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Five Reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival

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Dot Matrix    7,438

But yet, somehow all these goons turning their iPads into laptops are doing just that. Not to mention whem most users use an iPad, they are doing just that as well.

This happens to be a buddy's iPad too:

It appears Jobs has been proven wrong. People *do* exactly what he didn't like to. So what's all this non sense of having desktop based touch screens?

Also, when you guys complain about touch screens, you're forgetting that Microsoft runs on a good deal of terminals which are touch screen. Imagine what Metro can do for those.

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mudslag    8,801

This happens to be a buddy's iPad too:

It appears Jobs has been proven wrong. People *do* exactly what he didn't like to. So what's all this non sense of having desktop based touch screens?

Also, when you guys complain about touch screens, you're forgetting that Microsoft runs on a good deal of terminals which are touch screen. Imagine what Metro can do for those.

That number is peanuts compared to reg non touch desktops. No one is arguing there isnt a market for this, it's just not for the consumer desktop market.

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Dot Matrix    7,438

That number is peanuts compared to reg non touch desktops. No one is arguing there isnt a market for this, it's just not for the consumer desktop market.

That's up for the consumer market to decide, but so far there is a market for desktop touchscreens. Windows 8 might be the fuel it needs to take off.

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articuno1au    1,264

My objection to most of the points here is that you are speaking from a power user's stand point.

You know what a PC is, you know how to use and it you do what you want with it.

Consider that the average PC users use case is "Check email, facebook, watch porn". The metro start screen is compelling for this use case, and this is a serious chunk of the market.

Regarding metro as a UI choice (as opposed to the metro start screen), I don't like the way it fits into the old Windows shell. Other then that, it's quite interesting.

Anyone suggesting that the DP version was pretty much what you were going to get on release is just straight up wrong. While the conventions will likely remain the same, there are always a lot of changes between developer builds and beta builds.

Either way, moderators are doing an extremely poor job by allowing this kind of stupidity to continue on the forums AGAIN.

I'm all in favour of exchanging opinion and ideas, but not when the available subject matter isn't even close to being in it's finished form.

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morphen    14

haha, this article has Windows 8/Metro hate written all over it. And it's posted under:

Linux and Open Source

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols & Paula Rooney

Under this category most articles are about Linux (and his/their love-releationship to it);

just look at these titles: "Is the Linux Desktop actually growing?","Big Business, Big Linux"

and the casual break of his hate-relationship to other platforms;

"Apple gets kicked in the teeth by German patent lawsuit decisions"

"Five Reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival"

"Microsoft to lock out other operating systems from Windows 8 ARM PCs & devices"

So; this is a news-section for Linux lovers, who hate Apple and Microsoft...it seems :p Takes away all his credability:p

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UndergroundWire    49

However, the PC market is *not* the phone market (it isn't even the sub-$500 tablet market, where various Android-based tablets are fighting it out; iPad 2 is priced at the upper range on that, and is basically its own niche - no Android tablet costs that much). Those of you that are thinking that Metro (the UI) is tablet-only apparently are either relatively new to Windows, or have forgotten your Windows (especially NT) history - What was the UI like in five OSes (three 9x and two NT - all of which were for various desktops) - Windows 95/98 (both original and SE)/ME/NT4/2000? Believe it or not, other than the missing Start button, it's basically Metro's great grandfather. The post-XP (mostly from Vista) additions to the desktop menu are gone. The menu has been *rebooted*, basically - it's back to the 9x/NT core it used to have - albeit with a different design language. How many of those additions to the menu in Windows 7 do you actually use? All of them? Most of them? Some of them (or even none of them, because they all exist elsewhere)? If it's either of the latter (some or none), why do you want them? Something on a menu I don't use is clutter - and I loathe clutter. Metro is Windows de-cluttered menuwise. That's not just whyit works for tablets - it's also (in my rather humble opinion) why it works for traditional PCs as well - a distinct lack of clutter and bloat. You don't want *bloatware* on your PC (nearly a third of the posts in the main Windows subforum here address getting rid of *bloatware*) - so how the heck can you justify overly-excessive *menu bloat*?

I never said it was. However, 2011 saw for the first time that smarphones outselling the PC. I also never said Metro is for Tablet. I just said it is ugly. Metro is the big reason why business will not adopt Windows 8. Most people will be satisfied with Windows 7. If you don't see that, you must be new to technology.

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Sir Topham Hatt    278

In short, even if Metro was the best thing since sliced bread, which it isn?t, it will still require users to learn a new way of doing the same old thing. That?s a failure of an idea right here.

Uh huh... like when the re-designed Office?

Which I should add, many businesses have invested in?

We must remember, Windows 7 was possibly the last "usual/normal" desktop we will see. Within 10 years the majority of computing certainly from the "home user", will be tablet/laptop/smartphone powered. I am not saying desktop PCs will fade, no way, but they certainly will be limited in terms of growth which was reported on the front page just today.

For the touchscreen market, Microsoft is right on the money and that is what they are aiming at... the next generation of PC's, smartphones and tablets to have one unified user interface.

^ Don't need to know anything -- we don't need Windows 8.

:p Many people said that about Windows 7 too :shifty:

Either way, moderators are doing an extremely poor job by allowing this kind of stupidity to continue on the forums AGAIN.

Did you report it and your reasons why?

No... I didn't think so :p

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XerXis    259
If you?re unhappy about the state of Metro applications, think about the poor Windows programmers. You?ve spent years learning .NET, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and now they have to learnWinRT and Jupiter/XAML.

only someone who can't program and knows nothing about .Net would say something as stupid as that.

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FMH    717

In a few months we will find this really hilarious. I'm bookmarking it, for a good laugh later. ;)

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Muhammad Farrukh    1,080

We'll post it in Jokes and Funny Stuff section, FMH.

For sure :laugh:

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Nick H.    10,218

I don't think it'll be the flop the article is expecting it to be, but I don't expect it to be hugely successful either. For me, if I get a new desktop/laptop I'll be putting Windows 7 on it, not 8.

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Mystic Mungis    678

People can have their opinions and predictions but no one knows what will actually happen.

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Jose_49    1,070

Guys, guys, guys. If you actually go back to neowin's news pages 549 - 560, you'll clearly see that people had very low hopes from Windows 7, and that Windows Vista was bashed through all of its life span. I even saw Gates futuristic thoughts about the Keyboard and the mice being dead. Furthermore, I believe that he, being unimpressed by the iPad, wanted to show Steve How tablets are done and release its unified interface for both (Desktop and Tablets).

http://www.neowin.ne...sed-by-the-ipad

http://www.neowin.ne...keyboards--mice

Plus, try reading the comments from these pages so you can see how much bashing was for Windows 7:

http://www.neowin.ne...-m1-build-65741

http://www.neowin.ne...eenshot-gallery

http://www.neowin.ne...next-year-or-so

I'll just say this: Until we don't test the Consumer Preview (Beta) and Release Candidate (RC) builds, let's not throw blasphemy at the OS. Windows 7 early screenshots emerged and people wanted to kill themselves

I know, Metro may be or may not be look good, but only three weeks will tell.

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Zain Adeel    197

Who cares where the article comes from, or if it's bias. It makes valid points, all of which I agree with. Expecially Metro. Metro is the worst looking thing I've seen. Ever.

I won't be buying Windows 8 based purely on that. Unless they have a button that lets me choose the following:

- I want pretty colours to use huge amounts of desktop real estate, only for me to have to look through cartoon icons to find what I want, not be able to resize the apps, and confuse me everytime I attempt to launch one of the two version of Internet Explorer.

- I want Windows because I'm using this on a computer, not a tablet.

I'm really cracking the ****s with MS. If I am forced to use Metro, they can go to hell. I know they don't care if one person doesn't buy it, but I do not want Metro. It looks **** on the Xbox, it looks **** on WP7, it looks **** on their websites and it looks absolutely disastrous in Windows 8.

Im sorry please go learn what good design is before calling metro ugly.

I say this to everybody. Do you know why you are even calling it ugly? Its understandable that Desktop users want free moving widows as apps not Immersive apps. That does not make metro ugly. U need to get your eyes checked. Or please search the web for definitions of a good design.

Design is about alot more than those 2inch boxes showing data. Design is about ease of use. Design is about easy recognition. Intuitiveness. function and form. Its about the ease with which you can consume data in this perticular case. Its the ease of setting up the screen for ur day to day usage.

I talk alot about Ribbon UI because its a function over looks design. I believe there should be a balance between the two. Metro is the balance. Aero in its form is more over function than asthetics. But Ribbon is pure function so its really out of balance and thats why i find it ugly.

U cant call metro ugly unless it really makes u throw up. Whats the best thing about metro is that the boxes (the big icons and everything) It goes to the background after a few days of usage. What stays infront is just the data on the livetiles. I own a WP7 device. It was basically just to support MS. But metro works way better than anything else for touch input.

It makes every task simpler.

My request to MS would be to treat Desktop as a backend of Metro for power users. Or bring full metro to Desktop. There can not be this halfbaked Aero anymore. It just doesnt go with it. They have plenty of time to make the transformation.

Also Windows 8 will never fail. It will sell very well on tablets. Desktop users might take time to see how it works before they make the jump. MS are making sure desktop users get what they always wanted in windows 7. And there are plenty of mouthwatering features in Win8 for us desktop users.

I wish them best of luck with this. But no Windows 8 will not be DOA.

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techguy77    46

Metro can be here to stay but there wont be people using it :) Windows 8 -> might as well go back to Windows 95, it will be more productive.

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hamslammer    77

I have to agree with the points in the article, don't really see any major improvements. I'll be sticking with Windows 7 for quite some time it seems.

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Coi    44

Metro can be here to stay but there wont be people using it :) Windows 8 -> might as well go back to Windows 95, it will be more productive.

Yup:

  • Windows 95 works really well on a touchscreen (and even supports it)
  • Windows 95 supports every program made from 2000 on
  • Windows 95 is just beautiful, many people will think it's better than any other interface and/or Operating System
  • Windows 95 has a higher number, that's just so cool (it looks like that Windows 8 rubbish has been made in 1908)
  • Windows 95 will run on ARM and will support any other new hardware
  • Windows 95 supports storage drives bigger than 2 TB

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techguy77    46

Yup:

  • Windows 95 works really well on a touchscreen (and even supports it)
  • Windows 95 supports every program made from 2000 on
  • Windows 95 is just beautiful, many people will think it's better than any other interface and/or Operating System
  • Windows 95 has a higher number, that's just so cool (it looks like that Windows 8 rubbish has been made in 1908)
  • Windows 95 will run on ARM and will support any other new hardware
  • Windows 95 supports storage drives bigger than 2 TB

I was trying to get point across and funny things you mentioned are Mobile related. My PC is not a giant Smart Phone.

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Coi    44

I was trying to get point across and funny things you mentioned are Mobile related. My PC is not a giant Smart Phone.

Because phones have storage bigger than 2 TB, only run programs from the '90s and don't have any hardware to support or something?

I mean seriously, try reading more than the first line next time.

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Colin McGregor    569

Metro can be here to stay but there wont be people using it :) Windows 8 -> might as well go back to Windows 95, it will be more productive.

if they dont want to use metro then stay with win7. no ones forcing an upgrade. People still use xp and it was released in 2001. I think people just like to see themselves complain.

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TheLegendOfMart    1,558

People are quick to jump to conclusions before even trying it. :/

Ive used Windows Phone 7, do not want.

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briangw    132

Ive used Windows Phone 7, do not want.

Windows Phone 7 != Windows 8

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TheLegendOfMart    1,558

Well it is, its the Metro ethics ported over to a desktop PC to pander to the iPad crowd.

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Osiris    839

Here's the fun part. Windows 7 and Vista were pretty similar and yet while one failed, the other was successful, so it's really hard to say if Windows 8 will fail or succeed.

You said what I came in here to say :)

I have to admit though im not sold on the whole Metro experience. For a tablet, particularly an arm tablet with all day battery life, im sold...for the desktop, ill wait and see but the Metro experience aside plenty of other improvements to be pumped about for Win8.

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