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Old 04-04-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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I gotta say I love the metro look for tablets and cell phones but it kind of seems like it wouldn't work so well in a desktop environment.

Apple made the same mistake with OSX Lion trying to combine iOS with Mac OS. I almost never use the launchpad view to go through apps but at least apple doesn't boot up in launchpad mode. I know cycling through pages of full screen apps is a royal pain in the butt too when your trying to multitask. I tried it on Lion for a while and quickly realized that it was more trouble than it's worth and a full screen browser window on a 27" monitor is a little much anyway....

Both Apple and Microsoft need to realize that a desktop is not limited by a small screen size so why are they pushing these OS's on us that dumb everything down to the lowest common denominator. OSX Mountain Lion looks like they are going even more in the direction of iOS for desktops and laptops too.

We all know that it's only a matter of time before the Metro look for Windows and Launchpad look for OSX completely take over the OS and the old looks will be dropped completely.
At least with OSX you can choose not to use the 'iOS' functions. I actually like the full screen function on my 13" macbook, plus the invisible scroll bars and the fact you can resize windows from any corner. Apple have gone about this the right way IMO (though launchpad is pointless, I agree).
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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and the fact you can resize windows from any corner. Apple have gone about this the right way IMO (though launchpad is pointless, I agree).
Oh really? I have a Macbook Pro, OS-X 10.6.8 and I can only resize windows from the lower right corner. Is that one of the new features of Lion?
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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Oh really? I have a Macbook Pro, OS-X 10.6.8 and I can only resize windows from the lower right corner. Is that one of the new features of Lion?
Yes lion only. It depends on the app though, not all applications have full lion support.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Question in my mind would be: assuming I can disable or avoid "metro" features, Is the desktop experience an upgrade from Windows 7? From what I've seen, it is not. Therefore, not worth an "upgrade" from Windows 7. Although eventually my current desktop and laptop will die and the new ones will probably come pre-installed with Win-8.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:53 PM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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Question in my mind would be: assuming I can disable or avoid "metro" features, Is the desktop experience an upgrade from Windows 7? From what I've seen, it is not. Therefore, not worth an "upgrade" from Windows 7. Although eventually my current desktop and laptop will die and the new ones will probably come pre-installed with Win-8.
The desktop experience is a downgrade, and you can't disable or avoid the start menu. Its a tablet os that'll run desktop apps (badly). There are alternatives to windows btw
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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I've just spent the day trying out win 8 - OMG. What were they thinking? The interface is a disaster, unintuitive and completely unsuited to desktops. This thing makes vista look good! Classic mode is hobbled too as you have to keep switching back to metro because there's no start menu, and no indication the 'start' function is right down in the corner of the page. This thing is a complete disaster. I predict people will stick with 7.
Matches my experience so far. I did install an add-on replacement for the missing Start button, but it's not quite the same as the old Win7 version. Things are still difficult to find.

Windows 8 to me seems very "app/cloud" oriented, versus the previous PC environment that focused on locally installed programs and files. Trying to combine the two does not work well, in my opinion.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I really think MS is blowing it here/ I thought Vista, once the bugs were worked out, was a step in the right direction. With Win7 I think MS finally nailed a worthy replacement for XP. It's solid and beautiful and stable.
8 is a step in the wrong direction. I really hope this isn't the final version...
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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Utlimately, for me and my uses this just seems like a hobbled version of Windows 7.
I AGREE 100%! (caps on purpose). Remember Windows ME?

However, the bootup and shut-down times are way faster.

Microsoft uses us as guinea pigs.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I also don't like how they REALLY try to shoehorn you into signing up for a MS email address.
I get it on the WinPhone. I get it on the Wintablet. But not for my PC.
*sigh*
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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There are alternatives to windows btw
Technically, sure. Realistically... no there isn't.

Linux? Still not ready for prime time.
Seriously doubt it ever will be.

Apple? Yea, I'd rather not have to use Bootcamp to boot Windows on my Mac so I can play BF3.

Am I missing anything?
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