FormlessOne: Your blog sucks.
BunkyBrewman: ...as does Windows 8... for anything with a keyboard.
vartian: BunkyBrewman: ...as does Windows 8... for anything with a keyboard.Apparently, it sucks on everything:Not only did someone at Microsoft think that it was a good idea to make Metro the primary user interface in Windows 8, but they also decided to destroy the 'classic' user interface experience too by also 'Ribbonizing' most of the applications. These Ribbon toolbars are packed with small user elements and are fiddly to use with a mouse, and even more fiddly - at times bordering on impossible to use - when driven with a finger.The Ribbon toolbars, which we first saw in Office 2007, weren't developed with touch in mind, but it appears that Microsoft has decided to adopt them as a cheap alternative to spreading the Metro user interface across the whole of Windows 8. Not only do they not work well on touch systems, they're also terribly cluttered and confusing.
cman: Hopefully Windows 8 will be such a flop that companies that make OSes stop this bullshiat mobile on desktop philosophy.fark Windows 8, fark GNOME 3, fark Unity
kwirlkarphys: so, i've been running windows 8 ... one of my big problems is how they force me to 'sign in' to access a lot of features, and worse, they make me 'link' an account that if you use an xbox, is automatically linked to your credit card or billing info...not secure at all
Somacandra: FTFA: Microsoft has thrown away this concept and instead adopted a system called the Start Screen where the links to all your apps are spread across the screen.Wow. This was odd to read. I've done this for years anyway. I cluster app shortcuts I use 90% of the time in different screen areas. That's how I've liked it. I can't stand the Start button and scrolling through different columns. I guess its the opposite for lots of people? Actually now I cluster my working document folders on one side of the screen and the app that I need opens when I open the document. After all, who opens apps for the sake of the app? I open things I need to work on--the program its linked to is just a means to an end. Of course I use Macs personally.
RandomAxe: Windows' general design has been going downhill since 3.11, and that one wasn't terrific, either.I've stuck with XP because XP was actually an improvement over its immediate predecessors. Expecting any later version to be an improvement on XP is an act of absurd optimism, and I'm rarely absurd and optimistic at the same time.
WhyteRaven74: How about just letting people decide which UI they want? Be perfectly easy to set up a user customizable UI.
Gwendolyn: If you've used Windows Phone then the interface feel[sic] familiar.Yes all 4 of you.
Archimedes' Principal: Windows 8 was expected to suck. It's the next version after a successful one./ Windows8, Windows7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME, etc.
What Plants Crave: That's why I started pinning things to the start menu and switching to small icons. 95% of the programs I use on any given day are right there or in the quick-launch bar. On the odd occasion I need anything else then I go the the scroll or search route.[i341.photobucket.com image 640x360]
Somacandra: ... Of course I use Macs personally.
dennysgod: Win7 is most certainly an improvement over XP, Win7 makes XP look like Win98r2
Flint Ironstag: Why should I change? XP runs all the programmes I want, and that's all I want an OS to do.
runcible spork: What Plants Crave: That's why I started pinning things to the start menu and switching to small icons. 95% of the programs I use on any given day are right there or in the quick-launch bar. On the odd occasion I need anything else then I go the the scroll or search route.[i341.photobucket.com image 640x360]That column of stuff on the right, what is it? I bet it's some feature I stripped out early on but which I might want to reconsider, as it looks useful combined with small icons.
dameron: It's fine. Anyone who wants to use it on an input limited device will quickly get it and anyone who uses the metro UI on a desktop is either using it as a media device, has a touchscreen installed or is an idiot.
What Plants Crave: That would be Rainmeter./also uploaded new pic from smaller screen cap
runcible spork: What Plants Crave: That would be Rainmeter./also uploaded new pic from smaller screen capThank you! Will check it (both) out.
Charles_Nelson_Reilly: gingerjet: Consistency and predictability are hallmarks of interface design and Microsoft has basically thrown all that out the window with these idiotic designs.This, this, this! Microsoft will not be happy until the OS and Office completely randomize their UI every time the machine is started you look away from the screen.
What Plants Crave: There are a couple of other utilities worth mentioning that really enhance the Windows desktop:Dexpot for Gnome/Xfce workspaces like functionality (I think it's called Spaces on a Mac)GridMove for partitioning the screen and confining windows to certain areas (like Aero Snap on steroids).
mamoru: dennysgod: Win7 is most certainly an improvement over XP, Win7 makes XP look like Win98r2I agree. So far, Win7 is the best Windows ever made. It's pretty much outstanding. And this is coming from a Mac user (on a MacBook Pro, I dual boot using MacOS for work and general use and Win7 for gaming).Flint Ironstag: Why should I change? XP runs all the programmes I want, and that's all I want an OS to do.So you can use more than 3GB of RAM? If you don't have that much, then it won't affect you, but this was the main driving force that got me to upgrade from XP to 7. And I'm glad I did. 7 had a lot of little things that it seems to do better than XP, and overall things seem more stable and at least as fast if not faster. Just my experience, though.
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