Originally Posted by W4nderer
I honestly can't help but chuckle when I see people complain that Windows 8 has only been optimized for touch, or that the interface has been dumbed down. Especially when it comes from "enthusiasts" on places like OCN where people are supposedly smarter than the average Joe when it comes to computers.
I have come to the conclusion when people make these claims, the person making the claim will fit snugly into one of the following two categories the vast majority of the time:1. They have never used Windows 8 (and may occasionally lie about this), or...2. They had already made up their mind before using Windows 8
This has become blatantly apparent after using Windows 8 exclusively for quite some time now. Why? First, before I address the new Start Screen, I will address the "inferior" desktop environment.Improvements to the desktop environment:Right click in the lower left corner of the screen to access the new and extremely useful power menu:Task Manager:Windows Explorer ribbon advanced settings previously buried away in Folder and Search options:CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGEEnhanced file transfer:
There's a ton more enchantments to the desktop environment I am forgetting as well.Now, the start menu...
Using the Start Screen, you can access and open programs FASTER than with the old start menu. Why? Because to open a program you've pinned to the start menu, you need to pinpoint your mouse over the icon in the start menu after having hit the windows key, or having pressed the start button with your mouse. Not a HUGE problem, I admit. Still, there is room for improvement. If you put that same program icon on the Windows 8 start screen, it is a larger and more centrally located tile. All you do is hit the windows button without moving your mouse at all, and then your mouse pointer is likely already at a closer proximity to the program tile than it would have been to the start menu icon.
Nice try with the patronising of OCN members, trying to make them feel guilty for not being up to the 'OCN GOLD standard', but it doesn't work like that. Lots of people here have used Windows 8, some have used more than one of the preview versions and have already given, over countless threads, their opinion based on their experience and not some prejudice. If you want, you can read my review of the Developer Preview (link in my sig); I have also installed and used the Consumer Preview on my Laptop, and haven't fundamentally changed my mind about the concept.
As to your examples:
That advanced menu is sort of a bribe to advanced users - it is activated by clicking with the right mouse button on the place where once used to be the Start Menu lol, but it doesn't really add anything. Let's address its content: Programs and Features is available from the Start menu, same number of clicks, Network Connections is available from the taskbar. Power Options and Event viewer are easily accessible without leaving the desktop by writing the first letters in the search. System is available with the same number of clicks for those who have "My Computer" icon on the desktop (right click -> properties, and it actually is a lot more straightforward in meaning than "System");
Device manager is available from both the system above as well as by just typing the first few letters in search. The same with disk management, computer management and command prompt. Task manager is accessible with Ctrl+Shift+Esc (wait, aren't Windows 8 advocates defending the use of keyboard shortcuts, well, here is a useful one). Control Panel is accessible from the Start Menu, this is just making it as accessible as it was before, Windows Explorer is available as a pinned icon on the taskbar in Windows 7, so it's kind of useless in this menu. Search, well, is self evident the Start menu has it. Run is also mind-boggling. You can run anything from the search box in Windows 7. And desktop ? What does that do ? So, limited usefulness, really. Nice to have some of those items more readily available, but enthusiasts already know how to to get to them fast, it's not really a game changer.
The task manager: sure, nice improvement (although there is too much white for my comfort in that window), but again, not a game changer. You can use Windows 7's resource monitor to accomplish some of those things.
Windows explorer ribbon: a waste of space. Now if I want to make use of that very useful button that says "New folder", I have to expand the ribbon. In Windows 7 all the important things are given relevance, while the not so important things are given a differentiated treatment. The ribbon prioritizes stuff in the first tab that many people don't agree with. Copy + Paste + Cut buttons ? Isn't Windows 8 the OS where people should learn keyboard shortcuts ? I mean, I'm not even being sarcastic, but Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V (and for some people Ctrl+X too) should be common knowledge to any Windows users. If at least Microsoft would allow you to customize what functions would appear in the first tab, then it would be useful, but as it is, it's just Microsoft changing for the sake of change. A nice change would be to allow us to change it to our liking.
File transfer: not counting some preliminary benchmarks that revealed that Windows 8 was actually slower than Windows 7 (that may have been corrected since because Microsoft has issued some updates prior to general availability of the OS), that picture is meaningless. Windows 7 can also use USB 3.0 transfer speeds. I don't know who that image is aimed at, but it must at be very gullible people unwillingly making the connection between Windows 8 = USB 3.0 and Windows 7 = USB 2.0.
As to accessing programs faster - your whole example falls to the floor with just this: create a shortcut for your program on the desktop. Windows 7 boots straight to the desktop - unlike some other OS that forces people to look at tiles unless they install a third party application that restores functionality. You can place the icon anywhere on the desktop, so your mouse movement is as little as you want it to be.
Originally Posted by dharmaBum
It just occurred to me; Windows 8 interface is just like the disaster of GNOME 3. A terrible redesign in service of a non-existent Windows (Linux) tablet market that current users don't want and new users will not want to adopt.
Originally Posted by Raven.7
Originally Posted by DirectXtreme
I think someone should just port the improvements of Windows 8 into Windows 7 (like the enhanced Task Manager and the Ribbon interface for Explorer, everything that's a step forward except well... Metro), if that's possible.
That's not how programming an OS works, mate.
Actually... ahem...Platform Update for Windows Vista
Description of the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista
The Platform Update for Windows Vista and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 are end-user operating system updates that support the use of selected Windows 7 technologies on previous versions of the Windows operating system. The updates include a set of runtime libraries that enable application developers to target current releases, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as previous versions, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008
The Platform Update for Windows Vista contains the following updated technologies:
- Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library
The Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library enables developers to take advantage of the advancements in modern graphics technologies for gaming, multimedia, imaging, and printing applications. The new features include
- Updates to DirectX to support hardware acceleration for 2D, 3D, and text-based scenarios
- DirectCompute for hardware-accelerated parallel computing scenarios
- XPS Library for document printing scenarios
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
971512 Description of the Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library
The Windows Automation API enables accessibility tools and test automations to access the Windows user interface in a consistent way across operating system versions. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
971513 Description of Windows Automation API
For more information about the Windows Automation API, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
- Windows Portable Devices Platform
The Windows Portable Devices Platform supplies the infrastructure to standardize data transfers between an application and a portable device, such as a mobile phone, a digital camera, or a portable media player. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
971514 Description of Windows Portable Devices
For more information about Windows Portable Devices, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
- Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library
The Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library contains the following features:
Windows Ribbon API, a command framework that enables developers to quickly and easily create rich ribbon experiences in their applications
Windows Animation Manager API, an animation framework for managing the scheduling and execution of user interface element animations
Edited by tpi2007 - 10/22/12 at 5:47am
The Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008 is available. This update provides fixes and improvements to graphics, media foundation and print functionality in Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and in Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
This update improves the following issues in Windows Vista SP2 and in Windows Server 2008 SP2.
This update improves text rendering performance of Direct2D and conformance of Direct2D when you use Direct2D in the following modes:
- Software rendering mode.
- Hardware rendering mode with a Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP) type device driver.
This update enables the playback of MP4 files, H.264 files, and AAC files by using the Source Reader
component. Because of this improvement, a Windows compatible browser can handle contents that include the video tag of HTML 5 correctly.
This update fixes an issue in the XPS-to-GDI conversion (XGC) module when you apply the brush transform attribute of the visual brush. Before you install this update, the coordinates are drawn incorrectly if the following conditions are true:
- The viewport rectangle of the visual brush is the clip region for a graphic element.
- You apply the brush transform attribute.
In this situation, the wrong coordinates cause the output to be empty.
After you install this update, the clip region and the path of the visual brush match correctly. Therefore, the output is generated as expected.