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Doug's Mailbag: Windows 8 Test Results

Readers share their early impressions of Microsoft's upcoming OS:

It's going to be hugely successful!

I don't understand why you say, 'However, Metro is only good for touch -- don't even think about upgrading desktops.' What is wrong with Metro on a desktop? You (and some of your readers) keep saying that, but I have been using it on a desktop and I don't see the problem.

I just received and read your latest Redmond Report newsletter. Overall, I like Windows 8. The one thing that I really do not like is the lack of the Start button on the Desktop interface. As you pointed out in your newsletter, I am not even thinking of upgrading machines here -- in fact, I can't see Windows 8 on anything that doesn't have a touch screen -- and that includes our laptops as well. I believe the omission of the Start button will hinder early sales of Windows 8 on desktop and laptop machines until organizations and individuals begin in earnest to migrate to newer touch-screen equipped machines and significant numbers of mainstream applications are adapted to run under the Metro interface.

I am a technology director for a district of 27,000 students. I have spent about three months using Windows 8, and I felt I became fairly proficient with the OS.  However, there is no way I dare to start any kind of upgrade within the next year or maybe even two. The learning curve is too big for teachers (not students), and it would be a nightmare to try and provide training for an OS. I've worked with teachers and Windows since Windows 3.1 (and used DOS before that). I think this is the biggest change since moving from DOS to Windows 3.1.

My vote on Windows 8 is that it will be a winner. When Apple introduced the latest iPad, I figured it was finally time to get one. Still, I held off hoping that there was going to be some compelling reason to have it, not just because everyone else says I should have one.

I am glad I did. I am really looking forward to having a tablet that can also function as a regular PC -- at least if you believe the hype. I hope it lives up. I am definitely holding off on an iPad until I get a look, even if it means being jeered for not keeping up with the times.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 07/18/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Jul 19, 2012 Rick Redwood City, CA

I feel that the Start button is alive and kicking. All you have to do is press Windows Key (Start) to toggle between Metro and traditional desktop. This is more of the same thing with smart tiles in addition. Personally, I like the tiles instead of cluttered icons on the desktop. Be tablet or traditional PC.

Thu, Jul 19, 2012

Of course Windows 8 on the desktop will be a success. The preload of the OS on new PC's guarantees the market penetration (does the buyer of a new PC ever have a choice of which version of Windows he/she can buy?). WinRT is a different story. A tablet is a tablet and a PC is a PC. I hear so many people commenting that WinRT is a tablet OS that can also be a PC I start to wonder if it will not do either well. I like the iPad because it is a fantastic tablet interface. It's not a Mac desktop and for some things I want to do I have to pull out my Mac. However I am finding I need my Mac only 10% of the time. BTW, I do a lot of work on my iPad with QuickOffice Pro HD. I create/edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and create PowerPoint presentations using the same product, so don't tell me the iPad is only for content consumption.

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