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[5]: Musings about Metro
by Alfman on Sat 6th Oct 2012 05:09 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Musings about Metro"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

jeffb,

"Microsoft sells a product that does what you want, Windows 7."

Windows 7 won't last forever. And even if it did, it'd be rather silly to pretend that users who want a start menu don't want any of the other technical improvements that come with windows 8. If microsoft doesn't want to commit suicide with enterprise/pro users, they're not going to completely drop the desktop in the foreseeable future. It just sucks that we'll no longer be able to configure it as we want to.

"Windows 8 treats Win32 as a legacy system, the same way that when Apple migrated to OSX it was never their goal to allow you to maintain a 'classic' (OS9) desktop / applications experience."

The scale of irreplaceable business applications for OS9 was undeniably microscopic compared to those for windows. Also OSX could support thousands of unix apps out of the box. Microsoft's metro situation is hardly the same. Unless MS botches it up, the win32s are still a huge competitive advantage owing to the millions of man hours that have been invested in win32 business applications - including those written by me.


Edit: To clarify my stance, it's about having a choice. Whether one likes metro or not, it's unfortunate that MS is trying to promote metro by deliberately restricting users ability to configure the os not to use it.

Edited 2012-10-06 05:19 UTC

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RE[6]: Musings about Metro
by jigzat on Sat 6th Oct 2012 20:59 in reply to "RE[5]: Musings about Metro"
jigzat Member since:
2008-10-30

You have a point but if Microsoft is trying to push some kind of "cultural-tech" change they must force users otherwise it people will continue to go back to the Desktop GUI.

I remember back in the early 90's Windows had this secondary UI or a Software on top of Windows GUI that looked like a book I remember I was very little and it was the only thing I easily use, handling the regular Windows UI was too much for me.

Edited 2012-10-06 21:01 UTC

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