Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows Paul Allen, one of Microsoft's co-founders who left the company long ago, has posted on his blog about his experiences with Windows 8. He (surprise) likes it, but he does note a number of shortcomings and oddities - all of which are spot-on. However, he fails to address the core issue with Windows 8: it's forcing users to drill a small hole in the wall with a belt sander.
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No, Thom...
by ronaldst on Thu 4th Oct 2012 00:01 UTC
ronaldst
Member since:
2005-06-29

You're not resistant to change. The apps aren't here yet. There are no Metro apps. No incentive. Most of the apps that comes with RTM are buggy and have not even reached parity with Mango apps. The Windows Store is empty. Microsoft Mahjong, while good, isn't enough.

Once the Facebook, the Twitter and everything else comes along, people will warm up to the Modern UI. Once the feel part of the touch experience happens, the tablet debate will be over like it happened with the Mouse.

For me, Metro is the most innovative (and I hate that prostituted word) UI advancement to happen in the last 20 years. Not cheap novelties like the Genie affect on Aqua or Live Wallpapers.

I'd judge the situation at the end of the month instead of going all out this early. Worry after. Not now. This makes no sense to worry right now. The plumbing is fantastic. The product is rock solid.

As for me, I use Windows 8 everyday. And I ain't going back to slow Windows 7.

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RE: No, Thom...
by Dave_K on Thu 4th Oct 2012 13:54 in reply to "No, Thom..."
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Once the Facebook, the Twitter and everything else comes along, people will warm up to the Modern UI.


I think you're right when it comes to tablet users and people who just use their computers for things like Facebook and Twitter. But I can't see desktop "power users" ever warming to a UI that's as restrictive as Metro/Modern.

It isn't just a matter of having apps that are well designed to run on it. Modern UI is fundamentally crippled by its need to run on a small screen touch tablet. It'll never work well on a large screen desktop controlled by keyboard and mouse.

I'd judge the situation at the end of the month instead of going all out this early. Worry after. Not now. This makes no sense to worry right now.


It's not like Windows 8 is an early alpha test that's going to change radically before release. The version of Windows 8 we're testing now is essentially the version that'll be shipping with new PCs a month from now.

For non-mobile users who consider Modern UI to be a utter garbage on a desktop PC, there's good reason to worry about the future of Windows.

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RE[2]: No, Thom...
by jackastor on Thu 4th Oct 2012 15:11 in reply to "RE: No, Thom..."
jackastor Member since:
2009-05-05

Perhaps they're expecting power users to purchase Windows Server from now on since they're so accustomed to having server functionality in linux/mac desktops.

Or does Windows Server get the Fisher Price treatment as well?

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RE: No, Thom...
by quackalist on Sat 6th Oct 2012 00:45 in reply to "No, Thom..."
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Can't stand the formally known as Metro dead weight but did wonder why most of the apps didn't actually function well...apparently Microsoft thought so too, so

Microsoft spruces up crap apps in early Win8 update

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/05/win8_builtin_app_updates/

Hopefully that will improve things for those using FNAM, though why they'd want to...

Pity really, as there's enough goodness in the latest Win 7 SP to warrant an upgrade at the 'cheapish' price.

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