My office mostly still uses XP, though Windows 7 is coming in on new machines. The software my office makes does not and wont be supporting Windows 8 in the near future.
I think where Microsoft went wrong is that they needed versions depending on where they are used. We all got use to home, professional, ultimate etc. But that doesnt work with an OS that is clearly made for touchscreens. MS would have been better to have Windows 8 Desktop Touch, Desktop, Tablet and Phone. Make the desktop version user friendly for mouse users and non-touchscreen systems. I dont know anyone with a touchscreen pc. They are still cost prohibitive to most people.
I moved all my projects, my work, my everything to Linux, embedded Linux, Android and OSX some years ago. I am not locking back at all. I check what is going with Win on once in a while looking over the shoulder of some die hard win fellows though.
Interesting to see that even long-term fans (well, i have been following Windows also very intensive from day one doing complex enterprise apps scratching my head due too DLL/app/whatever update problems and other time killers) now think again with Win8.
The enterprise world seems to move from XP to Win7 in the hope to skip Win8 too. Its a plane with a still high altitude but it is descending and i do not see any energy left.
Anyways - i am just watching. Not interested anymore.
I think the bad rap for Clippy the annoying Office assistant mainly came from a catstrophic implementation choice in the first versions: it was a pimped up modal dialog. So while Clippy looked like window dressing, you were forced to interact with it.
The worst thing about the Metro facade is repetition of that original Clippy mistake: forcing me to interact with it, instead of being an option.
There are also some implementation deficiencies: e.g. getting rid of a Metro app requires keyboard, or a long drag, and drops you back to the start screen, which requires a different method (so 2x Alt+F4 won't do the trick). I often miss a "back" button.
(The AppStore is terrible. Just terrible terrible terrible. It could be good, but it looks terrible, navigates terrible and works not much better. I'd also prefer more editorial content, because I am actually not stoked by the ability to pick from fove dozen tools to open .gizmo, all of which screaming their superiority at me while being mum about their shady business models.)
However, as a UX concept, I quite like The Style Formerly Known As Metro. A well designed Metro interface is smooth, inviting, clutter-free, and lets the actual content stand out.
Visually, it is certainly an improvement over the window glassgloss and colorful-blob-of-something icons growing more and more dysfunctional. (e.g. we had to replace button-style radio buttons with actual radio Buttons, because the pressed state is almost impossible to distinguish on most color schemes. Same goes for list selection without focus - on cheapo LCD's, hard to tell; had to add a rectangle around the item to stop the complaints.)
The Windows 8 desktop has some minor welcome improvements, otherwise it's a vanilla Windows 7 - i.e. good. The start screen works identical to the old start menu für keyboard jockeys, so I didn't mind at first. Right now I'm trying some replacements, e.g. Pokki[^] is a great example how good a metro-based interface can be if done right.
Installed Win8 and Start8[^] on my gaming rig, and disabled the Modern UI crap.
Next time I have free time, I will create some Hyper-V VM's coupled with RemoteFX vGPU to multibox in some of the MMOs I play. If it won't turn out to perform well, I may as well switch back to Win7, or throw in more GPUs :/
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