Windows 8 Final Review Part 5 – What Microsoft got wrong in Windows 8 – The Usual Suspects

What are the Windows 8 problems I call the usual suspects?

This is the easy part, it’s all the stuff we all complained about before. –

Usability

It’s jarring to go back and forth between Metro and the desktop app. It’s also not immediately intuitive.

You can slide menus from literally every side of the screen. Menus from the top and bottom, charms from the right and snap from the left. There will be a serious learning curve.

Start Menu is gone

It’s not coming back. Not going to happen. I get it. I still think that this will be the source of grief for a while. The desktop app is totally neutered without the Start Menu. This will make a lot of people feel like they dont have a choice. Not a good way to feel.

Startup Choice

You have to start into Metro and don’t have the option to boot into desktop. Not good. Once again, you can’t force the future onto your customers but you can try I guess.

Consistency

Depending on the comptetence of your hardware, your Windows 8 experience will vary. I have an ExoPC tablet that has been a disaster with Windows 8 and I have an older laptop that has worked great. I know this is designed for all hardware but expect conflicting user narratives regarding their experiences.

The case for Touch on a laptop or desktop

I still dont see it. Tablet only please.

Metro Abuse

See the previous article

No need to go into a lot of detail with these. Most of us have spoken about these issues publicly and privately.

After all the good and the bad, how do I feel about Windows 8?

Lets get to the summary.

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  • newraze

    I found it is faster to boot into the metro ui than the windows 7 ui and I like seeing the speed difference.

    • Guesto

      It’s not because of Metro you’re seeing those difference. This is what so frustrating with 8, a good OS inside a disfigured monstrosity.

  • http://twitter.com/Tech_Gone_Wild Ezekiel Carsella

    Exo PC is a great device and is the forerunner of the 11.6 inch tablet. the reason it is slow is because of an atom processor.

  • Ian Bassett

    Ive read a number of your reviews and you constant complaint is the lack of a start button, the new start screen (which you can get to by clicking in the same spot as the original) does everything the old one did, it’s just full screen.

    Booting into desktop. Why is that such a big hangup? It’s faster for me to boot into windows 8 and move my mouse to the desktop icon (I know so much movement must be scary for some) than to boot up windows 7. It’s actually less time waiting to start using your PC.

    Jarring between metro and desktop. What is jarring? Maybe i am better at adapting to evrionments