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Will someone come out and say they love Windows 8?

Philip Greenspun’s Weblog » Christmas gift for someone you hate: Windows 8:

“A reasonable user might respond to this dog’s breakfast of a user interface by trying to stick with either the familiar desktop or the new tablet. However, this is not possible. Some functions, such as ‘start an application’ or ‘restart the computer’ are available only from the tablet interface. Conversely, when one is comfortably ensconced in a touch/tablet application, an additional click will fire up a Web browser, thereby causing the tablet to disappear in favor of the desktop. Many of the ‘apps’ that show up on the ‘all apps’ menu at the bottom of the screen (accessible only if you swipe down from the top of the screen) dump you right into the desktop on the first click.”

Windows 8 is quite possibly a bigger mess for Microsoft than was Vista. And Vista, at least, was relatively easy for the company to extricate itself from. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/craiggrannell Craig Grannell

    Lots of “give it time” and “it’ll be great in ‘x’ years” responses to this kind of thing. Does Microsoft have that kind of time any more? It’s pretty much taught people over the past decade that they can do without IE and Office. With the iPad, people have increasingly learned they can do without Windows entirely, too.

  • http://www.technovia.co.uk Ian Betteridge

    The combination of the iPad on one side and Google Docs/Apps on the other is showing that Office and Windows aren’t required. Fighting one of those is a task that I think MS could easily handle. Fighting both at the same time? Nah.

  • Miles Hart

    I like it, alot. “Love” is phrase fanatics will say (http://youtu.be/FFhjDX-DUew) I won’t use it, ever.

    The bootup speed is very good, about 12 seconds, faster than other iterations, Kiosk (aka Metro) UI is lightweight and responsive, I use to to just catch up on email, tweets etc without firing up desktop windows.

    Not sure if get your point about being “dumped” into the desk. If you launch a desktop application, you’ll get the desktop. If you launch a metro app, you won’t.

    Somethings I do get confused is the 1/4, 3/4 screen split, but I just haven’t looked into it.

    With every £25 I paid for it.