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Windows 8 not hated as much as you might think

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Windows 8 not hated as much as you might think
No doubt that you have read or heard an opinion or two (or twelve) about Microsoft’s latest operating system. From even before Windows 8 was finally released, we were seeing a lot of grumblings from rather vocal individuals about a train wreck in the making.

To be sure, Windows 8 was a significant departure from all previous Windows iterations, abandoning the “Start” menu was a huge gamble. Microsoft is all-in with the new user experience though.

The blogosphere was filling up with comparisons of Windows 8 to that horrific spawn referred to as Windows Vista. As many of us had used Windows 8 and Windows RT, as well as upgraded several older machines to the new OS, we really cannot make such a leap.

Judging by general ratings accumulated on Amazon, it would seem most other people do not make that leap either. To be sure, Windows 8 is not as well liked as Windows 7, but it has not attracted the loathing that Windows Vista went out of its way to earn.

Windows 8 not hated as much as you might think
Indeed, Windows 8 has a lot going for it, but the image problem it faces is a significant challenge to the next update, whether it is called Windows Blue, Window 9 or something else. Ed Bott at ZDNet drew a comparison to when Windows XP originally came out. It took a little while for XP to build some steam.

While this observation of ratings on Amazon is not a blind-scientific survey, there are some interesting revelations to be made from it. For one thing, in just the first few months of its release, Windows 8 has gathered more overall reviews than Windows 7 has over the past three-plus years. Love it or hate it, the evolution of Windows is of great interest to just about anyone that has ever used a PC, or more recently, a tablet.

Windows 8 not hated as much as you might think
Based on what we saw coming during the run-up to release Windows 8, these mixed customer ratings are not much of a surprise since most folks are resistant to change. However, if you have been looking around at reviews of Windows 8 and felt inundated with negative impressions, look deeper.

source: ZDNet

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posted on 31 Mar 2013, 19:35 21

1. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


I think Windows 8 is more of a "don't judge a book by its cover", but yes, it still needs many improvements (which will be in Windows Blue).

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 19:57 16

6. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Windows 8 is one of the fastest and reliable OS platform I have ever experienced. Windows 8 pro is perfect for a tablet however, being a desktop user here are some improvements which MS may have to consider:

1. Let user enable or disable the metro UI
2. Introduce the Start button
3. Some different UI approach which is easy to use for a non - technical person

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:13 8

12. RohanM (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Exactly.. bring back the start button & disable that f***g metro UI.
Metro UI is best for tablets but sucks for desktop.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 15:18

42. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Don't disable, but make it an option. I personally like the metro UI on my desktop, because it is faster and simpler than going through the start menu and looks better than a desktop covered in shortcuts, I do, however, think those that don't like it should have the option to use the classic start menu instead.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 21:00 12

16. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"Let user enable or disable the metro UI."

A MUST!

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 21:26 2

18. PleaseBeObjective (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


Would you let your cows free? No. If you did that, you would not be able to milk them. Microsoft (Ballmer) has grand plans of milking us. It works like this:
1. Replace desktop with Metro.
2. When hackers find way to bring desktop back with registry hack, kill the registry hack to force people into Metro.
3. Users will get used to Fisher-Price Mickey-Mouse tile interface of Metro.
4. Third-party developers will be forced to write apps for Metro instead of desktop.
5. Microsoft tells all developers: "Developers!!! You will give us, for any Metro app, 20-30% of your revenue henceforth."

See? In order to get that 20-30% cut, they have to force developers to let go of the desktop, and the best way to do that (in their mind) is to kill it.

That's why they did not give you a choice of START menu or the Metro-sexual interface. To them, you are a cow, that needs to be milked.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 23:52 2

26. sanjeevmax (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


it possible to enable or desable try ''start8''

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 23:49 1

25. sanjeevmax (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


download ''start8'' your ui problem will solve and see the video on youtube about it.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 05:11 2

36. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


You know that you can disable metro, you just need to know how.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 12:41

41. PleaseBeObjective (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


For all the people who say, "just disable Metro with Start8", thanks. I already know that. (I am a Windows software engineer.) My point was not so much that the interface is different. We all know that Metro is little more than a shell on the Windows NT core. My point is that, as Windows users, you should be aware of Microsoft's intent. Think about it: If they would go through all that trouble to disable access to desktop, what other type of "herding" tactics lie under the hood?

Windows Phone is heading the same direction btw. It would be so much better if Microsoft were to return to an open platform.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 15:27

43. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


But they haven't "disabled" the desktop, and I don't believe they plan to. The platform is no less open than previous versions of windows (from what I have seen). The only thing missing from Win8 that users are used to is the start menu, which (after learning the advantages/disadvantages of the metro interface) I don't miss very much. All the functionality is still there, it runs faster than Win7, and actually has less compatibility issues with older software than Win7 did.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 10:28

39. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Most Definitely, and do the same for RT and WP8, then I will go for it.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:00 4

8. schinnak (Posts: 99; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


huh! So this is not the April fool topic for the day? ;-)

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 19:40 7

2. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I have windows 8 on my laptop and really enjoy it, it's definitely sped up my aging laptop. That said, I don't plan on upgrading my desktop.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 19:44 2

3. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I loved vista, hated xp.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 22:01 5

20. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Then you love Windows 98 right?

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 19:52 13

4. papss (unregistered)


Huh? Loved vista? Hated xp? I think the exact opposite. I also loved 7 and like 8..

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 19:54 5

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I love W8. I think it much more user friendly and perfect for the average user. Nerds and offices will miss windows 7.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 23:13

24. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


and gamers too :P

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 23:54 3

27. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Go visit Tomshardware, or Anandtech, or any other legitmate PC hardware website, and you'll find that Win 8 works just as well as Win 7 for gaming....

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 08:43

37. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


no windows 7 is just better for gaming there is some bugs in win8 and no need to tell me where to go i already have seen how much gamers hate metro ui

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:00 4

7. jgcaap (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


don't take this news seriously is april fools!

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:07 2

10. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


But people are not liking this! Reading forums and other websites consumers are not liking this!

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:04 2

9. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Will be trying this out and see if its good, surely load time has been faster than 7.
Using DualBoot with Linux and Ubuntu.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:10 2

11. RohanM (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


this is april fool for sure. hate win 8 from core of my heart. loved xp & win 7.
Vista was ok & buggy, though i liked vista's boot screen a lot.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 01:39 1

30. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


If boot screens are all you can talk about then yes, this is a prank for fools from the April department.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:17 4

13. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


I actually like W8, but the OEMs need to figure out how to better calibrate their touch pads to get optimal experience from laptops. I like the gesture features, but OEMs are not integrating it so well into their laptops. It's hard to do, I'll give them that, but I think they should take advantage more of W8s potential.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:23 5

14. knowah (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Windows 8 is the best Windows to date. I think the start screen is excellent for keyboard and mouse.

But I also don't have a problem accepting and embracing new technology and features.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 20:47 3

15. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I don't hate it, at all,, very clean simple look :-)

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 21:07

17. PleaseBeObjective (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


Windows 8 has to be the most repulsive OS that Microsoft put out.

And the article is misleading. It discounts the fact that, while Vista was disliked, the people who disliked it were using it on a daily basis and at least had some expectation of keeping it until they realized how buggy it was. By contrast, Windows 8 is hated from the get-go. Those Fisher-Price tile things...all the gimmicks with "sign-up for this/sign-up for that" always in your face, killing POP3 support to get you to sign-up for Outlook.com....this OS is all about vendor lock-in gimmicks.

I guess that's why Microsoft killed the START menu. They wanted to force all of us into Metro, so that developers would be forced into writing applications for Metro (and not desktop), at which point they would get 20-30% of each third-party Metro app sold. This is also the reason why the made it so that Windows RT tablets could not run native apps - they wanted to make sure they got 20-30% of every app sold for tablet.

Basically, they are sacrificing our end-user experience so that they can get their 20-30% cut. I can't believe they actually thought they would get away with this stunt.

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