dhicks (6th December 2012)
In my mind I've renamed it Windows Hate for the same reasons as most. I am amazed that MS make such big mistakes. When I saw Vista for the first time and the UAC it took me a nanosecond to decide that it was a terrible feature. Yes they improved it by reducing the alerts but how the hell does this stuff go unnoticed or unchallenged before it gets out? They couldn't even be bothered to put a windows logo on start-up for Vista, it's just shabby. In Windows 7 they didn't get much wrong if anything, and now onto 8 and they get rid of the start menu. Let me think for a nanosecond, not a good idea. At the very least give me a choice.
I took one look at the Beta and realised it wasn't meant for desktops. The only people who are going to buy it on a desktop are private customers buying from wherever they buy from. We 'corporate/education' customers had XP downgrade licenses right through Vista and well into 7. I've no doubt we'll be able to get 7 downgrade licenses too, if we continue to buy desktops. When we buy tablets, if they're not Android or iOS, they'll be Windows 8.
Whichever one they get right.
You're gonna hate me for this, but the one that's really pressed my button lately is the iPad Mini one, don't know if you get it over there, with an iPad and a Mini side-by-side, both displaying a piano keyboard, with some fingers playing a duet on both screens. No voiceover, nothing. just the duet. Slick, slick, so slick advertising.
On a sadder note, I also find myself enjoying the BT Infinity three-students-in-a-flat series of ads. You almost definitely DON'T get those.
You can probably Youtube them, if you must.
But don't blame me if you do.
had it on main desktop at home for a few days.....................................hated it!
I just stuck Windows 8 on a grumpy colleague's laptop - revenge OS!
mattx (6th December 2012)
A really annoying bug is the way the picture viewer splits all my landscape pictures in half and shows the left hand side twice. Strange. I've googled, but can't find anyone else this is happening to. It briefly shows the picture correctly before replacing it with 2 left sides. The original pictures aren't getting changed - it's just the way it shows them. Any ideas, anyone?
I like the way the search charm thing can search anything - once you understand how to use it. I think I'm beginning to understand it.
I now have Windows 8 on my private laptop and my administrative desktop. It's slowly growing on me as I begin to understand it. Compare this with my Android phone which I loved from the moment I saw it in the shop. There was very little "learning" to be done with Android.
Remember how much oprobrium XP got in 2002? Techs (me included) really didn't like it. Eventually we all came to love it. There were 2 XPs though: pre SP2 which was very malware prone, had no firewall, and optional (and kludgy) Windows Update. SP2 fixed all this all this. Hopefully there'll be a Win8 SP which will tweak things in the right direction.
I think the thing I'm least kean on is the flat GUI. But this isn't just MS - it's a trend that started in the industry about 2 years ago. Everyone's getting rid of the shiny, 3D rendered icons that make an OS pleasing to look at. We're going retro with icons that look like hi-res versions of Windows 3.1 and a 256 colour pallette. It's hard on the eyes. I don't see any need for this on a proper-sized monitor.
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