As many people are aware, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview to the masses, and by all accounts there have been millions of downloads of the forthcoming operating system.

The Microsoft hype machine has been pushing Windows 8 as being the best and most revolutionary version yet of their operating system, and with this release we are all given a chance to see if this is true or not.

Windows 7 is the current desktop operating system, and nearly everyone who uses Windows will agree, it’s been the best version to date, more so if we all forget Vista and the disaster that was. With the release of Windows 7 we could all forget how stupid Microsoft was for releasing such a disaster in the past, knowing full well that there would be no way they could ever be as stupid again… that is until we have Windows 8…

To me, the purpose of an operating system is to provide you with a platform that allows you to use the applications you wish, and an easy way to organise the data you need to work with. The operating system should be simple to use, simple to move around in and easy to access your data as and when required. The operating system should never really be in the foreground when you are working, it should just be there supporting the applications you are working with and basically just do what it’s supposed to do… run, not crash and just be a front end that we see initially and then just ignore for the rest of the time.

Microsoft, however has taken the idea that we don’t want this; we want an operating system that looks like it has been designed by someone with no artistic skills, who thinks people only do one task at a time on a screen, and think people have no need to see where the applications and data reside. That is what Windows 8 is currently providing you… a nightmare scenario, which just seems to get worse the more you actually start to use the thing.

METRO: This is a word that is making the normally stressed IT people, go beyond their extreme stress levels, venturing into new dimensions of nightmares. The idea of trying to support their current desktop users switching to a Metro interface I think will see many of them just throwing in the towel and moving on to a new career… the hassle factor will not be worth the money… really… it is that bad.

Metro has no place at all in a Desktop PC working environment. For a tablet, the cheap front end will be fine, more so when you can just click the amateurish buttons and use a single application at a time, and flip between each one, but on a desktop we want to have multiple windows open at a time and easily navigate to our data, not having to click multiple buttons to do a simple task.

The beloved Start Button, or ORB is also gone…. So when you install a new package, let’s say Office 2007 or 2010, it installs fine… but then you are left with a collection of icons on the Metro interface that you need to drag around or unpin, as it shows every piece of garbage installed. Utterly stupid! A complete waste of time once again just so Microsoft can have a different look to their operating system.

Windows 8 for the desktop must have:

NO METRO INTERFACE in any shape or form.
The Start/Orb button has to be there for access to program files.

Two little things, that’s it, just two little things that will allow people to keep their sanity with a Windows product, but then…. If they do that, we just have Windows 7, so why on earth would anyone want to upgrade to Windows 8?

And that’s the real point here. Microsoft is a software company, they need to keep releasing new products that they can sell to the masses, but their complete lack of vision on what people want or need is a major problem.

They changed Office to use “The Ribbon” and nearly everyone I have spoken to in business, hates it and would gladly just have Office 2003 installed on their systems… but Microsoft tells us all that this is what people wanted, and it’s a better experience. NO IT’S NOT! It’s hacked off millions of people, and the only reason for the change was so Microsoft could make more money, and heck, while changing the interface, why not change the default .doc files into .docx and cause more misery for the business users through the world.

With Windows 8, all Microsoft appears capable of doing now is to screw up the front end, and then try to push the thing out to the masses and make out that they are the ones who asked for it, and that it’s a great move forward for us all.

Sorry, this bullshit is not going to be taken lightly this time, more so when there is also changes happening to the Server family where they are seriously thinking of having a Metro interface on that as well!!! ARE THEY REALLY THAT OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY? A SERVER PLATFORM RUNNING METRO??? ARE THEY FRIGGIN INSANE????????

There is a maniacal Captain running around Microsoft these days, who has lost complete control of his senses and what reality is like. Maybe we need Bill gates to come back and start slapping a few heads and throwing out the idiots who are currently at Microsoft, and getting in people who understand how to design a user interface correctly, who know how to design something that does not look like a chimp has drawn it, who understand what the business users needs and requires to function daily… and then, maybe then, we may see Microsoft get back on a track that will allow them to release great software that is usable, manageable, and above all else, worth upgrading to.

As it is, Windows 8 will never appear on any systems I use, nor supply. It can sit on a tablet, as that is where it should be, but Windows 7 will remain the platform of choice until someone can get this madness sorted out once and for all.

And people wonder why Apple sales are increasing? If they don’t understand why, then clearly Metro is designed for their mentality…


Posted on March 10, 2012, in Microsoft, Opinion, Software, Wittering and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I’ve taken the plunge with a Mac at home – work wise though it’s Windows and the guys in the office are pretty excited – personally I don’t want my laptop to run like a mobile – hoohum!

    • I too use Apple equipment, but my business centres around supporting Windows operating systems and the likes.
      The “average” user can barely understand Windows at the moment, never mind giving them such a confusing interface to deals with.
      Tablets – fine, use the pretty buttons, but a desktop – leave it alone I say and let people carry on as normal!!!

  2. Thanks Gordon for sharing!
    As you mentioned in your article, Vista was a disaster and Windows 7 tried to recover the failure with great success! Regarding Windows 8, I think that it’s too early to speculate and I wouldn’t harry with using it as I did with Vista.
    When I switched from Vista to Windows 7, I knew instinctively that this could only be for the better.
    But as Windows 7 works well for me, why should I take a risk to be disappointed again like I was with Vista?
    Microsoft’s share price, contrarily to Apple’s, hasn’t varied in ten years while Apple’s share price CAGR was over 80 percent during the last three years!
    That tells me that Microsoft could be a dying consumer brand at least if it finds a turn around like IBM.
    But I wouldn’t download Windows 8 during a certain time unless really I get many positive news from users.
    Hope this helps.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. I actually prefer the Metro menu over the dead slow Start menu. Win-key and a few letters, and I’ve found the app (or setting) that I need. Considering the start menu also becomes a live information screen, showing mail, social, photo, news, weather and finance information – it is a lot more compelling than the dead tree of files and folders.

    • Everyone (like me) has an opinion, but mine is based on Business, and the end users that I have to maintain and support. Metro… will be a joke when the first range of Malware and Virus hit it… it’s going to be a nightmare to sort out. Mark my words, this is a disaster just waiting to happen.

  4. When you install an application, it doesn’t end up among the large tiles, but in the app list at the end. Also – the Windows 8 Server can be run completely without a GUI. Have you actually installed and used Windows 8?

    • I have been using Windows 8 since the initial release, and since that day, I have been trying to give it a chance, but it’s just a useless waste of time and resources by Microsoft.
      I manage a range of servers, using a variety of tools, some with and some without a GUI, but you are missing the point I am on about Metro.
      There is absolutely no need for it on a desktop system or a Server system. Microsoft should be using their valuable time to be improving the core structure of their operating systems for improving security and protection from Malware and Virus attacks. If they spent their valuable time making the likes of Windows 7 ultra secure and impervious to attacks, then people would happily pay for better security, not a piece of useless fluff that is designed for a tablet.
      As for adding programs, yes, as you say you have to sweep all the way to the right, and them move new applications all the way back to the left if you wan them to be the first items you see, when in fact under a normal desktop it’s easier and quicker to highlight and drag the programs you require to the toolbar, desktop or wherever.
      Business users have no time for this sort of useless fluff, put it out to the mainstream public and thats fine, but we need the option to stop this nonsense from ever going on to any business users desktop… period.

  5. I’ll migrate to Mac in the coming years. Windows needs to open up.

    • I use the Mac and Windows and love both systems, but Windows 8 just leave she cold. What gets me angry is the waste of time and resources being spent on nothing more than a terrible front end.

  6. This sounds like a nightmare!

    • Until you take the time to try it out, you will have to read about the people who love it or hate it. It really is worth checking out, just take wake you up and see what way Microsoft are going with this!!!

  7. Im with Gordon on this one , my findings win 8 has slightly better ram management (could be bcoz its a slimmed down beta) . but for the main part it is just win7 with metro stickied on , and i too have found if you install say VLC all the help files and documentation get platered on the metro GUI , Ill stick with linux, no thanks Redmond . BTW great post G thanks for sharing.

  8. I feel the same way about operating systems. Windows 7 was a big step forward after the disaster that was windows vista. I will reserve judgement about windows 8 until I actually try a complete product. Metro looks terrible as it seems to just have tablets in mind. I don’t like touch screen PC displays. I think you will be able to hide metro on desktops.

    • It is early days yet, and I hope Metro can be removed from the Desktop, but the worrying thing is, that Microsoft seems to think this is the way forward, when in fact it’s quite the reverse. Time will tell soon enough!!!!!

  9. I am so tired of windows and I can’t wait to get on the mac

  10. I really don’t want my everyday software to change so radically. Although my computer isn’t networked, the new look of Windows doesn’t appeal to me. I think you will see a generation of Window users not update to 8 just like the masses who didn’t uphodate to Vista. I can’t see how Windows 8 makes everyday computing any better.

  11. Ola! Tasystems,
    Interesting Thoughts.
    Great Job!

  12. I love windows; don’t think yet; will change to other or not!! Let see; will compare first before moving. Thanks for the article 🙂

  13. While Apple2+’s and 2GS… Macintoshes were intuitive 30 years ago (yup, that long, folks!), WIN95 was great only in contract to the 3.x series. Lately, they just over-charge, over-hype and confuse us…

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