Windows 8 certainly has its fans, but it also has quite a few critics as well. In fact just recently Samsung decided to take a pretty big shot at Microsoft by stating that Windows 8 is “no better than the previous Windows Vista platform”, which is often considered one of the worst-received versions of Windows in history – next to Windows ME, that is.
The problem is the new changes and the complaints that they add confusion without really giving you any major benefits. Is that true? Honestly, that’s probably a matter of opinion. I can say I use Windows 8 and have ABSOLUTELY NO problem with it. That said, I don’t use it any differently than I did Windows 7.
I rarely use Metro, just like I rarely ever used the Start Menu. Everything I need to achieve can be done through the desktop and Windows Explorer. If I need something else, I merely hit the Windows key on my keyboard and start typing away (I love Windows 8’s search).
Still, there are many people who want the Start Menu back for whatever reason. Now an analyst from IDC, Bob O’Donnell says that their newest ‘research’ indicates that most folks miss the Start menu and are annoyed by the lack of an option to boot directly into the desktop, bypassing the fullscreen Start Menu of Windows 8.
According to CNET, O’Donnell said this about these two complaint areas in Windows 8:
Those two things have come up consistently. We’ve done some research and people miss that. And there are a lot of people that as soon as they boot into Windows 8, they go to desktop mode and do most their work there and occasionally back to Metro. But the point being they’re much more comfortable with desktop mode.
Are these Valid Concerns or Not?
First off, it is hard to call this ‘research’ when just about EVERYONE knows that these are common complaint areas. While the Start Menu problem might be a big deal for some (even if I personally don’t think it is), why is booting to the screen so bad?
Windows 8 boots much quicker than Windows 7. So you have to take an extra 1-3 seconds to hit on the “Desktop” icon in the Start UI, why is that such a big deal? I guess I just don’t understand why that makes people so mad. They have the right to feel that way, I just don’t agree or see it as a real problem myself.
So will the continued drama and complaints surrounding Windows 8 eventually get Microsoft to change its mind, whether in Blue, another update or Windows 9? We’ve said it a thousand times but I’ll say it again: NO. Microsoft is going to ride this one out, regardless of the criticism.
As for the second issue of booting into the desktop? O’Donnell seems to think that Microsoft OEMs could pressure them to change their minds about that, and I can at least agree that it is possible. This isn’t as big of a deal and doesn’t really change Windows 8’s ‘core idea’ all that much.
Of course Microsoft might want us constantly booting into the full-screen Start Menu in order to get used to the change and adapt. If that is the case, they probably won’t budge much there either.
Do you think either of these complaints are that big of a deal? Do you use Metro, or like me to you feel that bypassing it and using it occasionally isn’t a problem or deterrent for using Windows 8? Share your thoughts below.