Chicane-UK, on 20 August 2012 - 07:32, said:
An engineering marvel? A revolution? Sorry, but they're some of the most ridiculous comments I've ever heard.
There is nothing revolutionary about Windows 8. It's evolutionary - it's built on the existing version of Windows, and attempts to integrate features already seen on mobile platforms into a desktop OS with arguably mixed results. That's not an engineering marvel. Given the size of Microsoft and the resources at their disposal, I personally think it's simply not good enough. In fact to me it seems like a missed opportunity of enormous proportions. They could have done it properly. Windows Phone 7 was a rethink on how they did things - they didn't carry over (so far as I can see) anything of the old version of Windows Phone (on the surface at least) and as a result the product works. Windows 8 feels like nothing more than a shell running on top of the OS - I don't think the integration went deep enough. And I think it's going to bite them.
Fully agreed. Use Windows 8 for an extended period of time and the half-assery all over the place becomes apparent. There aren't a whole lot of 'modern UI' apps yet (which will change in time for GA), and some of the existing ones are a joke - take the Mail app as an example.
The desktop has seen improvements, sure. The OS does feel snappy, some of the improvements made to explorer.exe make sense. Where it falls short is the looks department, as is being discussed in this thread
. There is no excuse whatsoever for a company the size of Microsoft to not hire competent designers and enforce design guidelines across all of the product teams. In a similar way Apple does it.
Suggestion: Some of you might remember the Aero Taskforce
and the Windows 7 Taskforce
initiatives. Why doesn't Neowin start an official Windows 8 taskforce thread? Collect all inconsistencies/oversights/old UI elements which should long have been retired/suggestions for improvements and whatnot, however minor the flaw may be. Then after a set amount of time send the collected feedback to MS in the hope that they incorporate some of it into Windows 9 (or 'Blue' or 8.x or whatever else the next release will be called).