Windows 8 Release Preview: Yet another nail in the coffin

As you might know, I’ve been following Windows 8, and spoke out against the dev preview and consumer preview.

I downloaded and installed the release preview and sad to say – couldn’t last more than 5 minutes. This post will not contain a detailed technical explanation as to why I dislike Windows 8, pretty much most of the blogging world have already covered everything I would say, and all the big tech sites mostly just agree – Windows 8 sucks.

What I suspect is, Windows 8 will launch in it’s current state without much improvement besides all the negative feedback, and most desktop users just won’t upgrade. Those buying new hardware being forced with Windows 8 might very well downgrade.

However, as I’ve said before Windows 8 under the hood is actually pretty good, so it could be that we see some shell replacements hit the scene, naturally these will be 3rd party. I wouldn’t be surprised if companies like Stardock jump on this band wagon. I’m pretty sure projects such as Sharp-enviro will find new found life.

So to recap on the history of Windows 8 so far:

1. MS released a dev preview – and desktop users world wide really hated Metro, but at this stage it seemed that it could be disabled, and Windows 8 would run in “desktop mode” or “professional mode”. Bloggers expressed their unhappiness and Microsoft got that feedback.

2. MS ignored the feedback from dev preview, and issued a more solid consumer preview – sporting Metro and this time with no ability to even have a start menu. The whole thing stank of tablet.

3. Recently MS gave us the release preview. This time really driving home the point that  “METRO” will be a major part of windows 8, and that any traditional desktop usage will require hacks to get the OS usable and give users the ability to multi-task. It was also confirmed that not much will change now until final release. Pretty much what you see in release preview is what you get.

So from here on out the only thing left to do is sit back with a bag of popcorn and watch with a certain “I told you so”, one of the biggest failures in the history of Microsoft.

Well it could also be a bad joke, and MS might release the final version with a desktop mode, and say “We had you there for a second”. But I don’t see that happening.



6 thoughts on “Windows 8 Release Preview: Yet another nail in the coffin

  1. They should have listened to you….to us…to the entire world. But Noooooo! They had to go all “We know what the public wants more than they do” on us! What imbeciles.
    Just this whole movement towards trying to connect EVERYTHING to hand-helds, social-networking (like fb, etc.), “the cloud”, all of it……even some new vehicles are out on the market which have fb (Facebook) capabilities built-in!….NOT my cup of tea. And, like I told another subscriber (on your other Blog concerning the Win8 nightmare), who seemed to think that the consumers are idiots, no, we certainly DO know what we want in an OS, and will NOT settle for a taco when we really want a steak! (Dumb analogy, but you get me).
    Thanks for starting these Blogs…..Gives me somewhere to vent!

  2. It is possible that there will be increased “metroization” in the final release. Microsoft still seem to think that people will start to like it after initial resistance. This will be quite painful for a lot of customers who are forced to buy Windows 8 with their computers.

    • Man, they are going to turn into ostriches! Hiding their heads! LOL!—-
      Win8, with its boring and ugly Metro ui, is just going to FAIL BIGTIME. What bozos! Just UNWILLING to listen to us!!!! Haha!

  3. This looks like something that gay guy on that home and garden channel would design. Horrid colors and completely idiotic in design.

  4. Why would anyone believe that MS would start listening to their users now? They never have in the past. Windows 8 is being released for one reason and that is to go after Apple. I cannot stand the metro look and have no use for Windows 8 as I do not now nor will I ever own a Tablet. As posted in a prior post it may be good under the hood but Why purchase a OS that you have to tweak and change just to make it usable.
    The $39.00 upgrade price is tempting if true but I am happy with Windows 7 and I plan on using it for the duration.

  5. For me it looks like an unfinished Android clone put on top of Windows 7. You have to learn two completely different OS, neither of each usable as standalone, and you never know which one to use. The Metro apps are too simple to be useful.

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