The Seven Things I Hate About Windows 8

I have been running Windows 8 as my primary operating system for quite a few months now and I have had mixed feelings over it. There are a number of new features that I absolutely love, like the new task manager and lock screen. However, there are a few things that I think need to be addressed before the final version is released. Here is a list of the things that I don’t like about Windows 8:

The Start Button

I don’t know what Microsoft was thinking by creating an invisible Start button, but there needs to be a Start button on the Aero desktop. Period. By integrating the traditional desktop interface into the operating system, the absence of the Start button does not make sense. It seems that Microsoft omitted the Start button in an attempt to make the traditional desktop look different from Windows 7, but all it does is make it harder to navigate your way through files and folders. (At least there’s a way to bring back the old Start menu in Windows 8.)

Left to Right Scrolling

Metro is all about scrolling left and right, rather than up and down. The new scroll system just doesn’t work as well on a desktop as it would on a mobile touch device. I, like many, have grown accustomed to scrolling up and down in Windows and it seems that the mouse functionality for scrolling left and right is limited. I can understand how it would work well on touch devices, but it doesn’t have the same effect on a desktop computer as it is hard to keep track of where you are reading when you scroll from left to right. Also, there’s the fact that a traditional mouse has a scroll wheel that rotates in an up and down movement.

Charms Menu

Other than the awful name, the Charms menu is a poor substitute for the Start menu. Frankly, the Charms bar is an annoyance to use through a desktop computer and some of the settings found in the Charms menu don’t belong there. The Charms menu isn’t a great idea, particularly for a desktop operating system. Unfortunately, users have no choice but to familiarize themselves with the Charms bar because it’s not going anywhere.

The Shutdown Button

The idea of having the computer power settings hidden away in the Charms menu is absurd. Who would’ve thought hovering your mouse over the bottom right corner of your screen would open up a menu that contains the computer power settings? It’s like navigating through a maze just to switch off your computer. This needs to be addressed, because the lack of a prominent shutdown button is borderline insanity.

Aero/Metro UI

Microsoft’s attempt in creating a consistent operating system across devices is applaudable. But the integration between the two user interfaces (Aero and Metro) is just downright ugly. In fact, you would be forgiven for mistaking Windows 7 for Windows 8 because it seems like Microsoft has just slapped on a Metro user interface on top of the traditional desktop. The user interface seems incomplete and it is almost as if the Aero and Metro interfaces are separate from each other. It was always going to be a challenge to integrate two user interfaces in one operating system and, unfortunately, it seems that little thought went into the way in which the two user interfaces would be combined together.

Advertisements

No, I don’t mean the advertisements used to promote Windows 8. I’m referring specifically to the Video app. Upon opening up the Video app, you are greeted with a gallery of purchasable content from Microsoft. You then have to scroll through a bunch of advertisements to get to your own video gallery; this is unacceptable. I wouldn’t have a problem with a few small advertisements on the Video app, but it is hard to get past the fact that the advertisements are intrusive and dominate the app’s interface.

Interactive Tiles Limitation

The Seven Things I Hate About Windows 8The live tiles in the Windows 8 Metro interface are quite useful for receiving real time updates. However, the Metro tiles have a few limitations that need to be fixed. For instance, the Metro tiles aren’t interactive with older applications, such as Office 2007. Also, the information displayed in the live tiles is not customizable as only developers have the power to dictate what is shown on the live tiles. We can only hope that these limitations will be addressed before the final version of Windows 8 is released.

Before I end this article, let me make it clear that I think Windows 8 has a lot to offer and has the potential to be a successful operating system. Most of the things I pointed out are very minor and can be fixed before the final copy is released. So, I think that at the very least, a few of the things mentioned in this article should be addressed by Microsoft before the final version of Windows 8 is released.

What changes do you think Windows 8 needs before it is released? Leave a comment below!

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Article Written by

Zuhair is a passionate freelance technology writer who specializes in social media, cloud computing and business management. He is currently studying Business Administration and aspires to be an online entrepreneur. In his spare time he enjoys working out and is an aviation enthusiastic.

  • http://maartuhh.tumblr.com/ Maarten van der Blij

    I not really sure what to think about windows 8, yet. It reminds me very much of my first linux experience. It’s cool, but only for 5 min. After that, I got annoyed that it’s not windows. Maybe with technology like leap motion it could work, but I don’t know if I would want to wave at my pc for longer periods of time.

    • jhunwong

      Congratulation the only person to realize the Mouse & Touch Screen well 2D is antiquated. LEAP MOTION works at stupid tiny scales sub 1cm. To moves accross the whole screen only takes a small wave of the finger while still stupidly accurate. Microsoft just Leapfrogged everybody in GUI design. My dream machine is a Core i7 & GTX gaming Rig, 30 INCH IPS, Leap Motion and compact keyboard. Sorry Apple, Google, Sony, Nintendo you just got Blind Sided. (BTW do not argue about Brands it has nothing to do with property, just technological achievement)

  • Chris Harpner

    I have several gripes, listed in order:

    1.  Walled Garden:  Almost no one points this out (I presume because most reviewers are completely unaware of this MASSIVE change).  With the Metro UI, there is NO WAY to install apps unless you go through the Microsoft app store.  MS will have complete say in who can and can’t write Windows apps.  All the way up from DOS through Windows 7, we’ve always had complete freedom to write and distribute apps and, when, and for how much we please.  That ends with Windows 8 Metro apps.  They’ve gone nuclear against the developers.  You’ll have to get permission from Microsoft, pay them an annual fee, sign agreements, then can ONLY distribute your apps through their store.  They’ll then take 30% off the top of YOUR income.  You CANNOT distribute your software on your own web site, on disk, or any other way.  If MS decides they don’t like you, then your career as a Windows developer is over.

    2.  Metro.  Need I say more?

    3.  They’ve deprecated the desktop and have notified us, the developers, that future versions of Windows will no longer have the desktop metaphor and that Metro will be the ONLY option.  Visual Studio 11 doesn’t even have the ability to develop desktop apps.  They ALL have to be Metro apps, which means if you develop Windows apps with Visual Studio 11, you have to get permission, pay for permission, sign agreements, and can only distribute via Microsoft’s app store.

    These are completely unacceptable.  I’ve been a huge supporter for developing for Windows, but that ends with Windows 8, unfortunately.  I can’t express how much it pains me to say those words.

    • Scientific Bob

      “With the Metro UI, there is NO WAY to install apps unless you go through the Microsoft app store”

      False, there are sideloading options.  This is done for enterprises who develop apps for a specific customer or who develop apps which do not conform to the rules of the store (like for example being dependent on a specific desktop app or local database).  Consumers will be able to sideload as well (if they know how to do it).

      “MS will have complete say in who can and can’t write Windows apps”

      False.  Anyone who has visual studio (express) can write windows applications – be it metro apps or desktop apps.

      “we’ve always had complete freedom to write and distribute apps and, when, and for how much we please”

      We still do.

      “You’ll have to get permission from Microsoft”

      False.

      “pay them an annual fee, sign agreements, then can ONLY distribute your apps through their store”

      First of all, not “only”.  Second of all, it’s only logical that if you make use of this service, that you pay for it.  This isn’t any different from ANY OTHER online store, from apple’s appstore to sony ps3 store.

      “They’ll then take 30% off the top of YOUR income”

      That you are generating through THEIR services on THEIR datacenters.  Also, once your app hits 25k revenue, that number is reduced to 20%

      “You CANNOT distribute your software on your own web site, on disk, or any other way”

      False.  Enterprises will even be able to put their own repositories online.  They’ll then be able to create an account and attach permissions to it, which details wich apps you can download from that repository.  Inform yourself.  PLEASE.

      ” If MS decides they don’t like you, then your career as a Windows developer is over.”

      False. 

      ” Metro. Need I say more?”

      Yes, please.  Because up until now, not a single thing you said was actually true or accurate.  Chances are rather big that you are wrong about this as well.

      ”  They’ve deprecated the desktop ”

      No.  In fact, they’ve buffed it.  A lot.  With new features, better multi-monitor support, better storage capabilities, skydrive integration, better process management, hyper-V, built-in anti-virus, better security, more efficient power consumption,…..

      “and have notified us, the developers, that future versions of Windows will no longer have the desktop metaphor”

      As a software developer myself, I can tell you that this is 110% bullshit.  Not a single statement of this can be found.  Anywhere.  It’s to ridiculous for words.  I wonder where you are getting this stuff.  Certainly not from microsoft.

      ” and that Metro will be the ONLY option.”

      False.  If that were the case, they wouldn’t have gone through all the trouble to port the ‘desktop metaphor’ to ARM devices.

      ” Visual Studio 11 doesn’t even have the ability to develop desktop apps.”

      Yet another totally ridiculous and false statement. 

      ” They ALL have to be Metro apps, which means if you develop Windows apps with Visual Studio 11, you have to get permission, pay for permission, sign agreements, and can only distribute via Microsoft’s app store.”

      200% bullshit.

      “These are completely unacceptable.”

      Your lies and spreading of false information is what is unacceptable.

      Please… inform yourself.  You may start by reading every single post on the Building Windows 8 blog as well as the Windows Store blog so that you may retract every stupid false thing you said here.

      Literally not a single things you said was actually correct.

    • David Prouty

       Future versions of Windows will no longer have the desktop metaphor so I will be leaving for Apple now with all the rest of us users that need to get real work done. I am a diehard Windows user but this is to much.

      • Joe_HTH

        As I said before, don’t let the door knob hit you in your dumb ass on the way out. Good riddance. Let the stupid and ignorant idiots like this tool take a hike. Another useless idiot whining because he doesn’t like change. If we left it up to this idiot, Windows 20 would be exactly the same as Window 10 would be exactly the same as Windows 7 and Microsoft would be out of business.

        • CaptainCrusader

          Not all change is good change ass wipe.

        • CaptainCrusader

          Not all change is good change ass wipe.

  • platta13

    Metro. The whole concept is poorly designed and even poorly executed. Limiting a desktop operating system to 1 monitor ( i know desktop apps allow multiple, but metro is the “future”)

    • Scientific Bob

      The latest posts on Building Windows blog are hinting that it will be perfectly possible in future releases to have several metro apps open on several monitors.

      Furthermore, Metro is not “the future”. Metro is just another application model added to the windows eco system.  The desktop isn’t going anywhere. 

      • David Prouty

         Do you work for Microsoft?

        • Joe_HTH

           Did your mother have any children that lived?

          • http://www.facebook.com/Kyle.Dodge2 Kyle Dodge

            I say again:
            CHILDREN, children, play nice now.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Kyle.Dodge2 Kyle Dodge

        CHILDREN, children, play nice now.

  • http://twitter.com/jacob_rathjen Jacob Rathjen

    Windows 8 = Tablet software
    Windows 7 – Lower = PC Software

    Microsoft really need to pick up there game and decide which way they want to go in terms or the PC software market or tablet market. because at the moment I can tell they will drop in sales for the PC Software market and do better in the tablet software market, they really need to choose which way they want to go.

    Oh and another thing if they continue like this they will fall down hill.

    • ScientificBob

      “Oh and another thing if they continue like this they will fall down hill”

      If I had a dollar for every time this has been “predicted” in microsoft’s history, I’ld be playing golf with Bill Gates.

    • IanSingleton

       Totally agree there, they seem to have forgotten about all the old fashioned desktop users, which have supported them for years, not every one needs a tablet or laptop.

      • ScientificBob

        I’m a desktop user and have windows 8 installed on it.

        I have no idea what you are talking about with “them forgetting about desktop users”.

        Works just fine.  There’s nothing I can do on windows 7 (which I absolutely love) that I can’t do on windows 8.  However, there is LOTS I can do on 8 that I can’t do on 7.  Like reboot in under 1 minute.

      • Scientific Bob

        I’m a desktop user and have windows 8 installed on it.

        I have no idea what you are talking about with msft “forgetting” about desktop users.  You do realise there’s a perfectly fine desktop in windows 8 right?  One that is actually better then the one on windows 7 I might add.

        • http://www.mrtechz.com/ Zuhair Siddiqui

          It really just comes down to preference. I think what people mean by Microsoft “forgetting” about desktop users is that the metro UI is really more optimised for touch screen displays, which the majority of desktop users don’t use. I think its for this reason that Microsoft initially integrated the Aero design into Windows 8, but obviously they’ve taken that out now.  
           

          • IanSingleton

            That’s it they seem to be putting a lot more emphasis on the tablet market which is fine if you have a tablet, but if you don’t it seems to be a bit silly buying a touch screen monitor to use Windows 8 properly in the way they want you to use it, sure you can use it with a mouse and keyboard but it’s not quite the same. I am thinking more along the lines of businesses who just use Microsoft office, where I work they still use office 2003, it still does the job the things people do in normal offices hasn’t really changed that much since then.  Spreadsheets, email, word, a bit of internet, that about covers it.  I think the most  obvious upgrade will be to windows 7, so that is why I think they have over looked the regular desktop users this time around.

          • http://www.mrtechz.com/ Zuhair Siddiqui

            Yeah, or they might have made Windows 8 with a vision for the future – where touch screen displays will make keyboards and mice obsolete. I don’t believe that will happen any time soon, but Microsoft might have a different opinion. 

        • David Prouty

           For everyone that plays Angry Birds Win8 will be fine. Microsoft should be firing the engineers that served up this steaming pile of sh#t

          • Joe_HTH

             Oh look, here’s the ignorant tool again who hasn’t even tried Windows 8. Why don’t you just shut the hell up you stupid sack of shit. Please, stop posting that picture of your ugly ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001064312406 Muhammad Ammar Usmani

    WINDOWS 8 CHANGE HIS UI GRAPHICS … THE NEW AND BETTER VERSION IS LUNCH IN JULY

  • Fernefyfe

    I don’t like the fact that Windows 8 doesn’t support pop mail. That in itself would stop me from buying it

    • J-smith-1404

      I have 3 pop mail accounts running under Windows Live Mail. The Windows 8 email App
      has limited email support so far. 

  • davjacobs

    It seems Microsoft is listening as “aero” is gone!, and replaced with a metro-esque theme similar to the windows basic theme in windows 8, also the new explorer is shockingly similar to office 15’s design – this leads me to think it was always their plan to get rid of aero in windows 8.

    I’m happy the start button is gone, because it took up unnecessary space, however i would like to see a button on the desktop that takes me to the start screen, something that only occuppies the real estate between the edge of the screen and the first-adjacent pinned app. Such as a colorful but distinct line that acts as the start button. This would be great.. though I predict there will be no such change made..

  • Jayson Post

    Judging by what others have commented just verifies what I was thinking this operating system is turning into: another Apple-like product (the iDevices not the the actual computers). and with what I’m looking at and hearing with reviews I’m to the point where I will stick with Windows 7 for as long as I can. When that gets too outdated for me to use, I will go over to Linux. At least I can choose the feel in the interface and have plenty of options with software.

    • Scientific Bob

      Windows 8 is NOTHING like anything Apple has ever produced.

      Don’t believe the misinformation. 

      Like I said in another comment here, there is NOTHING you can do on windows 7 that you can’t do on windows 8.  If windows 7 is fine, windows 8 most certainly is as well.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/U266CZY5VX2WTEUBAQZRJ6V4SY Alpheus

        You keep repeating that, and I suppose technically, it’s true–much as it’s true that there is NOTHING you can do in C++ or Common Lisp, that you can’t do in GW-BASIC. That’s the power of Turing-Completeness.

        So, technically, that’s true, but I’d still much rather program in a higher-level language, than a lower-level one. And I have a feeling that Windows 8 is a step down from Windows 7.

        Of course, a couple of dislaimers are in order: I use Linux, and will continue to use Linux, because Windows is lousy. If they get around to copying a good Linux feature, they somehow twist it to make it awful. (I still shudder when I think of my attempts to “tab-complete” in a Windows shell, or when I tried their optional multiple-desktop plugin. And I *still* can’t select-then-click to copy text. Ugh!)

        My only encounter of Windows 8 so far was when I borrowed a co-worker’s laptop for a week, with the hope that I could use it to recover from a failed Linux laptop. (The laptop wasn’t helpful, due to hardware incompatibilities.) I couldn’t *do* anything in Windows 8. I had to restart the laptop whenever I wanted to close anything down. I couldn’t even figure out how to get back to that stupid Metro interface, once I got to that Aero interface. The system just didn’t make any sense!

        That isn’t to say that I’m not open to new things. I like Android’s interface, and I’d like to tweak it to make it better suit my needs. (For example, I *hate it* that Android, and not me, determines when a program is closed.) But the difference between Android’s interface, and Windows 8, is that you could figure things out in Android just by poking at the screen. With Windows 8, not so much.

  • Ben

    @ ScientificBob:
    Can’t decide if you’re a paid spokesperson for Microsoft or just a huge fanboi of Windows 8. In any event, I believe that of the people who have actually tried Windows 8, more people DISlike it than like it. This is based on my non-scientific research reading various articles, blogs, reviews, and … oh yeah … trying Windows 8 myself. As the author said, some of the features are great. But others leave a lot to be desired. Too many people have thrown their hands up in frustration because Microsoft has thus far failed to provide an in-depth comparison of Windows 8 features to the same features in previous Windows versions … and how to access those features. With the purported RTM just a few months away, I think Microsoft needs to do some serious damage control right now if they don’t want Windows 8 to be their next albatross. (Anyone remember Windows Me and Vista? Good systems but pretty much scorned by the masses.)

  • http://rubengomezradioboy.tumblr.com/ Rubén Gómez Radioboy

    You are wrong. Windows 8 is the first Windows I like. Is the first time Microsoft make a good OS.

    • http://twitter.com/Legendaddy2 Charles Hu

      pcs =/ tablets 

  • http://jacnoc.tumblr.com/ Joshua

    It seems me and the article writer are on the same page of thought. I applaud you!
    I seriously think that Windows 8 will be the Operating System that either turns me into a fulltime Mac user or Linux user (possibly with Windows 7 running virtually for compatibility with Windows-only programs)

    • Joe_HTH

       Don’t let the door knob hit your in your dumb ass on the way out.

  • IanSingleton

     Damned right lets hope it isn’t vista 2 I really want to like Windows 8 but I’m not convinced.  When Windows 7 was being released I couldn’t wait for the upgrade this time I will be waiting to read the reviews first.

  • johnwerneken

    Well taken comments. Myself I think boot times, updates without reboots, ISO mounts, VMs and Hypervisor, and even the AV WinDefender, make win8 the best OS since 3.11.

    SHUTDOWN: is on the cntrl-alt-del menu that accesses Task Manager. It is also on my third-party start button and start menu (of which there are so many now I don’t want to get into that lol) (startbuttonx.exe and startmenux.exe are the ones I use).

  • Trek2500

    it might be time to get a mac for me 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688046780 facebook-688046780

    I hate everything about Win8 except one thing. The new activity monitor window is far better than Win7. Other than that, Win8 is going backwards on all it’s features compared to Win7. Microsoft thinks they are putting out a tablet UI on a desktop computer.

    • Joe_HTH

       Once again, more bullshit from the completely ignorant.

  • http://twitter.com/Rx3Mer Radoslav Angelov

    its not practical for PC and I don’t have tablet.

  • Jasoco

    Personally I think MS made a big mistake going the opposite way of Apple here. Apple had a desktop OS for their Macs and a new phone OS for their phones and iPods. When the iPad came out they put the phone OS on the tablet with new features that make the two pretty much brother and sister. Google did the same thing with Android. There’s one Android OS now that works on both phones and tablets.

    Microsoft however decided it was smarter, and who knows how it’s smarter, to put the full desktop OS on a tablet. When they had a perfectly fine phone OS that they could have expanded to work properly on their tablets. Then to make matters worse, they are pushing for tablet features all over the OS and confusing the hell out of users. Especially new ones or ones who are not very computer centric to begin with. Why put Windows itself, an OS designed for keyboard and mouse, on a tablet, a device with a completely different User Input system than a desktop computer, which uses a completely different paradigm, when you have a phone OS, which already uses the finger-touch paradigm, that would have been so much more oriented for a tablet, which is a computer that’s supposed to be small and easy to use and take with you? Stupidest thing they could have done! Gaming? No. Because the people who want games for Windows aren’t going to be playing on a tablet, and people who want to play games on a tablet could have played those games on an OS made specifically for a tablet.

    I personally think tablets running a special Windows Phone 7 (Or 8) version made specifically FOR tablets would have been much better. Apple may be bringing certain iPad features over to OS X, but they’re done the way that makes sense for their environment. The way Windows 8 is going, it’s going to alienate so many users. You’d think Microsoft’s long-term goal is to rid the world of desktop computers, which is not going to happen for either Windows or Mac or even Linux, especially since a lot of gamers don’t want games made for touch input.

    Those are my personal feelings on the whole thing. You’d think they learned something from Apple and Google, but apparently not. I guess the “every other Windows is a flop” thing really is going to continue being true. Metro should have stayed on the phone where it makes sense. Tablets shouldn’t be full PC’s, they should be low-power computers designed for battery life, not to run desktop applications.

    • Joe_HTH

       LOL! What the hell can Microsoft learn from Google, other than how to rip off other companies IP when making a shitty OS? Android sucks on phones, it’s even worse on tablets. As for Apple, OS X has about 6% market share. Windows has 90+%. Case closed.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/U266CZY5VX2WTEUBAQZRJ6V4SY Alpheus

        Well, I suppose that’s true. But Google only learned from the best! (Oh, and Apple took a few lessons from the Master themselves.)

      • gbyers72

        lol look at your dislikes pfft Microsoft fanboy!

        • Brian Davies

          That response would suggest you’re an Apple fanboy lol. Why is someone a fanboy for having an opinion or liking something which you don’t?
          Ooh, I hate that…so if you don’t you must be an MS fanboy LOL.

          • gbyers72

            No I’m more of an Android one to tell the truth :)

      • Brian Davies

        I love Windows 8 and will shortly have it on all of my computers. I can’t agree with you about Android, however. I went from iPhone to Galaxy and I could never go back. Android phones are way more computer-like. Create folders, rename/move/copy/save files to where you want them. Open a side-by-side explorer app and drag and drop files. Brilliant system. Voice recognition is first class, Google Voice Search is great, etc.

    • myangeldust

      In love with Jobs? He’s dead you know and not resurrecting. I never saw the need in being loyal to a computer system. Most people buy one or the other and get things done. Obviously, people with Macs have more money to spend (or their parents do). Whilst everyone else buys WinPCs. The other systems are either legacy systems (Unix) or used by contrarians… angry at the world (Linux). Your hatred for a corporation that doesn’t even know you exist is laughable at best… and sad.

      The single reason for iOS? You can’t run MacOS on a mobile device. That’s it. It’s not because of “genius”, it’s just necessity. Did you read the rest of your comment? People won’t play games on tablets. Wha? Google as an example of what to do right. That’s a joke right? They don’t even make anything useful – it is a billboard company. Their search engine does tracking better than searching.

      I give Apple much credit. Fast OS, nice designs. (Wait for it.) But their designs haven’t been that innovative for 6 or 7 years. Their OS hasn’t been made more intuitive to newcomers since the almighty Dock (not an Apple invention). Still expensive to use. Closed source system. It has been forced into interoperability with other systems by its isolated business users. Apple still wants to remain the gated homeowners association community of the computer world.

  • David Prouty

     For everyone that plays Angry Birds Win8 will be fine. I expect that every power user will find Apple products closer to the Windows experience than Windows itself. I have been a long time diehard Windows user. I hate this new interface. This suggests an internal problem at Microsoft and a lack of vision. I predict failure for Microsoft in the business, power user and creative sectors. Microsoft you need to fire those that have championed this project, they will be the end of your company.

    • Joe_HTH

       How many times are you going to post this, asshole?

      • http://twitter.com/badocelot James M. Jensen II

        I could ask you the same question.

  • David Prouty

    For everyone that plays Angry Birds Win8 will be fine. I expect that every power user will find Apple products closer to the Windows experience than Windows itself. I have been a long time diehard Windows user. I hate this new interface. This suggests an internal problem at Microsoft and a lack of vision. I predict failure for Microsoft in the business, power user and creative sectors. Microsoft you need to fire those that have championed this project, they will be the end of your company.

    • Joe_HTH

       The worthless tool again. Can someone please kicked this idiot in the face until he stops moving?

  • Pixilicious

    The Windows 7 interface works just fine on the desktop; Metro does not and I won’t ever use it. Period. When M$ introduced the ribbon in Office, I wouldn’t touch that product until 3rd parties found a way of returning the old menu system and I won’t touch 8 on the desktop until it can be made to work/function EXACTLY like 7

    • Joe_HTH

       You haven’t used it at all, and it’s plainly obvious to see you haven’t.

      • Brian Davies

        It’s fantastic. The worst thing Microsoft did was to put out a consumer preview without instructions. For those of us who are very computer savvy – it’s a piece of cake. Try a few shortcut keys here and there, click this and that and before you know it, you have it figured out.
        The average consumer is useless, sad to say. I have met that many people, for example, who don’t even know what Styles are in MS Word and had no clue you could customize toolbars in Office 97, etc. it amazes me. How are those people going to figure out Windows 8? lol.
        I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro and absolutely love it. Flying around it within 2 days and now everything is second nature (one week on).

        • lola

          great do u want us to send you a cookie

          • Brian

            Well there’s no cookie for you, arriving 2 years too late for the party! :-p

    • rnx

      Oh well why do you need 8 at all then? Stick to 7! Even if someone decides to make 8 behave like 7, that is.

    • Brian Davies

      Thank God the software is not developed by closed-minded people like you. I am yet to meet a person who learnt to use the Ribbon Bar in Office who would ever go back to the menus of old. Yes, I did have highly customized toolbars in Word 97, but OMG I could never go back to that now.
      I can’t be bothered typing paragraphs of information as to why the Ribbon Bar is far better, but please also note in Office 2010 you can edit/set up your own customized Ribbon Bars.

  • jhunwong

    LEAP MOTION 3D people. You all just got schooled by Microsoft. Every was too stupid to workout why MS did this massive change, their simple mind just didn’t like it. 2D Mouses and TouchScreens are ANTIQUATED. My dream desktop is a Core i7 + GTX, 30 INCH IPS, small keyboard and LEAP MOTION. Running Win8 METRO with all the gestures on a 2.5 FEET screen.

  • Joe_HTH

    LOL! There is no Aero in Windows 8.

  • Joe_HTH

    LOL! So because he owned that ignorant fool who told one lie after another, that means he must works for Microsoft? What a tool you are.

    “I believe that of the people who have actually tried Windows 8, more
    people DISlike it than like it. This is based on my non-scientific
    research reading various articles, blogs, reviews, and … oh yeah
    … trying Windows 8 myself.”

    Thank you for your highly scientific and highly accurate assessment. Idiot!

    “Anyone remember Windows Me and Vista? Good systems but pretty much scorned by the masses.”

    Oh, you mean the OS that sold 250 million copies, more than 4 times what OS X has sold in it’s entire lifetime. Apple would kill for those kinds of flops.

    As for you using Windows 8, it’s apparent you haven’t used it at all. You’re just whining like a bitch because something’s different.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/U266CZY5VX2WTEUBAQZRJ6V4SY Alpheus

      As someone who has used Linux for several years now, and have only found both Windows or Mac OS, in their various incarnations, to be “blah”, what is so special about Windows 8 that’s going to make me want to switch?

      Oh, I know! The fact that every way to access everyday tasks is so well-hidden, that if I want to do anything, I have to reset the device! I *never* get to do that when I’m using Linux! Or even Android!

      And while that “one ignorant fool” may have told one “lie” after another (which in some cases weren’t lies at all), there was enough truth in what he said that I’m convinced Microsoft is becoming as hostile towards developers, as Apple is to theirs. The fact that they are trying to unify their ecosystem only makes me want to avoid that ecosystem even more.

      Microsoft deserves 30% of profits, just because they provide a platform for you to distribute your programs? If they *really* wanted to be competitive, why not ask for 20%, or 10%? *Especially* when we’re talking about an ecosystem, where individuals and developers alike, are used to freely distributing their software?

    • http://www.facebook.com/simonrwaters Simon Waters

      At the risk of feeding the troll… Market share means little. Ferrari have a much smaller market share than Ford, so clearly Ford cars are universally better than Ferraris in every possible way, and anyone liking any feature of a Ferrari or suggesting they might have features of interest is clearly a dolt, right Joe?

  • Joe_HTH

     Nobody cares what you do. Do it and shut up.

    • http://twitter.com/TheAppleuser101 Atul Aggarwal

      Why don’t you shut up, Mac OS X owns Windows anyday

      • nabnab

        maybe in a parallel universe, where silly dreams come true

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/U266CZY5VX2WTEUBAQZRJ6V4SY Alpheus

      Yeah, I’m sure. Like Microsoft is just *itching* to send everyone to Linux and Apple!

  • gerryrivers86

    I like the new windows 8, the charms menu needs some added features but overall its a smart idea, adding the start button, settings, control panel, sharing options, and search all by clicking the right side of the computer, tablet, or other device is brilliant, no further need for a start menu which is slowly dying out in almost all major devices anyways.

    The Metro tiles can’t support older programs as they are made particularly for metro inspired programs like the new Office 2013, Microsoft already stated that.

    The Video & Music apps i agree needs some beefing up and leave the advertisements to the far end of the screen however placing my main files at the center and front view of the screen.

  • Robin Perks

    There is no way I will be switching over to this terrible new Windows… I tried it out for a few hours, and was disgusted! I absolutelty hate it with a passion!

  • Maria Deslis

    I was under the impression that Windows 8 was simply being created to make Windows Phones and Tablets become better. But as far as using it on a PC though, does not seem like a good idea.

  • Daryl

    If I wanted a tablet, I would get a tablet.

    Leave that crap off my PC.

    • Brian Davies

      Have you never been on your smart phone and thought “gee, I wonder why some of these type of apps are not on computers”? Many apps are way better than their website counterparts (more visually attractive and easier to read/use). We now have these in Windows 8. The best of both worlds. If you genuinely dislike the new Start menu, fire up your PC, click on the desktop tile and never go back for the rest of the day. If it pops up when you are doing a search, so what? Big deal.

  • mustufa1

    I don’t want the tablets. Also they should have the start menu on the desktop like in windows 7 since it was very hard for me to find it and I couldn’t find the control panel at the start menu. Microsoft has made this so complicated and it is very disorganized. It’s not all in one like windows 7 start menu where you can easy browse through programs and you can see the power option there unlike in windows 8 you can’t find power button. So these things needs to be changed by Microsoft because consumers are going to have difficulty using windows 8.

  • joerocket

    IOS, Android and WebOS may be different but the UI looks like an application. Metro is neither here nor there. Try to convert a WinForm UI into Metro? I dare you. Coding set aside, I cant even conceptualize its design. Its too abstract. That to me is the biggest problem. Even a webpage layout to Metro makes my head spin.

  • Jeff

    Windows 8 simply needs to be scrapped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292299949 Nino Brunori

    My personal feeling is that I really like the developer preview and if some creative hacker out there can make it 100% I would rather use that as a successor or just to run my games. Otherwise I’ll just stick with my previous posts that I’m done with Windows.
    I can use Linux and wine or a Hackintosh. Heck, I can use Linux and Virtual Box to use old software.

    Is someone out there going to prove to me that there will be something on a true Windows 8 machine that I need or can’t use unless I have one? I don’t think so.

    Unless I get a direct answer from Bill Gates himself then I’m going to believe with all my being that they intentionally gave up the Desktop market in favor of Tablets.

  • myangeldust

    Windows 3 didn’t have a Start button. MacOS doesn’t have a Start button. In fact, those two are pretty similar when you think about it. So a screen that displays all of your applications as big customizable tiles is NOT as effective as a colorful orb in the corner of your screen that opens up like a Russian nesting doll? How does this logic work? How does a scrolling screen filled with big buttons loose out to an empty screen with a task/menu bar? Seriously, put someone who’s never touched a computer before in front of Win8 and then in front of Win7 or MacOS and see which system that person figures out how to use faster. (Don’t use yourself as the example because engineers can’t use their imagination.)

    Let’s briefly touch on the other things you fear more than girls: left-right (bad?) vs up-down (good?); Charms (because menus that appear out of nowhere scary the crap out of you); appearing ShutDown button (because you’d rather click the Apple icon); video gallery (maybe Apple can sue for similarities with iTunes); Preview version Tiles not customizable enough (Wha).

    Dude, it’s like you’re SO into your geekness you simply don’t understand how regular people operate. People (not users) have been asking for a simpler way to use the interface. This is their solution to the problem. If you had to do it you’d probably tell your customers, “Hey, this empty screen with a bar at the top is really easy – ya’ll are just stupid.”
    PS: Jobs figured this out some years ago when he released iOS. OMG! Buttons on a left-right scrolling screen that lead to programs? What was he thinking? (Cancer, probably.)

  • Jimmi Shrode

    #firesteveballmer

  • Brian Davies

    I’d like to know what everyone thinks they are missing without the “traditional” Start button/menu. Most people have desktop and/or taskbar shortcuts for quick access to programs. We still have that. Control Panel, Run, Search are equally as easy to get to as Windows 7. Press the new Start button and start typing for Search. Press Ctrl+X or right-click the new Start button and see what you get! A handy pop-up menu with more useful items than appeared on the right-hand side of the traditional Start menu.
    All I see is a bunch of cry babies who haven’t opened their eyes yet.

  • Steve

    This is a really a dumb article. The desktop is still there. Hit the windows button and D – done. You need a quick way to shutdown – ctrl+alt+delete. Did we forget how to run windows? I am a sys admin and it works flawlessly as far as I can tell. You aren’t forced to use the metro accept to get to the desktop if you want. and if you used the start menu a lot, it’s now in Metro….whoa. Seriously, let’s not freak out about a little change.

  • Robert

    Debian Linux all the way baby

  • Ravindu Liyanapathirana

    Oh GOD! This is Crap!