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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.
-Anonymous

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...
-Bryan

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.
-Bruce

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


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