Mar 01 2012
I installed the 64-Bit version of the newly available Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Dell XPS M1530 notebook today. The same machine that I had used to take a look at the Developer Preview of Windows 8 last year.
I also gave this machine to the Director Operations of my company, and as expected, he shared my opinion:
No, we will NOT upgrade to this version of Windows. “Everything is getting worse”, he agreed. The only problem is that this statement also includes almost all current Linux desktop distributions and also OS X. Lion already sucked, but Mountain Lion sucks even more. Unity sucks. Linux Mint does not have a clear and convincing design approach. And Windows 8′s “Metro” feels as wrong as it gets.
Do I have to spell it out again for the software industry? We. Use. Real. Computers. NOT TABLETS. And this is NOT going to change. Ever. When will the GUI designers in charge accept defeat and go back to designing something that would actually be useful for a system with a keyboard and a mouse?
It is my belief that Windows 8 will be another “Vista-disaster” for Microsoft. Nobody will want to use it. Just like Vista, this version of Windows will only gain market share through pre-installed OEM systems. Only a fistful of people who always want to have “the latest and greatest” will go and buy a Windows 8 upgrade DVD.
So, let’s all wait for Windows 9 which will hopefully correct most of the awful design choices that Microsoft is going to introduce with Windows 8.
Congratulations, Redmond. This will be the first version of Windows since Windows 3.0 that I will neither buy nor use.
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