Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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It just gets worse and worse...
by steviant on Sun 11th Nov 2012 16:58 UTC
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As if the crapware problem wasn't bad enough, cluttering up the start screen with live tiles comes along to make the experience of getting a new computer even more miserable.

Combining this with Microsoft's own pre-installed ad-ware, closed app market, confusing Windows RT licensing and the bizarre idea of trying to unify tablets and workstations around touch-screens, Windows 8 is looking more and more like an experiment in just how much crap a user base will tolerate from a company that is becoming ever more proscriptive and out-of-touch (pardon the pun) with its customers.

I'm convinced that touch-screens on laptops and desktops are little more than gimmicks. Touch-sensitive screens on desktop computers have been already been tried, along with stylus (light-pen) based UI's and were rejected because of poor ergonomics in favor of a mouse and keyboard setup. If you discount the idea that workstations are going to move to touch screens, then Microsoft's push to deprecate the pointer-based interface in favour of touch makes little sense when the risk of alienating existing users is taken into account.

While the Microsoft of today is a different beast from the peak of their awfulness, they're still a dictatorial monster of a company that issues edicts from a comfortable position of power over the market. Hopefully Windows 8 will mark the beginning of the end for Microsoft's dominance, and in the mean-time there will always be Windows 7...

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