Windows 8: Does Its 1-month Report Card Read Pass Or Fail?
Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:15 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:45 AM
Canonical e.a. seem to think that Windows 8 is Linux's golden opportunity to break through. I don't blame them. Linux has become a lot more stable, a lot easier to tweak, a lot more functional "straight out of the box" and a lot less hassle for former Windows users (I know, I only made the switch about 6 months ago). Distros like Mint or Ubuntu are, in fact, a lot more familiar to Windows users than Windows 8 are. Who knows, maybe the future of Microsoft won't be something we'll have to get used to after all!
PS. Speaking of Ubuntu, the Unity desktop was designed with the same aim as Windows 8, i.e. "creating the cross-platform design in a bid to lure tablet shoppers away from Android and Apple alternatives". Even the most die-hard Unity-basher will tell you that between Unity and the new Windows interface, there's just no comparison.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:47 AM
I don't remember if Microsoft has ever managed to produce 2 consecutive good OSs. I moved from 3.1 to 98 to XP to 7 (to Linux, but that's another story). I'd rather not think about the ones inbetween, it's frustrating even after so many years.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:53 AM
Windows 8 was painless, and it runs the Sony Vegas 12 DVD authoring software very well. Installed with no errors and runs fast.
The UI of Win8 is indeed different, and not well detailed in the help. But I am getting used to it, and find that having a touchscreen Ultrabook with Win8 is a whole new experience in ease of use. The ability to touch a prompt on the screen has pulled my hands off the keyboard with more and more frequency as I find it faster and more intuitive to tap the screen where I want the cursor.
Someone will sell an app to present a fake Start Button for those who cannot change. It will be about three dollars....
Win8 feels good, but unfamiliar. It resembles the Apple mobile environment more than Win7.
Corporate users will be slow to come, as noted in the article. Our company still has several thousand XP machines out there, with security support being stopped in 500 days. Will it be Win7 or Win8 replacing these? We have Win7 in place and know its implications on our environment so we will probably stick with Win7 for a while.
Personally, I'll never go back. Win8 on a ultrabook is fabulous.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:06 AM
I rarely use ModernUI as I have an iPad for my tableting needs. When I do I find the choice of apps very limited and the ones that are available can be pretty poor. For instance pinch to zoom support is very patch - Bing news does not support it and there is no way of resizing the tiny font. Internet Explorer for modernUi actually works pretty well (supports pinch to zoom) but it disappears off the start screen if you set another browser as default! The current Metro versions of Firefox and Chrome are pretty poor.
I definitely wouldn't recommend buying a RT based tablet as you would be stuck with Metro apps only.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:10 AM
Yep, ridiculously easy. If people are having such a hard time with Win 8 they shouldn't be using a computer in the first place.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:18 AM
Why would you want to help sales? Either the product is a product people want and they will buy it or it is not. Do you have a personal interest in helping Microsoft?
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:19 AM
Excellent comments, I'm running Win 8 on four year old low end laptop with SSD and it is very quick. Was going to buy new, but I'll keep this for a while. I just don't understand the negative comments about how hard people think Win 8 is to use. Its basically Win 7 with new start screen functionality. APPs store will continue to improve, and let's face it, most APPs are junk anyway. Win 7 is awesome and Win 8 even better.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:20 AM
Ummm. Yes I have. It's simplistically simple. You must be a complete moron . lol
Siri is calling you. lol
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:23 AM
linux? lol. Umm..ya ok. Complex, undocumented, buggy, no support, no thanks.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:25 AM
Most the comments on here are from people who have barley used the OS and/or mac morons.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:40 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:57 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:58 AM
None of them had ever crashed, they all did since win 8
I had to delete all the built in apps, adjust it to better performance rather then visuals to see processor use reduced to an acceptable percentage.
Ironically, on my touch slate, I keep getting messages that I am running out of memory having only Firefox and one other reading program opened. On that one I might have to go back to win 7 and that is a big deception since I had had hopes with win 8 for an improved touch experience on a windows tablet.
I already ditched ARM tablets, no more tablets for me, long live the desktop.
I pinned the most used features of windows on the start screen to make it look like a start button, no apps for me either.