Paul Allen Calls Windows 8 "Puzzling" and "Confusing Initially"
October 3, 2012 8:00 AM
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Allen says people will get used to the changes
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen left the company in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. He has recently made comments about Windows 8 and believes that people will eventually learn to like the OS. However, he recently stated that Windows 8 was "puzzling" and "confusing initially." Allen made comments on a post this week made on his personal blog.
Allen says that he has been running Windows 8 Release Preview, which shipped back in May, on his desktop and on a Samsung 700T. That is the tablet that Microsoft is been handing out to developers, analysts, and some members of the press to get them to try out Windows 8.
"The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application -- such as Internet Explorer -- can be opened and run simultaneously," Allen said.
The two user interfaces that Allen is talking about are the Windows 8 style, previously called Metro, offering a minimalist look and the classic view that looks like a slightly modified Windows 7 desktop. Allen also criticized some of the changes to the operating system that have been voiced by other users as well.
"Strangely, there is no way to set the desktop as your default view (there should be)," Allen wrote. "This is one of the single biggest changes in Windows 8: the lack of the familiar Start menu."
"I found myself wishing that a Power tile was available on the Start screen to make these commands more accessible," Allen continued.
Ultimately, Allen says that even with the quirks of the new operating system that Windows 8 would be manageable by users. He also believes that Microsoft will address any issues with its next release. Some of the issues Allen mentions are reasons beleived to be contributing to the
of early versions of Windows 8.
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RE: 2 Things
10/3/2012 11:49:12 AM
I understand what you mean. I used Windows 8 on my primary PC for a few months, starting with the Consumer Preview and ending with the Release Preview. I also ended up not being able to really get into it though I honestly tried; and I didn't like how they kept taking stuff out of the desktop environment between the two versions, and promised to do so a lot more for the actual release. For me it was just too cumbersome, especially for multitasking, even with all keyboard shortcuts; work flow was too choppy and I deplore everything about the tiles.
Contrast this to Windows 7 which I latched to the moment I first used the beta.
I want to use Windows 8 (I love the faster boot and the better resource handling), and I'm hoping people will be able to make third party programs that can change it how I would need to be enticed by it; but at this rate it just doesn't seem like it's the right direction for a desktop/laptop OS to head (for tablets it looks like it'll be perfect), and I just can't give it my money in support. Especially when the features I do like in Windows 8 could easily be given to 7 through a service pack update.
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