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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I dunno man...
by dgoemans on Thu 4th Oct 2012 19:52 UTC
dgoemans
Member since:
2008-08-23

I've been using Windows 8 since December, developing a game which is scheduled as a launch title, and i like it. For a power user, Metro is like a super fast start menu. I don't care much for metro apps, except maybe for games since those are fullscreen anyway, but the desktop is great for power users. Improved copy dialogs, improved explorer and much faster. I even went and installed RTM on my home laptop this weekend. I'll grant you this though, Thom, it's made some big progress from Developer Preview to RTM. Even Release Preview was pretty rough around the edges. I do agree with Paul in that the Puzzling points he has are probably my only issues with the OS.

Also it's kinda nice being able to play Wordfeud in Windows ;)

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RE: I dunno man...
by ze_jerkface on Fri 5th Oct 2012 15:57 in reply to "I dunno man..."
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

For a power user, Metro is like a super fast start menu.


What a load of crap, the start menu has been instant for years. Sorry but you can't get faster than instant.

The start screen in Windows 8 is an abomination, like a combination of adware and the shortcut organization skills of a 5 year old.

In Windows 7 I can read a document and then launch the start menu without being distracted. In Windows 8 you get a UI that takes over your workspace and screams DID YOU WANT TO LAUNCH ANY OF THESE GIANT ANIMATED ICONS??? .

It's so fucking awful, please stop trying to convince us that Microsoft's piss is lemonade. Windows 8 reduces productivity because productivity is not the goal. The goal is to compete with Apple instead of serving customers. Ballmer/Sinofsky will fail at this goal and infuriate their customer base. Get ready for the wrath of Fortune 500 companies when they see what Microsoft expects them to put up with.

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RE[2]: I dunno man...
by dgoemans on Sat 6th Oct 2012 08:47 in reply to "RE: I dunno man..."
dgoemans Member since:
2008-08-23

In Windows 7, when i hit the windows key and start typing, the app i'm looking for takes at least 5 seconds to replace the "Searching" text. In Windows 8 it's instant. And not just apps, Control Panel settings and files from my libraries. My quad core laptop with 6GB of RAM has no reason to take that long on Windows 7.

As for the argument of it being fullscreen, it doesn't bug me. I see this argument a lot and don't understand it. Never in my history of using Windows, Linux or Mac OS have i needed to focus on another app while trying to launch an app. Maybe it's just me.

Sure, it's not a perfect OS, and Paul Allen has some points, but given the speed of the entire OS and the improvements that i mentioned, i'm pretty pleased.

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RE[2]: I dunno man...
by marcus0263 on Sun 7th Oct 2012 14:48 in reply to "RE: I dunno man..."
marcus0263 Member since:
2007-06-02

"For a power user, Metro is like a super fast start menu.


What a load of crap, the start menu has been instant for years. Sorry but you can't get faster than instant.

The start screen in Windows 8 is an abomination, like a combination of adware and the shortcut organization skills of a 5 year old.

In Windows 7 I can read a document and then launch the start menu without being distracted. In Windows 8 you get a UI that takes over your workspace and screams DID YOU WANT TO LAUNCH ANY OF THESE GIANT ANIMATED ICONS??? .

It's so fucking awful, please stop trying to convince us that Microsoft's piss is lemonade. Windows 8 reduces productivity because productivity is not the goal. The goal is to compete with Apple instead of serving customers. Ballmer/Sinofsky will fail at this goal and infuriate their customer base. Get ready for the wrath of Fortune 500 companies when they see what Microsoft expects them to put up with.
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Personally I'm wondering why someone didn't/hasn't stood up to Ballmer and said -

It's called W-I-N-D-O-W-S

If I wanted/needed an OS on the desktop that monopolizes the entire desktop I'd still be running MS-DOS. Metro is fine on mobile devices with small "single" monitors but is useless on the Desktop. I've tried opening my mind to it but after using it for some weeks (and yes I've even tried 3rd party hacks for a traditional desktop) it's truly a piece of kludgy miss mashed shit. Most business's will reject it (MS's bread and butter) and other than the MS fanboy's home users will reject it also, this may be what gets Ballmer shit canned. This will replace "New Coke" as one of the biggest failure's ever.

You know as much as I dislike Apple at least they have the common sense separate the Desktop interface and the Mobile interface.

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