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How is it possible for Microsoft to make such a weak effort, a company so large and with such resources and this is the best design they can come up with. It is no wonder that other designers are leaving Microsoft in their wake. I mean come on who approved this; it is just trying to copy others when you could be designing new state of the art, simple yet stunning to look at. Microsoft has the resources but obviously no longer have the people who have any vision. It makes me feel sick to think I am sitting here knowing I could do better than that times fifty yet I will never get that chance.
I just have a plain computer and thus cannot use my finger to wipe away the strip of ads on the right side of the screen.
It is very unpleasant and unprofessional to try to send a message to someone and have the recepient see the ads detracting from the message.
Please tell me how to disable these ads. My universal policy is to never buy from an organization that uses such an unprofessional approach.
I am very disappointed with Hotmail but I don't want to go to the trouble of switching to gmail.
I sort of agree over the new UI, but for tablets and other small form factor touch devices this is the only way to go - I do hope that they make "classic" mode available as an equal partner to the new Metro model. As for saying this is copying, just who is it copying - oh yes, it's Microsoft and their innovative and fresh UI for Windows Phone (and now for XBox, where it also works a treat).
But some of the comments by some of the people here are just frankly ridiculous. For starters WIndows 8 isn't past Preview (not even Beta) let alone RC level, so don't make any judgements about what it really will look like. Also, those people saying XP is the way to go have seriously got to start looking at what they can and can't do with modern (and I mean 2 or 3 year old) OS's, not one that is getting on for 10!
For starters, the security of Windows 7 (and Vista for that matter) is orders of magnitude better than XP could ever be, and the capabilities it offers for the developers mean that programmes will progressively stop trying to support XP - especially if you start moving to 64-bit to make use of more than 3Gb of memory (serious video editing, photo editing, music composition, for example).
As well as the (for some controversion) new look, Windows 8 looks like it will do a load of things better than previous versions - less memory needed than Windows 7, even more secure against malware, support for very low power processors, let alone some of the more deep technical details.
Personally, I have my doubts about the new UI for traditional desktops, but I also have seen some of the capbilities that are coming (and others that have been talked about) that still coule well make it worth the upgrade.
Installed Windows 8 customer preview today on a laptop, I have to say with a little trepidation as the metro tile view looks utterly awful on windows mobile (imo). And I was amazed, how does Microsoft manage to get things so wrong?
To market this as Windows 8 is a MASSIVE mistake, call it 'Windows for Tablets' or something and there's no issue, for messing about on a tablet / mobile touch screen it probably is a better effort than the touch features of Windows 7 but only the truly deluded could imagine that those of us who use computers for more than facebook / youtube are going to make a choice to move to this fisher price OS.
MS are like bunnies in the headlights not knowing which way to turn, chasing after the iFad grail and throwing the baby out with the bathwater by trashing the usability of Win 7 for this! Vista failed on one point, it hid things and made it hard to administer (look at the problems home users had and the lack of take up by the commercial market) Win 7 just addressed this issue and hey everyone was happy again (ish). Win 8 looks like history repeating itself.
Looking on he bright side there will be loads of work porting poor customers back to Win 7 or over to Linux OS's when they get conned into buying PC's with he latest 'great' OS from Microsoft !
All of this might be fine for the tablet market, but has no place on a desktop.
No way on this earth will i be parting with the best part of £200 for this dross, come to that i wouldn't even want a crack copy of it.
What utter toss, I would rather use windows 3.1 than windows 8, I looks like the menu for a childs Vtec, I tried the RC of windows 8 and proceeded to throw away the hard drive after smashing and burning it so no sole would ever be in a situation where they could inadvertently have to use windows 8.
I have also heard that Collins dictionary is having to amend the thesaurus and add "windows 8" along side words like, rubbish, dire, failure, hideous, awful.
You may have gathered I don't like this operating system and for once I will not be upgrading which will be the first upgrade I would have skipped since 3.11
why the hell do i want something that looks like the OS of a phone on my bloody desktop?
Ok so you can change it to the classic look, i understand that, i can do that with windows 7, in fact considering, ill just keep with windows 7, the colors are a lot better rather than looking like it was stolen out of a art gallery.
The second thing, my dads (god that makes me sound young lol) got a touch screen acer PC combo thingy, he got fed up using the touch screen as he had to keep leaning over to it, we also put it to the test, it was more faster and more productive for me to use a mouse than for him to use the touch screen. and vice versa.
Why do Microsoft think that emulating a phone/tablet style OS is the best option for a desktop?
Windows 8 would work great with touchscreens but I dont want to keep my hand in the air for hours on end while I use it, I also dont want to sit within arms reach of the screen for fear of damaging my eyes.
Hence the invention of the mouse.