It’s going to be ugly.
Not specifically the new Windows 8 “Metro” interface. It’s kind of pretty.
What’s ugly is the radical departure of Windows 8 from every dang doodle other version of Windows ever. Well, maybe not Windows 1, which used a tiled interface.
It’s no secret that Windows 8 is coming out soon. In fact Windows 8 is no secret itself; you can download a copy here:
I would recommend that you avoid doing so unless you really want to experience total pain.
Windows 8 is basically what happens when Microsoft designs its own smartphone interface and, because Microsoft loves its own interface so much, it decides to foist it upon desktop users as well.
News for Microsoft: Your Windows phone sucks. It’s not selling. No one likes it.
Not being original, Microsoft is obviously aping Apple with its approach to Windows 8.
Apple has been working for some time on melding its desktop operating system, OS X, with its mobile operating system, iOS. They’re doing so slowly. They’re doing it right.
I believe that Apple fully understands that desktop (and laptop) computers are productivity stations. They are not designed for your ambling 20-something who listens to music while walking aimlessly in a big city, texts more than talks, and really wants to check into the bistro because, well, his whole life is online.
Sorry! I want to use my computer to work, thank you.
Microsoft misses that boat.
So Windows 8 is basically Windows XP wrapped inside a clunky smartphone interface. Here are the things that are going to piss you off:
1. There is no more Start button.
2. There is no more Control Panel.
3. The priority is apps, not productivity software.
4. Nothing works well, unless you have a touchscreen.
Specifically, I believe Windows 8 won’t survive in a business environment. That’s been Microsoft’s bread and butter for decades: The office environment. People use Windows at work. They get stuff done. That’s going to be far more difficult with the new “I’m a 20-something ambling to the coffee store” interface.
Specifically pay attention to my point #4 above: You need a touchscreen interface to get the most from Windows 8. The touchscreen on my Lenovo Tablet PC (a convertible laptop) is a one-point touchscreen. It doesn’t work with Windows 8. Nope, you need a five point touchscreen to make the Metro interface work.
Do you know how many five-point touchscreen laptops and monitors there are out there today?
So not only do you not really need Windows 8, you don’t even yet have a computer that handles its hardware demands. In fact, that fully runs afoul of my requirements for any operating system update: Does it have features you need or want?
Windows 8? Nope!
What can you do about this? Well, I’d recommend that you sell your Microsoft stock now! If you don’t have any Microsoft stock, then short it. Seriously. Windows 8 is doom for the company. It’s poorly thought out, poorly executed and, like all the odd releases of Windows (95, ME, Vista), it’s going to stink.