Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo
I have personally used Windows 8. I have also commented several times on it. I have never, however, jumped to hyperbole or made a claim that Win8 is "terrible", "useless", etc. No one accused me otherwise, I am simply stating my background on this discussion.
Here is my perspective:
For starters, I tend to be pretty neutral to Microsoft. I run their OS on every rig in my house (currently 5 - 4 Win7, 1 XP). My son and I I use an alternative to Office (OpenOffice) but my wife and daughter use the real thing. None of use use IE; we all use either Firefox or Pale Moon. My son is the only console gamer here, and he plays exclusively on an xbox 360. I don't love MS, I don't hate MS, they are just another software company.
As far as gadgets go, my wife and I have Android phones, my son has an ipad, and I have a Kindle Fire HD. None of us own or regularly use a MS based phone or tablet. Again, it isn't that MS gadgets are terrible, I just feel that other companies do it better.
On the topic of Windows 8...it didn't really impress me. It's a decent enough OS, but it didn't really bring enough to the table to convince me personally that it was worth an upgrade. Every possible use I have for my computer can be done just as easily (or easier) on Win7 as it can on Win8. My mouse and keyboard do everything I need them to do, so I don't really need a touch interface. I know enough about security to keep myself and my family reasonably well protected, so minor security upgrades won't affect me much. I'm not an FPS/benchmark junkie, so minor speed improvements won't even be noticeable. I don't use an MS gadget, so a common interface between devices isn't an issue to me.
Here's the thing MS needs to realize - they already have the fans, and they will never have the haters. It's the people like me they need to try to win over. In my personal opinion
, removing key familiar features such as the start menu, forcing unnecessary features like metro, and locking it down so the users have to resort to third party apps just to bring back basic functionality is no way to win me over.
In regards to the original article - meh, I'd be more likely to believe it if there was a source or an actual quote.