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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Comment by jigzat
by jigzat on Thu 4th Oct 2012 00:50 UTC
jigzat
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2008-10-30

I have been using Windows 8 for some time and I have to say that it ain't that bad is just different. When the firs GUI's came up a lot of people complained pointing that the console was better and faster but it was a roadblock for most people, current GUI's have become bloated full of unnecessary options and features that are nice but barely used. Microsoft is trying hard and it is not a bad job and I'm a Mac OS X user by the way.

Most people claim that "Metro" is designed with tablets in mind and that is only half true, the issue with W8 is the input method, a tiny cursor is incompatible and Metro could scale well to desktop with the addition of a different input method similar to Apple's Magic Trackpad and changing the accurate visual hint of the cursor with something less precise like a big highlight or a shadow that pops the current selected element, and also get rid of all the hidden panels, I seriously couldn't turn off the computer the first time, I had to Google it.

Edited 2012-10-04 00:56 UTC

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RE: Comment by jigzat
by WorknMan on Thu 4th Oct 2012 01:38 in reply to "Comment by jigzat"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

current GUI's have become bloated full of unnecessary options and features that are nice but barely used.


Translation: Power users don't matter anymore, so let's cater to the masses by dumbing down the interface.

God forbid we actually come up with a solution that pleases everyone.

I'm a Mac OS X user by the way.


LOL, if you like Metro, that explains a lot.

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RE[2]: Comment by jigzat
by jigzat on Thu 4th Oct 2012 17:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by jigzat"
jigzat Member since:
2008-10-30

"current GUI's have become bloated full of unnecessary options and features that are nice but barely used.


Translation: Power users don't matter anymore, so let's cater to the masses by dumbing down the interface.

God forbid we actually come up with a solution that pleases everyone.
"

Metro has a clear target that accounts for 91.7653% percent of power users (I'm kidding about the precise percentage) and the money is in their pockets.

"I'm a Mac OS X user by the way.


LOL, if you like Metro, that explains a lot.
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I'm also a software developer and that makes me a power user. The thing is that the Desktop will still be around as I said with the console, it is just another layer, but in my case I found myself using my "Desktop" mostly for work and for other stuff like email web surfing twitting I use my iPhone . The Desktop will not disappear, Microsoft will make it less and less attractive and it will lay down next to the console and the only one who will use it is us the new dinosaurs, as I said all the complains about Metro sound like my old teachers that loved the console and consider themselves power users.

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RE[2]: Comment by jigzat
by Lorin on Thu 4th Oct 2012 23:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by jigzat"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

What Microsoft hasn't considered is the influence Power Users have in the companies they work for, many control whether a company will upgrade or not.

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RE: Comment by jigzat
by Drumhellar on Thu 4th Oct 2012 03:06 in reply to "Comment by jigzat"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

"Bloat" == "Features I don't use."

But seriously, what features are you talking about? I tend to use new features, and only the bad ones I ignore.

Hell, I even used Active Desktop for a while.

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RE[2]: Comment by jigzat
by jigzat on Sat 6th Oct 2012 01:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by jigzat"
jigzat Member since:
2008-10-30

Actually I was thinking about active Desktop ;) . Still I'm not saying those features are useless is just that the majority of people doesn't need them.

And I have to take the majority side this time because I realize a few years ago how a douchebag's can geeks like us be, we criticize everyone who cannot use a computer and call them retards (just to point a phrase a few post back) but I think we are the retards, is like if medics criticize the rest of us because we cannot do a surgery or prescript the right drugs. We are computer literate because that is what we do, our lives and careers circle around it, but not the rest of the people.

Edited 2012-10-06 01:55 UTC

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