Originally Posted by tman247
I think MS are expecting a rocky road with 8. They're testing the waters with this unified Metro interface, which they hope will be a success on desktops, tablets and phones. Trouble is, I don't think this is a 'one size fits all' market. Trying to force desktop/laptop users to use an interface primarily designed for phones and tablets is a asking a lot from consumers, but for MS it's s sure fire way to save in development costs. To really get the most from Metro, no matter what MS say, you need a touch screen, and while monitor manufacturers will be pushing everything 'touch' in the coming months, in the current economic climate, I can't see a huge queue forming. Once you try and fumble around Metro with a keyboard and mouse, you quickly realise how difficult it is to navigate. Business are likely to totally bypass 8 as well. In my company, were well on the way with our Win7 deployment, and feedback is very good. Metro is just not a business class interface, and would lead to a huge drop in productivity as far as I can see.
Rumours are Apple is considering moving iOS to the desktop as well, unifying their desktop/mobile interfaces. It will be interesting to see, if they try this, whether it works for them either.
I don't think MS are expecting a rocky road, I think they are not stupid enough to think it is not a possibility though. As for the interface, people really need to stop and think for a bit because it is getting to be a bit of the same "Vista sucks" bandwagon that persisted via a number of people (not all) who didn't use the product in question for any extensive period of time. The interface is designed to be touch friendly, but it is not designed to be touch exclusive. I've played around with the interface and after learning some keyboard shortcuts, there are things that are better than in Windows 7, those that require some adjustment (similar to how the move from XP to Vista required adjustments) and there are those that now have more steps compared to early windows (some of these won't be issues for some people because they are usually rarely touched). It all depends on what you use your computer for that will determine how quickly (if ever) you would be able to adopt Windows 8 into your workflow. The good thing is, Windows 7 is still around and will continue to be supported and since nobody is forcing people to upgrade, I don't see why there is so much negativity towards Windows 8. It is an option, and last I heard, choice is a good thing. I find for everyday productivity (at least on a single monitor, I have not yet had enough time to play with the latest preview on my primary workstation) to be better in windows 8 - not that it was a huge hindrance in 7. I rarely used the start menu in windows 7 anyway, everything I used regularly was pinned and what I didn't have pinned could easily be searched in the start menu - which is easy to do in the new metro interface. So in a nutshell - windows search, integrated into the metro screen = search in start menu and pinning apps to the task bar = pinning tiles to the metro screen. Once you have launched the apps you need to use, metro fades into the background just as the start menu did.
If you use your computer as I do then the OS does come more into play since I juggle lots of windows at a time, but I also know quite a few people for which once the browser is launched, there is not much else the OS needs to do... the occasional loading of their media player of choice to play music/movies, ingest-catalog-edit photos etc. etc. For these people, the metro interface won't be a hindrance at all. For me, I'll be able to adapt and in time it will become second nature, as all OSes before it have. Just for reference, I have a triple monitor setup on my primary workstation and use my machine for development, documentation, cad work, photo/video/audio editing, browsing, playing media etc. etc. in essence, the usual tasks. Windows 7 will serve me fine for a while, but with MSDN /technet, it is a zero dollar investment to give windows 8 a try.
Windows 7 is very much like windows vista, but the simple aero snap feature alone is enough reason to upgrade (I am aware of third party tools - but it was just one of many reasons and a good one at that). With windows 8, there are a number of features that have my interest and would warrant further investigation... e.g. faster boot times, storage spaces/pools, multi-monitor enhancements just to name a few. You take the good with the bad and you weigh up the pros and cons for your particular usage and then make a decision if it is even something you need to consider. Afterall, quite a large number of people are still on XP so it's not like you have to upgrade (unless of course there is something that is no longer supported e.g. DirectX etc.)