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Windows 8.1: My Opinion Elaborated


Worth reading every bit of it, but this paragraph is just HOMERIC:

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... I don't normally like to post opinions, especially negative ones, on the front page. In this case, I can't resist, as this bastardization of Windows makes me quite angry. Having used every version of Microsoft's operating systems since 1988 (MS-DOS 5.0), this is the first time I truly believe that Microsoft has lost its way. To put it bluntly, Windows 8.1 is a mish-mash of interfaces, and in some cases borderline deceptive options, mainly to serve Microsoft's dubious ambitions in the mobile device arena, rather than consumers and businesses. It will only serve to further confuse and alienate the average PC user, and hasten the PC's demise. I've used Windows 8 as my daily OS since the Preview back in June 2012, and I can honestly say it seems like one step forward, four steps back when compared to Windows 7 ...


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    I just read the whole article, and I'm with him 100% on everything he mentions about Windows 8.  Unfortunately, it is being forced on users by OEM manufacturers who I believe are getting Windows 8 for a good price from Microsoft.  If you ask me, I actually like Windows Vista over Windows 8.  Vista is not as bad as it was hyped to be—I'm typing this from a Vista machine.  Get Vista 4 GB of RAM and it works just fine.

    I find it hard to believe that they removed the Windows Experience Index.  More sales for PassMark, I guess. wink.gif

    Thank you for sharing this! thumb.gif
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From the same author:

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... I don't disagree that Windows 8 runs reasonably well across a range of computing platforms. Where we differ is that I believe that the compromises baked into Windows 8 in order to achieve this "unified" interface dilute and dumb down the Desktop experience - again, mainly to push Metro and the Windows Store onto Desktop users. I would feel the same way if you tried to force iOS or Android onto my Desktop PC. As DPI says, it's a "poorly executed attempt at customer lockin and attempted aping of Apple's vertical integration."

And yes, lack of choice really is what I am talking about.

I've been using Microsoft operating systems for 25 years, including a rather bumpy transition from the MS-DOS text-based interface to the Windows graphical user interface. It's interesting to note that although Microsoft transitioned its OS from DOS to GUI a quarter century ago, the DOS prompt has remained to this day in emulated form in every version of Windows. Microsoft didn't just tell everyone that DOS was "less efficient", and that "Windows is the future, so who needs DOS?" and simply remove access to it holus-bolus from the OS. Yet the transition from Windows 7 to 8 has already seen the removal of the Start Menu, and a range of other tactics to get people to use Metro and various MS owned online-based services, for no good technical or efficiency reasons.

You want to know the correct way to get people to use a new interface/environment like Metro? By making it a genuinely more useful alternative to the current method. By making it more intuitive, more efficient, more attractive on a Desktop PC. This is what happened in the DOS to GUI transition; people like me who had several years of DOS commands under our belts at first felt a bit disgruntled about what we considered a dumbing down of the DOS interface with Windows. But within a brief period of using Windows, the numerous advantages become self-evident, and most of us voluntarily switched from the DOS to the Windows way of doing things. Compare and contrast to Windows 8, which I've been using as my daily OS since June 2012. At one point I was spending almost 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, using it intensively while writing my Windows 8 book, over a period of several months. That gave me plenty of time to become acquainted with Windows 8, to learn to love the Franken-GUI. And I honestly just couldn't accept it. It just isn't intuitive or efficient on a desktop PC. The best I could do in the end, after finishing my book, was to find several third party tools, like Start8, to make it as much like Windows 7 as possible. I'd be back on 7 in a flash if it wasn't for the fact that I need to keep across the latest developments in Windows 8 for my guides and articles.

Yet the opposite happened with my XP to Vista transition: I eagerly adopted Vista, because although some of the new features were a bit rough-edged, I could see the logic and usefulness of them for Desktop users, I found the changes reasonably intuitive, and I could see them evolving into something better - which they did with each Service Pack, and finally in the form of Windows 7.

The key issue here comes down to this: it's not wrong to like using Windows 8, and it's not wrong to hate using Windows 8. Loving or hating an OS is personal preference. But arguing that Windows 8 is the future of desktop computing because it's more efficient, or that removing useful features is a good thing, or that providing people with misleading or deceptive prompts is a good thing, can be proven to be objectively wrong.

Microsoft had a chance with Windows 8.1 to correct the mistakes made with Windows 8, after receiving a flood of feedback, most of which was negative, with relatively poor sales to back it up. Microsoft has shown however that it wants to keep plowing ahead, blinkers on, deaf to the feedback, because it honestly thinks that it will cash in on the mobile device market. I really do hope that when the inevitable happens and they lose more desktop users than they gain in mobile users, Windows 9 reverses this folly.

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