Metro Aside, Does Windows 8 Offer Enough To Want To Upgrade?

When it comes my favorite version of Windows ever, I would have to likely call out Windows 2000.

When it arrived I found it ran almost all my favorite Windows 95/98 games and applications, had an easier-to-use interface than NT4, and was substantially more reliable than Windows 95 and 98 ever were.

I was such fanatically obsessed with this version that I basically skipped XP (which I never cared much for) and kept with Windows 2000 up until my switch to Mac OS X.

I did eventually own an XP laptop and admit it was actually much better than Win2K after a few expansion packs and supported legacy Win 95/98 apps even better than Win2K ever did, but I have stubbornness issues so Windows XP will forever stay in my memory as not as cool as Win2k.

So from Windows XP onward, I really had little interest in Windows, that was until Windows 7 arrived on scene. I have been very impressed with the overall direction Microsoft has taken in the last few years.

Now comes Windows 8 and many new changes. So how do I feel about it all? I’m fairly optimistic though I’m not completely sold on Metro’s UI at all. Don’t get me wrong, for many, many users the Metro UI will prove to be easier to use, more attractive, and an overall simpler experience.

Unfortunately, that isn’t what I’m looking for in an OS.

I like the older desktop-feel, as evident by the fact I never liked the ‘fancy’ interface in XP and preferred the older work-horse interface that Win2K had to offer.

So for those of us that aren’t sold on new UI, what does Windows have to offer us? Plenty.

Okay, so this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the additional features present in Windows 8 outside of Metro. Why is it so important for me to focus on this? Namely, because I believe Windows 8 is a great idea.

Metro makes changes that will appeal to many users and hopefully make the PC easier for the elderly, younger folks, and just the technologically impaired.

At the same time I don’t believe Microsoft is throwing all its traditionalists users to the wayside, I think Windows 8 offers a great product even for traditionalists. Will I get Windows 8 when it arrives commercially? Almost certainly.

Will I use Metro? Maybe, though I’m not certain yet.

Okay, so what makes a Windows upgrade worth getting? In Windows 7 there were a few interface changes but what about those who didn’t like the new dock-like icons and wanted the traditional start bar, un-grouped and old-school. Did these users still find Windows 7 better than Vista? Sure.

Windows 7 offered a much more stable, faster, and more capable interface than Windows Vista. On the Mac-side, Snow Leopard wasn’t different from Leopard hardly at all, except it was much faster.

Windows 8 offers a much faster boot experience through the use of the hibernation kernel, it offers more cloud integration, and a faster overall experience than seen in Vista.

Sure, it doesn’t look a lot different (besides Metro), but appearances are often rather decieving.

Of course, this might not be enough for some users. For me, I find Windows 8 is heading in the right direction, trying to appeal to everyone.

Whether this works out in practice, we will see soon enough. Do you think that Windows 8 offers an appealing product for those that aren’t interested in Metro?

Are you going to make the upgrade or are you waiting until you absolutely have to make the upgrade? Share your thoughts below.

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  • Dan Dar3

    Overall performance is better than Windows 7, while application compatibility is good enough for me even with pre-beta. I expect beta to be even better and will upgrade at least my main laptop when W8 comes out, possibly my other computers as well if there’ll be a well priced volume package. Considering getting a new W8 tablet next year as well.

  • Daryl Kane18

    the 16 bit apps aint working anyways because dance ejay works fine on windows 2000 pro 32bit  but windows 8 32 bit does not. Any fix on that please there is a file missing in witch windows 2000 pro works with and 8 does not also

  • Konanyao

    Well, while waiting for the Beta, the more i try Windows 8 developper edition, the more it looks like an O.S a bit too much optimized for tablet and to some extent low end hardware.Unless, the Beta change dramatically that impression and manage to offer a full desktop/laptop mode, i will come to the conclusion that Windows 8 should have been the low end edition of a next gen Windows, with an upcoming edition optimized for laptop/desktop and other high end hardware devices.Think about Windows 8 would be a great O.S for tablet, convertible and netbooks/low end laptops.For desktop and high end PC, the current O.S, especially the Metro mode, is not really optimized/taylored .Let take the full screen Metro apps.If they work great on a small screen with a relatively low resolution, they will look awful on a big screen (like the Full HD 24″,i intend to buy very soon :)), unless they all offer a dramatically different experience depending of the size of the screen.Even on my current 17″ laptop, Metro apps do not look that great with the full mode screen.A possibility to have more than one Metro apps with a big enough/high resolution enough screen would be a must.
    Thus i sure hope that Windows 8 is flexible and smart enough to significantly alter its behaviour depending on the form factor and the power of the device, it will be running on.
    Otherwises, it will have a very mitiged success. 

    • http://www.windows8update.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Thats the reason why I haven’t done too many reviews on the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

      The Beta will be the real test.

  • walkergw

    I have for almost 20 years thought of the day when a real tablet would exist.  Back in 1995 in college, I wanted a computer that I could bring with me instead of a paper bound notebook I had to carry.  I envisioned buying soft copies of text books, being able to take notes, voice record the professor, and surf the internet between classes.  In 2003 I thought that might be a possibility with Windows XP tablets, then when I looked at them, I realized they were a long way from my vission.  But I thought that they had come a long ways from the Windows 95 laptops that gave me the idea to begin with.  I figured by 2008 my dream would be a reality.  It seems that it has taken years longer for my dream to become possible.  The current tablets are close, but still not it.  Still too much of a compromise.  However windows 8 on a Ivy Bridge processor might fit the bill pretty good.  Having the same apps as would be on my windows phonewould be a pretty cool addition.