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Win 8 Not Great, One Reviewer Says

InfoWorld, now a Web-only entity, is hating on poor Windows 8. Their headline says it all: "Yes, It's that bad."

I can't agree or disagree. Although it is a review, it is, in fact, an opinion. The reviewer found some stuff to like, but found the gap between "Metro" and the old desktop interface to be a fatal flaw, "an awkward mishmash that pulls the user in two directions at once."

One commenter had this to say: "Your review, Yes, it's that bad."

What I've learned is that Win 8 is so different that it's like a piece of art -- everyone has an opinion (and check out this month's Redmond magazine cover story, which features readers' opinions on Microsoft's new OS).

Don't be shy, more Win 8 and RT comments welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/05/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Thu, Sep 6, 2012 Andre Vermont

I have been using Windows 8 on my laptop for awhile now and there are things to like about it. They have improved performance, enhanced the diagnostic tools, made wireless stuff work better, and, they apparently have beefed up the number of drivers they include with Windows 8 since it installed and found all the hardware on my older Dell laptop. One thing that will frustrate me though is the lack of the Start Menu. I work with computers that are part of a domain, for the most part, and one of the things I find myself doing is logging off as one user and logging back on as another. There is no log off option, that I have been able to find, anywhere, unless you search for logoff.exe and use that. It isn't on the Charms bar under the power button. It doesn't show up when you install a replacement Start Menu. Why is this? Has Microsoft decided that it is all about the consumer and has forgotten about businesses? They removed hyperterminal. I guess I can sort of understand that since many computers no longer have serial ports but some do and some of us use them, in my case to manage our phone system but others manage switches and other devices with serial connections. It also seems that with Widows 7 and 8 it takes more clicks to get to whatever you are after. In self defense I am learning the run commands such as ncpa.cpl to get to things more quickly. Yes, I can run that command by typing it in Modern Start page but it doesn't remember what I type like the run command does. It just adds up to being more cumbersome in many ways, not as user friendly. I am sure I could get used to it just like I have adjusted to Windows 7 and some of its quirks but I simply find some of these changes annoying and don't understand the necessity for them. I have said it before and I will say it again, Microsoft seems to have decided that their vision trumps the consumers desires. If theirs wasn't a monopoly they wouldn't get away with that. It will be interesting to see how well Windows 8 sales do. I will be buying a copy just because I know I will be asked to support it but I would probably stay with Windows 7 and ignore Windows 8 if I had a choice. It is disappointing since they have improved the OS including the security of it but there are changes I could have done without.

Wed, Sep 5, 2012

I have been using the windows 8 enterprise eval. Overall it has been very easy to get into. Using multiple monitors I really wish that the windows 8 aps could be ran in windows and for the start screen to have more customization options. Other than these two issues I have been adjusting quickly and easily.

Wed, Sep 5, 2012 eds

The point that so many who review it seem to miss is that the desktop is still the desktop. Pop the Windows key and then start typing the name of your program and it just appears in front of you. But the desktop is still the desktop. As far as the Windows 8 style interface goes, as people start getting new devices that are touch enabled, they'll start to see where the power of the interface occurs. Do we want Microsoft to create operating systems for the last 10 years of computers? Or the next 10 years? I vote for the next 10! It's already pretty interesting to watch the industry start to introduce new form factors, and I'm hopeful that many more form factors are yet to come!

Wed, Sep 5, 2012

I'm getting more familiar with Windows 8, and don't mind it as much as I first did. Some of the interface is a little unusual (such as being thrown into the desktop when opening Windows explorer). Also accessing the rest of the start menu is a little more cumbersome in some situations. For example, I'm not sure why they put the icon to display the rest of the start menu on the far right when the icon for the start menu itself is on the far left. It may be better on a tablet, but it stinks on the desktop, especially if the user has a wide screen. Also, I wonder why they chose to enable docking for left and right, but not up and down. When I'm editing programs, it's often too hard to read when the text is squished left to right. Excel documents are also better to compare in the up and down doc positions. I know dragging an app down closes it, but maybe dragging it down while holding shift could doc it.

Wed, Sep 5, 2012

I've been using Windows 8 Build 8250 for about 8 months. It's simple to use but in the beginning it felt like writing with my right hand and I'm left handed. However, the security feature of Windows 8 has been my life saver to staying online. Maybe many don't have security issues like I do but chances are it could happen to everyone. In the past before Windows 8 I would need to recover my entire system about every 3 months which was a major process for me but Windows 8 makes it easy to refresh or start over with so much ease it's like doing a full scan for simplicity. The best news is for an awesome product with more features than anyone has mentioned here, Windows 8 is only going to get better in every way.

Wed, Sep 5, 2012 SheldonS

I have been using the Windows 8 Release Preview Build 8400 for almost two weeks now.

My opinion has changed. When I went into it I thought I would hate it, after all, who would want a Phone/Tablet OS on their laptop/desktop?

Well, the bottom line, the more I use it the more I like it. I will admit there is a learning curve at first. Well, at least for me it was, before 8 I was running Vista.

My main reason to run 8 was to play with VS2012. Sadly I found out I had installed the wrong version. I'll get around to the right one at some point.

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