In my first Artic MSP blog post I decided to tackle and unfold the issues what many so called “haters” of Windows 8 keep complaining about. I realize that one of the main rules of the Internet states that “do not feed the trolls”, but I’ll take my chances here. I am also aware that most of these complaints come from people who have only tried Windows 8 Developer Preview back in 2011, or even worse; not tried any Windows 8 beta release at all, making all their statements based on personal beliefs and motives.
Issue #1: Where is my Start button!?!
Everyone has heard the debate relating to this in Internet forums. Microsoft kept the Start button in Windows 8 Developer Preview, but ditched it in Consumer Preview. Folks at Redmond explained the controversial decision of dropping out the Start menu after 17 years of service due to simple fact that people have stopped using it. There are over 630 million Windows 7 licenses sold, and based on statistic collected from those users, people prefer to pin their favorite applications to taskbar rather than launching them from the Start menu. This makes a lot of sense when you think about it; when have you last time really needed the Start menu? If you answered “I use it all the time because of the awesome search-function in it” then don’t worry, because Windows 8’s Metro has that same function, improved. And conveniently that leads us to the next issue…
Issue #2: Metro is awful, why I am forced to use it!?!
It is a fact that humans fear and dislike change and anything alien in things they are used to think as a norm. Metro UI is no doubt the boldest move from Microsoft regarding Windows user interfaces and experiences since Windows 95. That said, it is just as revolutionary as well. There are several things that need to be addressed in this debate. Firstly, you don’t have to use Metro all the time; Windows 8 still has the good ol’ desktop mode too. To be honest, for the first few weeks when I used Windows 8 Consumer Preview I did not use Metro at all. I managed to use only the desktop-side just as I would use Windows 7’s desktop. But after a while I found out what makes Metro so handy, I begun to utilize Windows 8’s full potential. Secondly, Metro exists because Microsoft wants to unify the end-user experience between different platforms, as end-goal seems to be having phones, laptops, tablets, desktops and even Xbox’s share similar UX. This concept is one part of the much praised “ecosystem”-thinking. And now that Windows Phone 8 shares some core code with Windows 8, this seems just another logical step. Remember that Microsoft is not the only big player doing this same thing: Apple has blurred the lines between its mobile and desktop interfaces for some time now. The fact is that Microsoft is taking Metro very seriously and truly feels that it is the way of the future, heck, they even gave the Metro look-and-feel makeover to their website and Office. Lastly, many argue that Metro does not work well with mouse control, because it is designed for touchscreens. This is partly true, as Windows 8 is the first Windows to be truly user friendly for touch-only devices. However, I, for one, have been using Windows 8 beta builds on laptop, and if I can use Metro smoothly with Lenovo Thinkpad’s famous TrackPoint, then anyone can use Metro with regular mouse.
Issue #3: Windows 8 is going to suck, because of the “every-other”-rule!
Ah, the famous ”every-other”-rule. The argument behind this one is simply that since Windows 3.1, every other Windows has been bad and every other good. For Example many think that XP was good, Vista was bad, 7 was good, and therefore 8 must be bad again. This is usually the last argument what Windows 8 haters use when they run out of issues about it. When people say this, there is not much reasoning that could be done, so I consider them as lost cases. I find it a bit sad tough that Windows Vista is still in such a bad reputation, which originated mainly from the fact that it was considered to be a huge resource hog when it was launched back in 2005, especially when compared to old XP. A lot has changed since its launch, and at least the SP1 made it a really good overall OS. And don’t forget that many of Windows 7’s much loved features were originally introduced in Vista! So with that myth now busted, I’d say you can safely be excited about the Windows 8 official launch on October.
But that’s all this time folks, feel free to post in comments if you have issues or arguments against Windows 8, and I just might tackle those next time.
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Joel is an Information Systems Science student from Jyväskylä University. He is into all things digital, always seeking out the thrills of new technology and innovations. Between that and his work at mobile marketing, he tries to hide his geekyness behind random extreme recreational activities.