Windows 8 not hated as much as you might think

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.

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.

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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53 Comments

1. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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).

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 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

12. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

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

42. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

16. SleepingOz unregistered

"Let user enable or disable the metro UI." A MUST!

18. PleaseBeObjective

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

26. sanjeevmax

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

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

25. sanjeevmax

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

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

36. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

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

41. PleaseBeObjective

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

43. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

39. jlscott777

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

8. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

2. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 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.

3. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I loved vista, hated xp.

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Then you love Windows 98 right?

4. papss unregistered

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

5. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

24. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

and gamers too :P

27. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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....

37. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 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

7. jgcaap

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

don't take this news seriously is april fools!

10. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

11. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

13. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

14. knowah

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

15. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

17. PleaseBeObjective

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 31, 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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