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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RE: No, Thom...
by Dave_K on Thu 4th Oct 2012 13:54 UTC in reply to "No, Thom..."
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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..."
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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[3]: No, Thom...
by nej_simon on Thu 4th Oct 2012 16:23 in reply to "RE[2]: No, Thom..."
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Actually Windows Server 2012 will have the metro interface too, with touch gestures, hot corners, app store etc.

Microsoft must be the first company who tries to put a phone interface on a server OS.

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