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Monday, February 17, 2014

Rant on Windows 8

Yup, Windows 8. If you've ever met me you would probably catch a couple negative comments about it. First off, I would like to say that I'm sick of hearing the same excuses given by Microsoft fanboys, its usually something like: "You're just not used to it." or "Your only experience with it is at Walmart." I do have some experience with it, I have a friend who I visit every now and then and usually end up using his computer with Windows 8. Its easy to maneuver, and I know what I'm doing. But that doesn't make it a good OS. So, aside the missing start menu (that already got enough criticism), I would like to explain why I hate the Metro interface. All the new features in the Metro can be (and should be) done in a web browser. The Metro attempts to replace the GUI with it's fullscreen apps such as Internet Explorer. Its optimization for touchscreens really bothers me, if you do anything real with your PC, a touchscreen would really be the last thing you'd have in mind, otherwise, you'd be better off with a tablet. Things such as gaming, programming, and file management are much more easily done with a mouse and keyboard. The Charm Bar is useless, and should have its' features implemented in the Metro, or more preferably, a Start Menu. The architecture of Windows 8 is horrible. An OS is composed of multiple programs running in the background with a kernel, right? Well, in previous distros Windows would run it's GUI interface, which you could usually find in the Task Manager. Not in Windows 8, it boots into the Metro for it's new interface and the Desktop is merely an app, so when you get to it, its just an app, with Metro running in the background. So yeah, I hope these are some justifiable reasons to hate Windows 8.


  1. I'm not sure what you mean by making Metro run in a web browser? Can you explain how that would work? I don't see how it works from a technical perspective.

    And the Charms bar is not useless. It's a menu option designed to be a central interface to change things no matter what app you are in. For example, when you choose Settings from within the Mail app - you get Mail app settings but when you are on the Calendar app you get the Calendar settings. This is so much better than having a different settings location depending on what program you are running.

    Also just because Windows 8 was designed for use with tablets, does not IN ANY WAY mean that you need to have a touch device. The mouse and keyboard work just fine in this environment. Windows 8 being a touch-only OS is NOT true.

    1. The Metro is filled with apps such as the weather app, which can easily be checked online. The same with email. Why not access your email through a browser? Not everybody wants email embedded in their OS. Aside from that the charm bar intrudes into the desktop.