xWhiplash, on 03 December 2012 - 14:16, said:
No, I am saying that to Dot. When somebody complains like I do, he has said MANY MANY times "Windows 8 is used JUST LIKE Windows 7". And I am saying to everyone else that says "Give it a month and you will LOVE it".
I am sorry I am trying to use my computer the same way I have been for more than a decade. Unless Microsoft brings some things back, most businesses will feel the same. I already know a few businesses that have said that to me.
However, except for Search, Dot is actually right (when it comes to desktop applications and games, for the most part) other than differences brought upon entirely by the lack of Start menu (all of which can be end-run, even in Windows 7), desktop applications (those Win32 applications we're used to) work exactly the same between Windows 7/8/2008/2012. (Why am I throwing Server 2012 in the mix? Because (as was the case with all server versions of Windows back to Server 2003), there is a subset of those users leveraging features of the server side of Windows for use as a workstation/desktop OS - heck, you can add me to the list; I'm leveraging Hyper-V, which in Server 2012 I can actually use due to SLAT not being required.)
And you're right on enterprises - most would be in fact HORRIBLY loath to change how they do things - the enterprise is, in fact, the last bastion of conservatism (where it is acceptable).
However (and I want you to answer this honestly) how well is Search leveraged by *desktop* applications in Windows 7? Or, more to the point, how well is Search leveraged by Windows 7 itself?
The answer to both is rather simple - it isn't. At all. You have to use the Mark I Mod 0 human eyeball - the SAME method used since Windows 2000 (and that is despite the inclusion of Index Server as part of the OS core since). In fact, Windows 2000 Professional leveraged Search better than ANY version of Windows since (until Windows 8). That is, to put it bluntly, embarrassing. Oh, you CAN use the Runbox method (it premiered in Windows 2000 Professional, in fact), and it still works in every OS since (yes - even Windows 8 and WindowsRT support this method); however, how intuitive is it for even the average technical user?
THe reason it ISN'T leveraged well is because despite the (seemingly-major/actually-minor) UI changes since Windows NT 4.0, Windows since has largely been a baby-steps OS as far as changes have went in how it's used. It changed so little as to basically have not changed at all. Nobody really wanted it to change - not consumers, and especially not enterprises; therefore, it largely didn't.
That was why tablets, slates, Android, and iOS caught Windows (and Microsoft) napping. Neither Android or iOS is wedded to any of the paradigm that Windows (or even OS X) is. It is the desktrop paradigm *itself* that is under assault; Windows, being the biggest representative OF that paradigm, is therefore the largest target. Microsoft has two choices - it can adapt Windows itself to the new paradigm, or become a niche. (The operating system category is still Darwinian - "survival of the fittest" - and those of us with any medium-term history supporting any OS - and this is especially true of Windows - know it; adapt or find yourself covered in butter and syrup.)
I understand the desire to right what is basically a rearguard action - Windows users aren't the only ones doing so. (Look at the OS X forums - here on Neowin and elsewhere; they are by and large doing the same thing.) I'm NOT saying surrender your public position; just get yourself a plan B in case your plan A fails.