I’ll start this random blog of things to type out with a hot topic currently buzzing around the IT spectrum:
This operating system at the moment is at the center of discussion for most people into technology wondering why on earth they would make such radical changes to their user interface, why force people onto this “tablet” interface? keep a desktop OS for the desktops etc.
I will start by saying I like Windows 8, I think its a fantastic upgrade from Windows 7 with performance boosts everywhere, fantastic features such as native ISO mounting, a task manager that’s updated to reflect modern times and synchronization of settings across machines and simple to use RAID functionality built in. The new “metro” interface that was made to replace the start menu and be the main screen for tablets using the OS is the biggest change for the system.
The hatred is towards how it throws out the formula of the standard desktop windows setup we’ve known and loved for years on end but I really do wonder why can’t people ask themselves what they still use the start menu for in windows, in my opinion it hasn’t been relevant since Windows 7 since most people just press start or the windows key, type what they want and press enter. That functionality has only been improved in Windows 8 so why the complaints?
In fact if you use the metro interface as a way to catagorise your applications it can be quite useful, more useful than the old start menu where you had hundreds of folders taking up half your screen.
I must admit it does feel silly using many of the full screen applications on your desktop PC that were clearly designed with tablets in mind but the only reason that this is here is to create consistency between operating systems for the inevitable merging of mobile and desktop platforms, this is a step towards that and is a risk but a neccesary risk. I wouldn’t be surprised if Windows 9 worked as Windows Mobile 9 aswell.
They should if I’m honest have improved the way metro applications work on a desktop interface since the full screen stuff really doesn’t work on a full screen, id much prefer a resizable window but if im honest I don’t see myself using those “apps” myself, at least not with a desktop.
The other big common complaint is the store, where PC gamings figureheads have publically complained that this will only harm PC gaming, really its just them being afraid of another distribution platform challenging them but really its not thrown in your face at all and is purely optional, Steam still runs fine on Windows 8 along with many other PC games infact they may run even better due to all the performance optimizations that come with the operating system.
The operating system aswell is cheap which I imagine is a move to mass market the operating system rather than really only sell it through OEM and Business licencing, Microsoft probably want you using their services more than others now similar to Googles approach to technology and this can only be seen through recent rebranding and restructuring their software lineup with subscription based Office, online Outlook with far less advertising and limits than before and Skydrive linked into the operating system, aswell as local usernames easily synced up with Windows ID accounts.
Overall I think there is far too much moaning and not enough trying with this OS and the proof of the pudding is in the eating so people really should try it for more than 5 minutes before judging it on a completely optional frontend GUI.