Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:55
So, I've been reading about Windows 8 a bit lately and I gotta say, I'm not confident about this version of Windows.
I remember installing the very *first* developer preview version of Win 8 and I was hyped, but after a few days, the hype subsided. I went back to Win 7 and I felt right at home. The Win 8 aftertaste was bizarre and I came away from it confused about why they think that's what I want in an OS.
Now, fast forward to today and I hear that Aero Glass support is completely dropped. I am a huge fan of the Aero glass interface and if I'm to use Win 8, I'm going to have to download a fan made theme that returns the desktop to its former glory. As a desktop user, I feel like the effort to minimalize the OS was brought on by Microsoft's desire to put this desktop on a battery chugging tablet. I feel like I'm getting the ****ty end of the stick. This is not what I wanted. I don't care that it matches your new Metro theme, I think it doesn't match. I think it's fugly. Desktop and tablet do not mix in my opinion.
And this is where I feel like Windows 8 might be a disaster. As a tablet OS, I think it might be a disaster and as a desktop OS, I think it will be a disaster. I think Win 7 is the new XP. People will cling to it until its death... Win 8 will be the new Vista... definitely not in terms of bloat, but in terms of it being totally unwanted.
I do not look at Win 8 as an OS that was built out of desire or request, I look at it as an attempt to enter into the tablet market by piggy backing off their desktop user base. This is pretty undesirable behavior, Microsoft. I appreciate their efforts to make a tablet / desktop hybrid OS, but I feel like the desktop and tablet should have been separate operating systems. Sure, they are fully well entitled to use their OS how they want to, but I'm also fully well entitled to avoid this one like the plague.
Their latest blunder was going with ARM for tablets instead of an x86 CPU... this seems limiting. Intel is obviously not happy with this decision. I'm not happy because it means that there will be incompatibilities between the tablet version and the desktop version. Wasn't Windows 8 supposed to bridge the gap between tablets and desktops? Intel already debuted its x86 mobile CPU and from what I understand, it's good. The device sucked, but the mobile x86 CPU was good. Going with ARM seems like the wrong decision, in my opinion.
Not to mention, the tablet version of Windows 8 will be shutting out browser competition. I only recently got an android phone and being able to install Firefox on there alleviated some stress of having to use that terrible android browser. I am NOT a fan. Not being able to use Firefox on a Windows 8 tablet may make or break me when it comes to deciding on which tablet to buy. Minority or not, I believe this will have some far reaching repercussions. People will tell others not to get a Windows 8 tablet and this will reverberate. This happened with Vista, I don't see why it wouldn't with Windows 8.
Unlike Apple fanboys, Windows fanboys are bold enough to reject certain Microsoft creations. It makes me wonder why Microsoft would even chance something like this.
I'm gearing up to try the Win 8 release candidate when its released so I will hold my final judgement until then... but I would be lying if I said I didn't already have a predisposition based on everything I've been reading lately. It seems like bad news followed by more unexpected bad news.