re: Surface Pro Demand: Don't Believe The Hype
I agree with you Hackworth. I have Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) running on a new desktop and on my sister's new laptop running the Windows 8 Home version (64-bit). I do not like Microsoft forcing us to boot to what amounts to a "Vista Gadgets on Steroids" screen that they happen to call the "Start Screen." I used it for two weeks without any add ons, and even played with the "apps" a bit, downloading ones that PC World declared useful. What I found was very lacking. And no "Start" button after its been in Windows for nearly 15 YEARS??? Crazy. That's throwing the baby out with the bath water....
Just for one example, I downloaded the Facebook app. It is atrocious to use compared to just going to the real web site. Eventually I downloaded Start8 by Star Dock on both machines to be able to bypass this mess and go directly to the real desktop. Yes, I know the real desktop was only a click away, but really, like Vista's Gadgets, I simply don't see much utility in them and having them constantly running in the background. (I'm not sure that they do, but I wonder about that).
I know Microsoft wants everyone to get used to their tablet operating system, but not giving desktop users the option to boot directly to the desktop was a dumb decision. Windows 8 might be "fun" on a tablet, but who the heck wants to be constantly reaching up to touch their screens in a desktop setting - and getting fingerprints all over the screen in the process? I sure don't. I have a perfectly good mouse that does everything I want with minimal motion and effort.
I think Microsoft was foolish to not launch Surface Pro first with its more robust hardware and software support and THEN a few months later launch Surface RT as a "light weight" tablet. By launching RT first, the public perception is that Windows tablets are NOT what they really want. And with consumers easily confused by choices (Beta vs. VHS, Blueray vs. HD DVD, etc.) I'm afraid that once that perception is out there it will be hard to counter without a LOT of expensive advertising.
As an aside, I had hoped to upgrade my older Dell Core 2 Duo to Windows 8 for the good $40 price, but found that since Dell wasn't interested in offering a BIOS upgrade that would support DEP - a process that Windows 8 requires - I'm locked out of doing that and am stuck buying an OEM Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) disc if I want to keep using it after Windows XP is retired in April 2014. Why couldn't MS have allowed Windows 8 to run OK on machines that lack DEP support in the BIOS?
I've also found it frustrating that here, several MONTHS after Windows 8's launch, that I cannot find very many ink jet printers that will support Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) I wanted to purchase a HP 7520 All-In-One Printer, but in reading the fine print on their web site found that nope, their suite of printer programs is not supported specifically for that version of Windows 8. Seems crazy since I'd think THAT would be the version that Microsoft would most likely want people to buy. I'm stuck with it though because the software I use (Solidworks) requires it. I just hope printers will be available soon that will work OK with it. I almost wish I had been adamant with Dell and requested a "downgrade" to Windows 7 Pro instead.