I had a look at it and as a techie I was quickly frustrated by the user interface which seems to make the assumtion that people are chubby fingered half-wits, even on a tablet that would get on my nerves
I actually feel very sad for Microsoft. They have incredibly smart people but they are all seem to be under appreciated and relegated to obscure corner of some obscure building working on a deadend product. I worked at Microsoft as a consultant and they offered me a prd mgmt job during the project. But for the one year I was there, I went through 4 Product mgrs on the same product! Worse they have 3 different product mgrs for the same product and meetings drags on with all 3 battling wits and screams to get their feature/bug/timeline etc accepted. Found out the worse aspect of that cut throat environment was the tremendous overlap of responsibilities so our meetings were endless battles. Their high/mid-managers are the worst I've ever worked with. So sad... PS> Did you know that they had over 800 SQA people working on IE6 at the time?
it's a solid product if your pockets are but as users, if we quit using, they go on to developing something new. it isn't their fault we can't keep up, but they need to stay on their customers schedule as well. We don't have thousands to keep building new boxes...I got a P111 win 98 coming on deck...
I actually like the preview. I find myself drawn to the mail app more and more. I also like the ribbon interface in explorer. The metro interface isn't something I'm super hot on but I could get used to it. LOVE the lock screen.
btw I've installed and ran Windows 8 preview earlier like Chris did but unlike Chris who asked his father to try it as a user testing. I tried it and I could NOT for the life of me figure out how to exit out of the programs I launched. There is something to be said for continuity like have you noticed iPhone's interface between v1 to v4? nothing! That's why you can have 200M people all using it. All of my windows machine from xp to vista to 7 all have the exact same plain XP interface. Why do they do this drastic UI/X changes? Oh I know..when you have the same shitty os underneath.. you have to change something bout it so that it looks/feels "new"... makes sense.
It's a symptom of what happens to most of these big companies. They start off being run by visionaries and people who really care about what they do. As they expand the visionaries get pushed out and marginalized by the bean counters who lack imagination and the courage to trust the creatives. Pretty soon you have products produced by unimaginative committees that people don't want. So they start to badly copy what others are doing in the hope that "me too" will suffice as a business model.
People bitch about Windows 8 and they haven't even used it (or have briefly), or you would realise the learning curve from Windows 7 to 8 is very small (less than an hour) and no amount of videos of old people not being able to use it won't change that.
+Gordon McIntosh The other challenge is the "installed base". When a company is small and has few customers, it is easy to make major changes. When a company sets the industry-standard for a product and everyone is accustomed to how it works, even minor changes can offend a lot of customers. So when a company makes major changes for the worse, they can really anger people and push them into their competitors' arms.
Metro could of been better. Actually supporting ARM is huge IMO. The search feature is extremely fast at finding programs/files. When I first downloaded it the missing start button was a bit of a suprise but once you realize you have MUCH more options by just dragging the mouse to either corner is a huge imporvement once you get used to it. Sorry, I just don't see businesses moving to Linux GUI's anytime soon, not enough third party support (yet) and that is why MS still dominates the PC market..
oddly enough Windows 8 represents MS's refocus on consumer needs... at the cost of business needs... look at Windows 8 and tell me they had big business in mind.. I don't think you can. whether or not they'll be successful is another story.
Honestly I think windows 8 will do okay, I have let a couple of non tech savvy and my parents and they all seem to like it. The only thing I think microsft should do differently is include a small tutorial option at first boot to explain the corner system.
Not the direction I was going. Touch and trackball pointer devices are whats now the next innovation is what I am talking about. I.E. eye movement detection could be interesting if its done correctly. Imagine never having to take your hands off the home keys and using something as simple as your line of sight.
I'm pretty sure the post is asking what you like about windows 8 not on your opinions about why a very successful companies products are crap in your opinion. If you don't like whats available then go make something for yourself. You wonder why everything is crap its because everyone bitches about what is and doesn't innovate what could be. Why is Bill Gates still on top? wtf did you do today?
+Brad House. Yeah man ... you are so correct in saying " its about what you like about windows 8 " . That was my mistake ... but windows 8 still have to fix so many bugs as I'm gonna find a good hack to start session using metasploit and hence that could shows up my work . What I work and what I do everyday .. :D
Avi Nash glad to see another metasploit enthusiast! I developed a few modules for the 8 beta that were succesful have not tried them on the 8 actual although im sure a few holes still exist. Reverse cli is possible good luck