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.