quote: The desktop, for example, not only needs to stay, it needs to be improved. The Start Screen needs to be dumped, or else Microsoft needs to create a version of Windows 8 that is STRICTLY for tablet and touchscreen devices. I will never use a touchpad/touchscreen on my desktop, and there's no rational reason why anyone would want to except in certain niche products.
quote: XP Mode in Win7 was a bust also.
quote: I work at a large hospital facility... we run XP... we have to.So many of our heathcare apps are quite old...
quote: Seems kinda short-sighted.
quote: Whoever created the software you use... did they expect XP to run forever?
quote: Seems kinda short-sighted.
quote: Microsoft needs to go back to the drawing board and give people a choice instead of forcing thier touch UI on everything.
quote: Touch is critical to Windows 8. Thus every Windows 8-compatible keyboard or laptop should have to ship with a multi-touch pad.
quote: A slow phasing out is the best plan.
quote: Microsoft did this with Windows XP and allowed you to revert to the older Windows 98 start menu. I don't see why they couldn't have both UIs and allow you to choose which to run. At least at that point each UI by themselves would be more efficient than running two partial UIs at one time.
quote: What I do agree with is that it needs tutorials for those who can't be bothered to take ten minutes to learn what IS different.
quote: A standard 23'' 1080P touchscreen monitor is slowly getting to 300$, and people will gradually drop their laptop for a tablet or a convertible, so its gonna happen.
quote: You need a background wallpaper in Metro (yes i still call it metro). The thing i hate the most about the new start screen is the unicolor background, after all these years of effort to make nice looking desktop themes. More customisable tiles. Not just change the size, i want to fill my screen from top to bottom, leave gaps without tiles auto-ajusting, like i do with icons on the desktop.
quote: Ribbon. It's the corner stone of office. If you want to get rid of the desktop you need to port the ribbon to metro. It doable (swipe down from top) but so far the top of the screen has not been used by Microsoft for apps menus.
quote: open platform vs closed. how has android been soo successful in this endeavor - i can only assume they stole microsoft's playbook from the 80's and 90's given that microsoft has somehow forgotten.
quote: The people who criticize Windows 8 can't see the big picture. They only see their narrow use-case which is usually the desktop. Windows 8 was built for the next wave of devices like the Surface Pro, XPS 12, Yoga and Thinkpad Helix.
quote: I agree with you in the part of Windows 8 being a "transition" OS, and as the touch environment continues to grow and be adopted we will see more and more the advantages of the people who decided not to stay in 1990 with their mouse and keyboards...
quote: Windows 8 is pretty intuitive once learned
quote: The criticism surrounding Metro/Windows 8 UI is mostly, I would argue, due to the usability issues
quote: If $11 USD represents, to some extent, the difference between Windows 8 being crippled versus fully usable, that's a pretty small price to pay.
quote: ll-in all I would rate Win8 between XP/7 and Vista/Me. It's not Vista/Me launch bad, it's not 7/XP good
quote: Apple demonstrated that customers prepare a well marketed, clean/minimalist design.
quote: Touch is critical to Windows 8.
quote: Microsoft locks down its Operating System needlessly by tying it to a specific intel hardware feature.