I have been playing with 8 for months now and I have a lot of people asking me more and more about it. From what I see and what people are telling me the Windows 8 comments are, “it’s not like what we used to have so we don’t like it” and “it’s so much easier to use, I like it.”
Note the first person speaking for more than themselves , and thinking they can speak for more than themselves. I have had people who are programmers and who do most of their work in Visual Basic say they are testing Linux for the first time. Not a lot of Visual Basic on Linux, so they have a lot invested in Windows and are thinking of jumping ship because of the new UI. And yet ordinary users like the new (they just renamed it ) ‘Modern UI’. (Yes Modern, as in not the UI your grandmother used.)
So my observations and where I think this will go. People who are the power Windows users, IT and the pundits all hate it. But real people who want to do real stuff with their computers but find the current one confusing will find the Modern UI mostly easier but when it swaps to the old desktop at some point will find that confusing. (Just push the Windows key and you are back to the new Modern UI.
I think that more users than ever will like the new Windows, and more people than ever will try it and then try a Windows Tablet or Windows Phone. I think Microsoft has found the key to making their product relevant again and it will help them battle back for some more share of the Smart Phone and Tablet Market.
Me I think it’s an OS like any other. I use it as I use any other tool in my tool box. It makes some things easier like communicating and PowerPoint Other things just run better on another OS and somethings you just don’t trust to it because it is not a real time OS and some things just need 6 millisecond timing. And then there is the security thing which they are trying to fix but, another post will come about that.
- Brace Yourselves – Windows 8 is Coming! (beanstalk-inc.com)
- Microsoft reportedly changing “Metro” to “Modern UI Style” (ubergizmo.com)
- On Second Thought: Microsoft Is Calling Metro “Modern UI Style” Now [Microsoft] (gizmodo.com)