Fall of 2012 when Windows 8 first released. The masses are fairly comfortable with their existing Windows 7. Users are extending their time with Windows 7 and not lining up to upgrade anytime soon.Windows 7 is actually a really robust and dependable operating systems with all of the Windows critical updates downloaded and installed. No complaints there whatsoever.
I own and operate several desktop computers running Windows 7 / 64 bit for testing purposes and running various applications on a daily basis. Most people I talked to, specifically my neighbors and staff employees are actually not ready for the dramatic change. Everything seems to be working like it should with (Windows 7) and do not want to pull that trigger yet.
Microsoft will convince you that higher is better, the boot time is very fast, you get live tiles at your disposal, central app store, etc….. But some will argue that newer isn’t always better. When you go back to the days of Windows ME. which constantly “Blue Screen” So then I would stick around with Windows 98. Then Microsoft would release Windows Vista, the big issue was couldn’t transfer files over the network at reasonable speeds – like many people experience. Then I stick around with the reliable Windows XP.
With the large-scale of bad experiences with Microsoft’s operating systems in the past and now a new version appears again and it’s time to dig deep to evaluate whether this one is worth the upgrade.
- Says the average user – You will Boot to Live Tiles, and You Will like it – I really want to work at the desktop at the start up instead of overwhelming content in the contemporary interface. Microsoft went above and beyond to prevent instant booting to the desktop.
- Says the average user – The “Start” Screen forces a rational drain – The “Start” screen forces an “environment modification” in your attention, perplexing the rest of your work and everything else going on. Explanations like pinning every app you use to the taskbar just make for a cluttered taskbar if you use a lot of applications infrequently. Certainly, you can install a 3rd party Start Menu program like the awesome “Start8” If you are interested, here’s the URL link: http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/. But the idea is to send a message to the Big Microsoft that we want Windows 8 improved, rather than upgrading, being doomed, and struggling the holes ourselves?
- Says the average user – No Integrated Search – Remember searching for a program or file in Windows 7 is stress-free. Press the Windows Key, then type part of its name or contents, and you will see all the programs and files that equal your search. You can press Enter to open the searched-for item instantaneously. Microsoft has added an extra step in Windows 8. Searching will only search for installed programs by default, after which you have to click Settings or Files if you want something else. Just to search for and launch something will take additional step each time the average user has to do a simple search. See the screen shot below. In the modern interface (Windows 8), the search experience takes up the full screen and shows a reduced amount of content.
- Says the average user – The Windows Store is a Massive Missed Prospect – When I first overheard that Windows 8 would ship with Central App Store, I was really thrilled about it. But the idea with Microsoft was to choose to only allow installation of Modern apps form the Windows Store, not desktop apps. Unquestionable, a few desktops apps are listed in the store, but those are just links to download them. The Store won’t control installation, updates, or syncing apps between other devices. The Windows Store could have been the major reason to upgrade, but it’s hopeless on a desktop (and isn’t too extraordinary on a tablet devices, either).
Let’s stop here and we will continue on the next segment.