|Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster|
|Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster [zdnet.com] |
Summary: The biggest problem with Windows 8 is that it wasn’t born out of a need or demand. Its design failures, particularly with ‘Metro UI’ will likely be its downfall. Here’s why.
|it wasn’t born out of a need or demand |
What on earth are they talking about? The people who sell computers need to keep selling new ones-- planned obsolescence, right?-- and software manufacturers need to squeeze more money out of users by selling upgrades to make the old product work on a new computer. So everyone demands a new operating system every few years.
If the new system is lousy, so much the better, because then you can come out with a still newer one next year.
The article reinforces my worst fears about the ribbon, etc. At the same time, I look at the favorable anticipation that some of us have for the Surface tablet, as in this discussion here...
MS releases own tablet "Surface" for Win 8
...and I'm thinking we're going to find ourselves in a very confused situation for a while. I assume that the Surface tablet will be useless without Windows 8. OTOH, I can't imagine wanting to use the touch interface on a desktop machine.
I'm in the process of speccing out a new desktop setup (I know... great timing), and I'm wondering what kind of hardware to consider, how many copies of Windows 7 to stockpile, etc etc.
That Metro screen interface still hasn't convinced me it's better than what I have now, but I'm trying to like it. As a start screen it isn't bad to have all your information in those Metro tiles. However, I'd rather have the option to work the way I prefer and not be forced into this new system.
|I'm in the process of speccing out a new desktop setup (I know... great timing), and I'm wondering what kind of hardware to consider, how many copies of Windows 7 to stockpile, etc etc. |
Well, the advice I've read is to get Windows 7 Home version and you can get a free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro [webmasterworld.com].
I did my desktop little more than 2 years ago. Windows 7 is good, I set it to run in performance mode (makes it look like Windows 2000).
|I'm in the process of speccing out a new desktop setup |
i7 at 2.8, 4GB, VelociRaptor 300MB as primary HD.
Lots of people missing the boat..
WinRT / Metro was borne out of demand. People are demanding applications that can run on any kind of device and an ecosystem that can fulfill that demand.
MS has been on a "3 screen" bandwagon for 10+ years and it amazes me people still write it off as if its new and misguided.. just where have you been?
Metro is their design language/UI for Phone, TV and Computer - regardless of form factor in any of those "3 screens". The UI is interactive for mouse, touch, gesture, voice, keyboard, remote & controller experiences and lends itself to being super intuitive and simple to use.
Its a paradigm shift for sure, but its a shift in a direciton i'm enthusiastic about because it opens the doors to new possibilities and yet somehow they were able to maintain great backwards support capabilities.
Not only that, but windows 8 as an OS has been improved vastly, fast boot, low memory foot print, more secure, hypervisor support, better deployment options.. the list goes on and on.
oh well.. /rant lol