Windows 8: Embrace Or Reject?

Windows 8: The Good

Windows 8 Start Screen

First of all, let’s look at what has been well-received – the Metro interface in general has received positive reviews from the press. It is delightful, it is informative, and it lends itself to touch. The OS is truly fast and fluid. Switching from one app to the other is quick, with gentle animations which provide the impression of being fluid. There is no lag between clicking a tile and the app opening, despite this release being a “beta”. If you are on a touch device (most likely you won’t be, since previous Windows tablets have generally been bad, but work with me here) the edge gestures are intuitive. Swipe from the various edges to trigger various actions: opening previously run apps, making contextual “app bars” visible, or opening the new Charms bar which allows further interaction with the rest of the system.

Charms Bar

Speaking of Charms bar, that is yet another feature of the OS which has been received well. If app developers would embrace the various Charms (as they should), you get a vibrant flow of information from one app to the other in a very natural way. For example, the Photos app could very easily share with a twitter app, without the twitter app developer knowing anything about the Photos app. Similarly, an RSS reader app could be sharing with a Facebook app without knowing that an article in the app could be shared with Facebook.

Generally speaking, all the new features added have been received well by most of the folks who have used the Consumer Preview. Most.

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Romit Mehta

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  • Good one.

  • A new Metro-style interface has been added that was designed for touch screen input in addition to mouse, keyboard, and pen input.

  • The day Microsoft makes a working, logical, user-intuitive/friendly, and stable environment is the day I will consider (note that word) being back in their camp. However, 30 years of experience tells me not to hold my breath. If Microsoft had to compensate me monetarily for all the years of frustration their products have put me through, I would be as wealthy as Bill gates himself.

    I even, recently, dumped Microsoft Word off of my Mac and started using Apple’s “Pages” to finish a book I am working on. Literally, formatting a picture to do what I wanted took 7 mouse clicks in Word. Pages takes only 2 for the same operation. I was amazed. Also, it was not uncommon for pictures, once Word reloaded the book for another work session, to ignore their settings and randomly be moved anyway. So far Pages has been flawless…. way too many “Microsoft Moments” in my history to not be skeptical.

  • Micro$oft is doing to windoze what Canonical did to Ubuntu…forcing users to new UI and making users fight their OS just to get things done. The purpose of the OS is help get tasks done not force you to waste so much time trying how get tasks done efficiently.