Having used the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for a couple of days, and I'm not really liking it so far.
The Metro UI is all well and good for touchscreen devices such as tablets and smartphones, but I
can't see many people liking it on regular desktops and laptops when Windows 8 is finalised and
eventually installed as standard on new computers.
One major aspect of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that seems to have got people talking, and
not necessarily in a good way, is the traditional Start button/menu, or sudden lack thereof. A lot of
people are going to really dislike this, especailly if they're upgrading from venerable Windows XP.
Having the traditional Start button/menu (first introduced in Windows 95) killed in favour of a full
screen layer of dumbed down Fisher Price-esque widgets (aka. Apps) that look very much out
of place on a regular desktop/laptop setup, is going to p**s a lot of people off. At this time,
it is a weird hybrid OS with a touchscreen GUI on top of a crippled desktop.
In much the same way many folks that bought PC's bundled with Windows Vista a few years ago,
exercised the option to downgrade to Windows XP, I can see history repeating with Windows 8.
While folks are unlikely to ask for Windows XP in place of Windows 8, there'll most definitely
be cases where people want Windows 7 back when they see the mess that is Windows 8.
I am fully aware Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a public beta
, and not the finalised product,
but as much as was the case with the public beta of Windows 7, bar a few bugs and glitches,
the boffins at Microsoft will now consider Windows 8 to be pretty much feature complete
If that is the case, Windows 8 could turn out to be an embarrassing flop.
For those with W7, there'll be no major reason to "upgrade" to W8, while W7 is good enough.
I know some might not agree with my opinion, and there is nothing wrong with healthy debate,
but if you don't agree, and still haven't given the Windows 8 Consumer Preview a go, I would
definitely recommend you try it for yourself before posting a rebuttal.
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