThinkPad X1 Carbon; I've given the enterprise 90day trial a go and quite frankly apart from a few changes here and there I don't think there will be a backlash. As for enterprise adoption, it is always going to be a slow path because of the number of factors that need taking into account. Windows 8 marks a more focused direction when compared to the past where it appeared that Microsoft would create something then try to gel it together afterwards with other products rather than designing everything to work together from the ground up. Is Metro going to replace the desktop? doubtful, it'll become one in an arsenal of API's that developers can choose from so long term those of us who are traditional desktop users have nothing fear other than the usual tweaks that come with each release.

Also, is it just me or does the new flat, 2D looking default theme seem...cheap? At least Aero looked slick as hell! Sorry Microsoft, I give this a two thumbs down!


No, it is just you - 'transparency' is as about as slick as tail fins on cars, 'streamlining' appliances for the home 'orbit rings' ala 'The Jetsons'. At least for me transparency is tacky and the kind of thing one would associate with a design and tone deaf person attempting to be 'modern' and 'up to date'. It is about as unwanted on my desktop as the idea of having faux leather on my calender application.

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RE: No thanks...
by lucas_maximus on Thu 27th Sep 2012 17:40 in reply to "No thanks..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Of course I shouldn't even be commenting as I switched to Linux for all my own computers when Windows XP debuted with activation.


Yes because Activation is such a terrible thing.</sarcasm>

Anyway everyone was pirating Windows at the time, f--king everyone. Blame all the pirates for things like DRM and Activation and what not.

Edited 2012-09-27 17:40 UTC

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RE[2]: No thanks...
by Fergy on Fri 28th Sep 2012 21:47 in reply to "RE: No thanks..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Yes because Activation is such a terrible thing.

Anyway everyone was pirating Windows at the time, f--king everyone. Blame all the pirates for things like DRM and Activation and what not.

Activation is for paying customers. Pirates use the easy version that installs itself without any hassle.

Edited 2012-09-28 21:48 UTC

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