Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jan 2014 10:06 UTC

Paul Thurrott on the next version of Windows and the future of the platform.

In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn't have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8 - just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista - there's no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.

With even Paul Thurrott claiming Windows is in trouble, it becomes virtually impossible to deny it is so.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by ddc_ on Tue 14th Jan 2014 00:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I used Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) for several months on my non-touch-capable laptop. I had performance issues after upgrading from 8 to 8.1, so I had to make a clean install instead. I had a problem with working driver getting updated to broken one. I had a problem with trackpoint driver pretending that middle mouse button is not a mouse button but something akin to what scroll lock used to be. There were probably more issues, I don't remember...

Now, all of the problems I described above aren't really worth mention unless I really want to bash Windows 8 - all of them are pretty much the same issues I had with my Windows 7 attempt.

And I genuinly enjoyed Metro/Modern-style apps - clean and focused, rich on presentation, consistent throughout the system. I did even use IE not to download another browser - probably the first time in a dosen of years! The new launcher allows to find desired shortcut quicker and doesn't require much pointing precision, which is IMO a huge improvement over classic and especially XP-style launchers. Mail app has a lot of room for improvement though, and some software is still missing in Metro/Modern department, albeit slowly getting there.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by lucas_maximus on Tue 14th Jan 2014 18:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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I had a funny power bug with this computer (it is a chipset problem).

I been using Win 8 on a laptop with a touch screen and I find myself alternating between the touch screen and the mouse.

A lot of the touch screen problems was me being heavy handed and I really need to get a proper camera on a stand instead of using an iPad.

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