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Old 03-12-12, 09:40 PM   #13
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Metro?

When I first saw it from a distance, it reminded me of one of the first versions of windows with the huge "icons". Like one step above dos shell. My bios looks and feels a lot slicker than Metro, IMO. UEFI that is.
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Old 03-12-12, 11:18 PM   #14
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SP1.

Metro on the desktop and laptops that are not touch screen will fail. Worse than Vista, IMO.

I'm quite certain after such a failure the traditional start menu will be re-implemented via a SP. Maybe not SP1, but it'll be re-implemented.
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Old 03-13-12, 01:55 AM   #15
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It takes a bit to realize it but honestly, metro IS the start menu
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Old 03-13-12, 08:19 AM   #16
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If this guy were savvy enough to know the consumer preview even existed and had actually went to the trouble of installing it, he would have been savvy enough to figure out how it works.
Obviously he was not, and was set up to look like a fool.
A five minute tutorial, and no doubt one will ship with the RTM build, and he would have been completely up to speed.
Even one word, "corners", and he would have figured it out.
The point is, when someone buys a computer set up with Windows 8, after using the same UI/UX for 17+ odd years, and finding everything changed around (and not for the better), there is going to be some bad mojo coming from the non-geek users.

Face it, Metro just does not fit on a non-touch environment. It has been cobbled into the keyboard/mouse environment not because it is easier or simpler. It is certainly not to the majority of users. It is a difficult environment to have to do any kind of serious work in.
For instance, I typically use search to open apps or find files that I commonly work with, in this manner; Win-key > type first few letters > enter. I may have to key down a couple of times to select if not the first item.
Doing this, I rarely have to even take my eyes off of my work or can be concentrating on something else while doing that.
Now notice the changes under Win 8. Hitting Win-key takes you to the Start Screen. Typing the first few letters takes me to the search screen. Notice that I have to key down to Apps/Settings/Files and select that, then select from the file I am looking for.
This whole process is extremely jarring, inefficient, and extremely unnecessary compared to the old way. It does not make it simpler nor easier.

Also, notice that all apps you install get placed on the Start Screen (legacy apps are ugly as hell). On a normal install, I have roughly 200 games alone. Many of those install multiple icons. That alone is going to be a major hassle. No more hierarchical or nested folders in Metro. That is going to be one major cluster f*ck to deal with.

I have many more problems worse than this. And I am certainly not the only one to make these complaints. MS is going to have a major problem on their hands when they release this OS.
It may very well succeed in the long run, due to an already built-in monopoly. But that does not make it right.
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Old 03-13-12, 08:30 AM   #17
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The point is, when someone buys a computer set up with Windows 8, after using the same UI/UX for 17+ odd years, and finding everything changed around (and not for the better), there is going to be some bad mojo coming from the non-geek users.
You're right. I think Mel is thinking of the geeks only. I've had a chance to play with it a bit now and it is fast and a pretty sweet OS so far, but I just can't see it being mass marketed to the "download recipe>print" crowd without major heartaches.

There's a lot of potential win in this on a touchpad, but heck, it took me 2 minutes to figure out how to shut it down

OEM's will tout this as the fastest/bestest/save_your_soul OS ever for a while and the average user who only powers on, checks email and coupons and shuts down, is going to hate it.
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You're right. I think Mel is thinking of the geeks only. I've had a chance to play with it a bit now and it is fast and a pretty sweet OS so far, but I just can't see it being mass marketed to the "download recipe>print" crowd without major heartaches.

There's a lot of potential win in this on a touchpad, but heck, it took me 2 minutes to figure out how to shut it down

OEM's will tout this as the fastest/bestest/save_your_soul OS ever for a while and the average user who only powers on, checks email and coupons and shuts down, is going to hate it.
Not to mention those who run multiple monitors, or working on multiple spreadsheets or photoshop projects, etc.
Seriously, if you can, run Win 8 on 2-3 monitors. Tell me how long it takes you to pull your hair out.
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Old 03-13-12, 08:39 AM   #19
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Not to mention those who run multiple monitors, or working on multiple spreadsheets or photoshop projects, etc.
Seriously, if you can, run Win 8 on 2-3 monitors. Tell me how long it takes you to pull your hair out.
I'm going to hook up my second monitor tonight. I haven't read up on it much, but support doesn't look good at the current time. I take it that's an accurate statement?
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I'm going to hook up my second monitor tonight. I haven't read up on it much, but support doesn't look good at the current time. I take it that's an accurate statement?


THis reviewer is being quite charitable.
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Old 03-13-12, 09:59 AM   #21
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I'll keep that in mind, thanks.




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EDIT: Using an Asus 23" panel as my second display and as of yet it's actually not too painful. With the exception of narrowing down settings (that video helped btw) it's a very similar experience as win 7
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Old 03-13-12, 07:43 PM   #22
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The point is, when someone buys a computer set up with Windows 8, after using the same UI/UX for 17+ odd years, and finding everything changed around (and not for the better), there is going to be some bad mojo coming from the non-geek users.

Face it, Metro just does not fit on a non-touch environment. It has been cobbled into the keyboard/mouse environment not because it is easier or simpler. It is certainly not to the majority of users. It is a difficult environment to have to do any kind of serious work in.
For instance, I typically use search to open apps or find files that I commonly work with, in this manner; Win-key > type first few letters > enter. I may have to key down a couple of times to select if not the first item.
Doing this, I rarely have to even take my eyes off of my work or can be concentrating on something else while doing that.
Now notice the changes under Win 8. Hitting Win-key takes you to the Start Screen. Typing the first few letters takes me to the search screen. Notice that I have to key down to Apps/Settings/Files and select that, then select from the file I am looking for.
This whole process is extremely jarring, inefficient, and extremely unnecessary compared to the old way. It does not make it simpler nor easier.
WIN + <type> = search everything
WIN + F = search files
WIN + Q = search applications
etc...

I'm not arguing that the new Start menu is not initially a bit jarring, it just might take a little effort to adjust to it.
I also understand and approve of what Microsoft is trying to accomplish, providing the same general experience whether you are on a phone, tablet, or PC.
I also have no doubt that developers are going to create applications which will make Windows 8 virtually identical to Windows 7 with regards to productivity, including the legacy Start menu.
Of course we also have yet to evaluate the final product, which this preview is definitely not.

Regarding multiple monitors, I've been running dual since I installed the preview, and have no problem whatsoever with it.
WIN + <page up> swaps the task and charm bar between monitors, WIN + <c> brings up the charm bar...
It's really worthwhile learning the keyboard shortcuts.
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Old 03-14-12, 08:09 AM   #23
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WIN + <type> = search everything
WIN + F = search files
WIN + Q = search applications
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Mel, I knew about those 10 minutes after they were implemented. You're missing the point...

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I'm not arguing that the new Start menu is not initially a bit jarring, it just might take a little effort to adjust to it.
Why must I get used to an unnecessary and annoying distraction?

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I also understand and approve of what Microsoft is trying to accomplish, providing the same general experience whether you are on a phone, tablet, or PC.
And why would this be a good thing? Is Apple doing this with iOS and OSX? Not to my knowledge. And yet people get along with all of those just fine. You would not want the iOS UI being forced upon you, and vice versa. Why? Because one does not necessarily work well with the other. Apple knows this. MS obviously hasn't caught on to that fact.

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I also have no doubt that developers are going to create applications which will make Windows 8 virtually identical to Windows 7 with regards to productivity, including the legacy Start menu.
Of course we also have yet to evaluate the final product, which this preview is definitely not.
And if such a thing were to be used widespread, it would prove that MS was wrong in forcing us to use Metro on the desktop in the first place. Which would validate my point.
And yes, it is not the final product. But Sinofsky has gone on record as saying that it is essentially feature complete at this point.

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Regarding multiple monitors, I've been running dual since I installed the preview, and have no problem whatsoever with it.
WIN + <page up> swaps the task and charm bar between monitors, WIN + <c> brings up the charm bar...
It's really worthwhile learning the keyboard shortcuts.
I know kb shortcuts, and use them. I am not complaining about the shortcuts, I am complaining about the fact that certain modes and usages make hot corners almost useless. Again, bad design. They may of course fix this by RTM. We'll see.
I am also complaining about the oversized interface that we are forced to look at when in desktop mode. It is incredibly distracting and ugly, not to mention that it ruins ones workflow. Again, I don't see the problem they are trying to fix on the desktop.
Also, a great majority of windows users do not use keyboard shortcuts. For many casual users, it is not comfortable to do so.
Changing something for the sake of change alone is bad design. Everyone knows this. While small incremental changes may mean little (for example, changing the color of the windows bitmaps, etc), changes like this need to have a very good reason to exist. And while it may be great for tablets and phones, it is absolutely worthless on a non-touch interface.
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Old 03-16-12, 06:45 PM   #24
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http://www.extremetech.com/computing...-desktop-video

Pretty much sums it up right there. Why is it that I feel like this is going to fail harder than Vista ever did...
Pretty much. Windows 8 is a silly UI, but chris pirillo is a little whiny b*tch 9/11 conspiracy theorist who sounds like he's crying all the time.
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