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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So Much Hate
by Ninjawidget on Sat 6th Oct 2012 21:55 UTC
Ninjawidget
Member since:
2011-08-18

So much hate from the unwashed masses it would seem lolz. The fact is that Windows 8 will work, people will buy it, it will succeed and its marketshare in one week will surpass Linux. Now if that is the case then there must be something good about Windows 8, and there is. After 7 years of using Linux I am a diehard Windows only user, I have Windows 8 on pre-order, and I be a happy productive person who has found the new metro ui although different to start with, not so different that I can't use it happily. Anyways, like has been said before, but the haters choose not to read YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A FREE APP, VISTART8 TO GET WINDOWS CLASSIC BACK DOUCHEBAGS!
Now, I'm off to do something useful, probably swing back this way next year, cheerio.

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RE: So Much Hate
by Lorin on Sat 6th Oct 2012 23:32 in reply to "So Much Hate"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

People will not buy it, it will be forced on them when they buy a new machine, luckily some states are passing or have passed legislation that will make it illegal to sell a computer unless the buyer can choose which OS they want.

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RE[2]: So Much Hate
by Ing222 on Sun 7th Oct 2012 14:14 in reply to "RE: So Much Hate"
Ing222 Member since:
2012-10-07

Personally, I applaud more choice. However, the general consumer does not. The general consumer wants all the choices made for them. As an example, look at Apple. They are immensely popular for the general public because everything is so "dumbed" down and all the decisions are made for them.

The passing of legislation to give the consumer more choice sounds like a great idea on paper, however I don't see it impacting much as the general consumer will just choose Windows.

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RE[2]: So Much Hate
by Alfman on Sun 7th Oct 2012 17:21 in reply to "RE: So Much Hate"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Lorin,

"People will not buy it, it will be forced on them when they buy a new machine, luckily some states are passing or have passed legislation that will make it illegal to sell a computer unless the buyer can choose which OS they want."

I hadn't heard about this kind of legislation anywhere?

It's a big problem that we don't usually get to choose the OS independently from the hardware, especially with laptops. Applying a non-windows criterion filters out practically all hardware available for purchase (even those that are linux compatible). We can blame vendors, but realistically they all might be concluding that platforms with <5% market share just aren't worth catering to. It's a catch 22 for alternative operating systems, which cannot compete on merit alone. They constantly struggle against network effects that strongly favour the entrenched platforms.

This isn't to say windows doesn't have merit because it does, but consumers do loose when a company can exploit network effects to push negative undesirable features like not being able to customise the start menu, and the walled gardens present in IOS and Metro.

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RE: So Much Hate
by quackalist on Mon 8th Oct 2012 07:19 in reply to "So Much Hate"
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Your a strange one, it's a discussion about the merits of an OS...get over yourself.

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