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Windows 8: Your Feedback Wanted

I know a whole heap of you are actually playing with the Windows 8 client. I know 'cuz I've already heard from about a dozen of you.

I'm a greedy journalist. When I do an article I want the whole story, and a dozen just ain't enough. I'm looking to do a feature based on the real-world of lots of real-world users.

If interested, drop me a note and I'll send you off a batch of questions. I'm interested in overall impressions -- not glitches based on the fact that it is still in test stage.

Shoot me a note at and I'll be in touch.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/28/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Jun 7, 2012 Burton H Roberts USA

Haven't tried it yet, but this reminds me of New Coke. They had to go back to Classic.

Wed, Jun 6, 2012 BugJuice S Calif

I ain't a gonna do it!!! I'll switch to UNIX.

Fri, Mar 30, 2012

Hey everyone... MS is trying to play catch up with Apple and Google. If they do nothing then MS will continue to lose market share. I think the big mistake they made was to try and keep "old" features. Better strategy would be to design a new OS from the ground up to use on tablets and phones. What they have done here is try to please everyone. Apple's strategy was just this... Create IOS which is distinct from OSX. Tie them together via iTunes and the Apple Stores. MS's strategy is a failed strategy. Having played with Windows 8 it appears to be a mishmash of old and new. Why not have an OS for computers AND unique one for tablets and phones?

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 PNWACE

I agree with John Albright I also do not like the new Metro user interface in WIN 8. Same reasons but also too graphically messy if you have a lot of apps. I use and support Windows professionally and I use multiple versions of Windows. I think the only people who will LIKE the new user interface (aside from those who stand to make a lot of money off it) are those who readily adapt to new technologies, not the 90% of the established business user base. I can't wait for my user base to complain that they cannot do what they have always done in Windows (Wasn't it Microsoft that for years trained everyone to use a similar GUI interface?) IMO Microsoft cannot distinguish between home users and business professionals. Microsoft needs to offer different products (sensibly) for different needs, instead of forcing all users to conform to the 'Microsoft' paradigm. Bottom line, if I want a phone, I'd buy a phone so leave my PC GUI alone.

Fri, Mar 30, 2012

Okay, I've used Win 8 on an Acer tablet/netbook daily, both the developer preview and consumer preview. Lots of experience. I just read a Microsoft Win8 blog on how they've done their best with Win7 tablets but they might not be up to new Win8 tablet standards which should offer iPad like gesture response. So I'll write off my fussing about some sloppy gesture experiences. Still, the Metro tablet experience is mediocre. On the one hand, I was using their word/spelling hints with a textbox and like Microsoft's implementation better than my Android phone - which is really annoying. Otherwise, other than a pretty decent split soft keyboard, Metro doesn't knock my socks off. Too much scrolling to the right. Some gestures aren't intuitive like closing a Metro application (start at top of screen, drag to bottom as app 'window' shrinks). I really hate Metro IE. Miss the tabs. Lack of Flash ruins the user experience (how can people use an iPad?). You can switch pages by dragging down the top of the screen to expose thumb nails of your history but I find myself preferring classic chromed IE 10 tabs. I often swipe Metro IE wrong and bring up old IE web pages, never a problem with classic IE 10. IE Metro is a complete mess! There aren't a lot of useful Metro apps so I can't comment too much on that other than to say while I like the fonts, the rest of the Metro UI is unattractive and wastes gobs of space (I assume to accommodate fat fingers like mine). It's hard to imagine a non-trivial Metro app but then I hear people mostly use iPads for games, web browsing and social media (email, Twitter, etc) so I won't knock it too hard there. It just stresses how important getting desktop Win8 right is for hybrid PCs like I use. Don't get me started on the crippled classic desktop. It's an epic fail! At first, I found it confusing to click a chrome app icon from the Metro start page only to be dumped into the classic desktop but I'm sort of used to it and don't know of a better solution (e.g. complete segregation of Metro/chrome apps). Unlike iPad, eye candy is non-existent in the Metro UI which is flat, texture-less and colored like a basic box of Crayolas.

Thu, Mar 29, 2012

windows 8 needs to keep all features of win 7, and put in metro as an add-on.on my pc I never really use metro except testing purpose. so give us back the classic start. I like the fast boot,but I experienced longer boot time on CP than DP.

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 JC Austin


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 Scott Texas

Initial impressions from just playing with Windows 8 are, for me, fairly positive. Once I figured out the keyboard shortcuts to switching between apps and such it became a little more enjoyable. One thought I had was with the desktop, and not the same one everyone else shares about the disconnect between it and the start screen. I wonder if it will be possible to launch multiple desktops, similar to GNU/Linux. In Windows 8, the Desktop looks like an app, so why not have two, three, or more open with their own set of programs running, much the same way that you can have multiple Notepads open with their own files.

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 John Albright

I have played with Windows 8 for a few weeks now. I think this is the biggest mistake Microsoft has ever made. And that is after working with their products for over 20 years. They are taking what could work on smart phones and tablets and bringing down the computer to that level. Without a menu system (at least I could not find one) the little squares are going to be very annoying if you use a lot of programs. Just adding administrative tools added a whole pile of little squares. I work with multiple windows copying and pasting and comparing items all of the time. Switching between programs on Metro appeared very cumbersome to me. It may catch on for consumers who do very little with computers. For the corporate world I do not see this at all. Maybe they will be it all fixed by Windows 10.

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