I’m not a Microsoft basher, in fact quite the opposite. I am an official Microsoft Partner and as a .NET developer I am massively indebted to the Redmond Software giants for providing me with a career.
As a partner I typically get most of Microsoft’s software before the general market. This and the fact that I’m naturally inquisitive of applications make me and my company, Vectorsoft, a Early Adopter of especially Microsoft products and services.
With this in mind I installed Windows 8 a couple of months ago. I am quite forgiving of new software and I have a notoriously low RT (Resistance to Change) factor and so I expected to the Windows 8 experience not to be completely smooth in the beginning.
However now 8 weeks later, I am now longing back for the stability & predictably of good ol’e Windows 7. Don’t get me wrong; there is lots that I love about Windows 8. I actually really like the Metro design. The right-click functionality allows much more use of screen real estate and I love that. Some of the Microsoft Metro apps are brilliant – the email client is the best designed email client I have EVER used. I also like the Apps (or Store) model with easy-updates etc – quite similar to the Android Play model. I think they are onto a winner here eventually, but right now it is not ready.
Why I’m bitching:
- The primary problem is that for a power user like me that spends at least 8 hours a day using Windows design familiarity is very important. Presently the switching between the new and the “old” look-and-feel is a very confusing experience.
- Many of the great looking Metro apps aren’t as fully functional as their “old” versions. Teamviewer and the Mail App are two prime examples of this. This means I have both versions installed or only the “old” one.
- The navigation between old and new applications is still buggy. Clicking on the top-left “charm” only iterates through the new apps and not the old ones. This is very irritating.
So for me I regret installing Windows 8. Eventually I do believe the reasons for it not being that good will become less – mostly because the apps will mature into Windows 8 to harness the new functionality and design elements, but until then I would hold off on Windows 8.