A thorough first look at Windows 8.
That is disgusting.
Windows 8 obviously wants to plant itself firmly between me and what I’m trying to do so it can scream in my face, “LOOK AT ME SEE HOW PRETTY I AM I AM THE GREATEST OS EVER MADE NO WAIT WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO LOOK AT SOMETHING ELSE COME BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK PLEASE OH PLEASE LOOK AT MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”
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MS still playing catch-up with Android and iOS. If it weren’t so deeply entrenched in the business world MS would have been reduced to “The company that makes Office!” long ago. It just does not look that good to me, visually or operationally, the pain of an enterprise roll-out of this would be huge in conversion of applications and in training, scary enough rolling users from Office 2003 to 2010.
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I think it looks awful. I mean, really ugly. This guy had a lot of criticism but he actually liked how it looked. I dunno.
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It looks awful to me too, as one commenter on his column said it is very ‘romper room’. Reminds me of kinder-crap, all the Playskool plastic toy/playground stuff in primary colors.
I’m with you Chris. The look does nothing for me. To start with I thought I was just seeing a rough mock up until it finally sunk in that it was the actual UI!
I have heard other people say it looks nice so I guess its highly subjective.
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Sounds like the beginning of the end for Microsoft. Why would I want my PC to be more like a tablet, especially when the PC is where I do my productive work? And apparently, I can kiss my cool personalized background/desktop goodbye, too. This should have been released as as OS for tablets or maybe netbooks and that’s it.
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Hmmm, this just isn’t relevant for Linux users. The article was great though. I read it for a full five minutes even though I had almost no idea what it was talking about. I used to know, but I have intentionally forgotten.
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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
It took how many years before Windows XP was rock-solid? The first year was a joke, I didn’t upgrade from Windows 98/2000 until about 2 years after XP launched. Today I still support a dozen Dell Dimension 3000 systems running XP. They’re P4 2.8 Ghz (single core?!?) with 1 GB PC3200. They run a clean install of XP SP3, McAfee Enterprise 8.8i, Firefox, and Office 2010. They boot faster than my 8 core 12 gig Dimension 9100 running Windows 7.
The biggest performance hit on computers is usually antivirus software. It took years of trial and error before I settled on that flavor of McAfee. It sits in the taskbar and leaves you the fuck alone unless there’s a real threat. Also it has some of the lowest impact on performance I’ve seen. (I’m in no way a fanboy, I UTTERLY HATE their shit that came with my 9100)
I wouldn’t even consider Windows 7 to be as stable as XP. I’ve been fighting one networking issue on some systems for over a month. (the Bonjour service randomly sets the default gateway to 0.0.0.0)
I might consider Windows 8 on my 9100 just so that I can wipe all the crap preloaded by Dell…
I used to be a Windows fan from Win 95 through to Windows XP. Then one day I was fortunate enough to get a copy of Windows Vista which I persisted with at work for nearly 2 months (amazing really), and then gave up and installed Ubuntu instead. Life improved step by step (for my line of work – Jave development – your experience may vary), the sun started shining again, not too many pigs flying and I have never looked back. All thanks to Windows Vista!
I’m with you brother. Linux distros are the way to go. But some people like to shoot the bear of good news. Got two dislikes above for pointing out that there are alternatives.
Microsoft is like the jackass at work that keeps making changes just for the sake of having changed something. Dammit man, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
The irony is that by ditching the Start button and going to an icon-driven UI, it’s almost like they’re back to a pre-Windows 95 interface.
MS has a trend. Follow along:
Windows 95: buggy
Windows 98: fixed the issues; great!
Window ME: buggy (and pointless)
Windows XP: fixed the issues; great!
Windows Vista: buggy (and utter crap)
Windows 7: fixed the issues: great!
Windows 8: Oh come on, knock it off, dammit!
My other gripe with having a new OS is 3rd party software. The compatibility modes don’t always work, so I either have to buy a new version of the software or stay with the old OS (or screw around with a dual-boot and two OSs).
The sad thing is that a lot of this “change everything, all the time” thinking has to do with marketing so they don’t seem stale. There are some nice changes here, but overall, WordyGrrl hit the nail on the head: this should have been a netbook/ tablet-only release.
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