I'm not really big on Windows 8. Been playing around with it since the Dev preview and while good under the hood, the UI changes just don't make sense without a built in "windows classic" selection mode like the good old days. I am reminded about the phrase "putting lipstick on a pig," except in this case, it's putting mud on a supermodel and sending her down the runway. It doesn't matter how good she is underneath, you just can't get past the mud. Anyway, I booted up my old IBM running Windows 3.0 and was struck by the familiar screen that popped up after boot. Seems to me Microsoft took 5 steps back on the default UI: So much for innovation! Yes! Cause those two look sooo much alike... Oh yeah, sorry about that - 3.0 is in black and white while Win8 has color. That makes all the difference! I can take a pic of 3.1 and add a clutter of icons if that helps you out any.
First- why on earth would you still have a Windows 3 machine??? Second- that was "the" machine of its day (innovative, super-fast
, and amazing to behold! It was also stable, albeit used for entirely different reasons.
I have a Win8 machine; I wanted a hybrid that could replace a laptop, and a tablet for fun and travel. The first night I installed my copy of Office 2010, Adobe CS6 (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, etc...) and a few other favorite software items.
I find the UI to be fun, and in some ways very useful. When I need the desktop, I tap that Icon and I am there. In my mind the Windows 8 environment reminds me of when I was running 2 OS- XP and Win7 on a gaming system. I needed both for certain games. Win8 allows me the same luxury w/o having to log out. I can run apps ("angry birds", fb touch, amazon, etc) and I can run full-blown RAM-sucking Graphics-hogging productivity software at the same time.
Does Windows 8 have issues? Of course. Every OS has issues, things you wish it kept from "last time", growing pains, etc. That doesnt make it a deal-breaker. Windows 7 had issues too.
In short (too late), I like Windows 8. It has its purpose and its place. It's not for everyone- nothing ever is. If that was true, we wouldn't have Linux trolls that spout garbage about every OS out there. It brings touch-tech to Windows in a well thought out way. Like it or not, its the OS of now, and not going anywhere anytime soon. People hated XP when it first came out (if you can remember).