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Doug's Mailbag: Windows 8 Test Impressions

Readers share their early assessments of Microsoft's test code for Windows 8:

So far I think that Windows 8 appears to be the least user friendly operating system that Microsoft has ever developed. There are numerous Windows XP users that hesitated upgrading due to the fear of change -- Windows 8 is not for the majority of PC users.

I probably haven't given it a good enough test, but its doubtful I ever will, at least not anytime soon. First impressions are blah, boring, unimpressed, toooo much switching between Metro and Desktop, annoying. This may work on a touch interface, but it seems very anti-multitasking and too similar to a smartphone OS. At this rate I will milk my Win 7 for as long as I can. I have been reasonably excited with every new version of Windows since Win 95 preview. Not this time...

I've got it running in Virtual Box on my XPS. It runs fine but I see nothing -- and I mean NOTHING that I would want with this. Metro should have been implemented as a subsystem to the desktop, not the other way around. I'm likely to stick with Windows 7 for a very long time. For my mobile devices, iOS will do the job. I still like Microsoft but it's taking a direction with this one that I, as a developer, don't believe I will support.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 03/09/2012 at 1:19 PM

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