Windows 8 is a Very Mixed Bag

I live in Pittsburgh where, thanks to Sandy, it’s been raining for the past week. That put a serious damper on Halloween last night. However my kids still got a decent haul. Of course one of the best parts of Halloween is dumping your bag out on the floor and sorting out your King-Size Snickers bars from your junk: Super Bubble bubble gum, Dum-Dums, pencils…

Windows 8 is kinda like that. There’s a lot to love, and a lot to hate.

For those interested no I haven’t had any hands-on experience with 8 as of yet. Everything has been third hand. That said, the reviews are pretty soundly ambivalent all things considered.

When Windows 7 hit the shelves, people picked it up in droves because of the dissatisfaction with – and avoidance of – Windows Vista. It has proven to be a very good product. Acceptance of Windows 8 has been much more tepid. There was a huge bump with people upgrading their Windows 7 devices, given that MS offered 8 Pro as a $40 upgrade. But it still seems like people comfortable with 7 are taking a wait-and-see attitude. According to ComputerWorld for example:

“According to data released Thursday by Web measurement firm Net Applications, 0.45% of all computers running Windows during October were powered by Windows 8. That number, which represents 45 out of every 10,000 Windows machines, was a jump of slightly more than one-third over the month before.

But it’s a far cry from Windows 7’s uptake: At the end of October 2009, Windows 7 accounted for 2.33% of all Windows PCs, or 233 out of 10,000. That puts Windows 7 as the easy winner in the early race. Its share of all Windows PCs in its release month was more than five times that of Windows 8’s.”

Reviewers have written extensively about Windows 8’s pluses and minuses, which has led to hesitation from the market. The site ExtremeTech for example noted that Windows 8 does offer distinct and significant performance improvements over 7, especially in key areas such as security, boot time, and power management. However other columnists at ExtremeTech have nearly cried about the “train wreck” that is the Desktop/Metro interface. There already seems to be a cottage industry developing around how to deal with or work around the Metro tile interface on the desktop.

I don’t see the need or reason to move to Windows 8 right now as a satisfied 7 user. If I were buying a Windows-based tablet I would certainly consider it, but as of right now I’m still primarily a desktop user. Perhaps service packs will address the major problems with the interface and make the desktop experience smoother.


Posted on November 1, 2012, in Microsoft Windows, software and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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