So for those of you that don't know I'm a pretty big ms guy. But that doesn't mean I love everything they come up with. I've been very underwhelmed by their mobile performance, as present by me typing this on my iPhone. But with windows 8 I was hoping to be surprised, sadly I have not. I purchased a new desktop and laptop for work purposes two weeks ago both came with windows 8 installed. Neither is a touchscreen and for work purposes touch is for lack of a better word, silly.
When working with an operating system the first two thing that comes to mind are functionality and intuitiveness.
In terms of functionality windows 8 seems like a step backwards, you expect the normal problems with new drivers for your older equipment but the inability sometime to even get to step 1 of setting up your printer is just plain stupid. It shouldn't be complicated to get from point a to point b when setting up your system and windows 8 seems to excel at not only keeping you from step to step it makes it hard just to find where to start.
Also with functionality the dumbed down version of programs in apps is mind boggling. Why does Internet explorer lose functions in app mode? And why does it look different than if I load it from the desktop? Are these really things they missed in q&a? I've seen a few reviews that discuss how the start screen is the future, well let me say the future sucks. I really would like to meet the guy that ran the before market testing, did he kick anyone out that said "hey how do I shut this thing off"? Or "I'd like to see what I have on my hard drive"? Operating systems should be simple to the user and complex in its background. I know the guy behind the development was pushed out for being a complete ass monkey but I can't believe his ego allowed this thing to hit store shelves. I'm sure in time I will adapt but adaptation should feel like I'm progressing not accepting something that just isn't as good as its predecessor.