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Windows 8: Is it really terrible and weak?
 - http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows/21367/windows-8-it-really-terrible-and-weak-itbwcw - A usability guru, Jakob Nielsen, loudly slams Windows 8, calling it weak and terrible. Will Microsoft fans take this lying down? You must be kidding.

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+Richi Jennings , let me preface the following by stating that I am not a Microsoft guy and have not taken the window platform more seriously for anything other than gaming since the mid-nineties. For years at work and home, the majority of my computing needs have been *nix based.

Having said that, I have to acknowledge that I understand where MS is going here. I understand their vision. One interface across all platforms. One interface that looks and feels radically different from what the windows user base has come to expect and depend upon. They are betting almost everything that a unified look and feel across desktop / table / phone platforms will put future users at a greater ease with their fledgling ecosystem. Looking forward a desktop user that buys a smart phone might be apt to get a windows based phone ( or the other way around ) if they are already familiar with the interface.

It's a huge gamble just to stay relevant and they had little choice. They realized that a desktop centric OS will soon be going they way of the dodo.

Do I personally think this is a wise gamble or do I agree with their interface / usability choices with windows 8? Not totally. Some things I like about the new interface and some things I don't.

What MS is facing right now is a protracted uphill battle to overcome the perceptions of a large portion of its current user base. They also have to deal with the blow back from those who don't get it and can't let go of their 'Start' button.

What MS is dealing with right now with this radical change is not unique to just their user base. In the Ubuntu community there was nothing short of mass burning of Mark Shuttleworth in effigy when the Unity desktop was rolled out. The Gnome desktop project had and still has the same challenge for rolling out Gnome Shell / v3. In those communities a lot of users raged, huffed and puffed over the radical changes to the interfaces they loved and depended on. Some of them actually moved onto other desktop interfaces - but the majority of them just grumbled until they adapted to the changes.

I suspect after the torches and pitchforks get put away, an overwhelming majority windows users will stay where they are and adapt to the new windows interface. The real variable behind that is just how long will it take for it to happen and will MS have the staying power to endure it and somehow prove they are a relevant player in the future of personal / mobile computing.
 
I have to applaud them for trying to move the business and not be stuck in an old market. Whether or not it will pay off I'm not sure.
 
I have been using it since it became available. Loaded on to an old Dell XPS M1300.. It works just fine, It starts MS Office programs much faster than Windows 7 and boots a whole lot faster as well. Once I got used to the start screen, no problem, I like it.
 
I actually like it a lot, and seeing the move of most of their OEMs to hybrid devices and desktops with touch screens, I think it could pay off quite well for them in the end.  Only time will tell though.
 
I have to say i love the fact it FREE, gonna try it for kicks this week.. install the trial use the media center update and you got a free version that avoided the activation process. Well done ms i love a secure os. 
 
Do it quick before they plug the hole.....
 
I'm a linux user, and besides they never plugged xp, vista, or 7 i just like to try windows to stay current :-)
 
then have fun, Windows 8 seems to have given my old Dell XPS M1300 a new lease of life... Much faster when using MS programs such as Office 2010..
 
I think all of the pundit hate for 8 (heh) comes from the perception that Windows was always supposed to be the workhorse answer to Apple's consumer hugging fluff (not my perception, just the kind of stuff I've heard from techie friends anytime I've ever bought an Apple product) and now, with Windows 8, Microsoft has created a UI that caters to the recreational use crowd.

That said, I've used 8 as my daily driver since the RTM was released, and I love it. It does work much better on a dual monitor set up though...
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