Chances are that if you are tech-savvy enough to find this nice website, you’ve also ran into articles about Windows 8. Windows 8 doesn’t look very welcoming, especially if you plan to be using a device that doesn’t support touch (most netbooks, laptops, and desktops).
Microsoft claims that they are trying to create a uniform experience across all the Windows 8 devices, but are they just lazy? Their design team did a rather nice job with the tablet optimization. It has a nice Metro UI with large icons that are easy to press. But while tablets may be becoming more popular, does that give Microsoft any warrant to leave behind most of the Windows power-users and most people at non-tablet office jobs?
The fact that Windows 8 is virtually un-optimized for non-tablets hurts the imagination of any prospective PC makers and users. You can probably visualize Windows, unless you are a Mac or love Linux so much that you don’t know Windows. Now imagine it without its taskbar. How would that feel to you, especially if you have a cluttered desktop? It doesn’t sound great. Even for the desktop mode, you have to go through Metro. Say goodbye to good ‘old’ 7.
Maybe Microsoft will add back the features when they release it for real, but the UI would get in the way of any advancements in the OS otherwise. Perhaps this will be just like XP to Vista, and you will be stuck with 8 for too long. Windows 7 lasted 3 years so far, so maybe it’ll last for just 3 years. Or Microsoft might actually like it and make everything like Windows 8.