re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
I see several huge issues working against Windows 8:
1) Metro isn't why Metro is failing. It's
crappy apps. I've used a lot of Metro apps and invariably I get stuck and
I don't know what to do next. After I look at the screen for a while with
a confused look, I finally right click or move the mouse to make the charms bar
appear. Ah ... now something happens. While this may be Microsoft's
ideal approach to get a "full screen" experience, who in the heck
thinks this is a way to design a UI? Imagine if a bank ATM or an airport
kiosk designed with this approach? To hell with Microsof's specs.
Put some damn buttons on these apps that make it obvious how I'm supposed to
interact with them!
2) Fresh from a visit to the local MicroCenter this
week: Plenty of touch screen Windows 8 ultimate laptops. These
things really look nice. However, after trying a few, they suck because
of poor merchandising and poor hardware quality.
I spent some time with a super thin, extremely
handsome unit priced around $1,000. The touch screen was squishy (!) and
half the time when I tapped it, there was no response. When I tried to
swipe into the screen from various directions, it worked half the time.
For $1,000, I expect a lot more. IMO, it's a POS.
The second one I tried was really cool. It had two screens.
One when you opened the laptop clam shell and a second on the back of
the clam shell. It was a true convertible. Also priced north of
$1,000, it didn't work! I could swipe into the screen and bring up the
task switcher and charms but I couldn't do anything else with it (I couldn't
scroll the metro screen.) It obviously was corrupted or had some other
problem but it's out on display and it should work.
I have a poor impression of both Windows and these
3) None of the laptops I tried had Internet connectivity. This speaks volumes about extremely incompetent merchandising and represents a huge problem for selling these devices. Who would spend $1,000+ on one of these new laptops/tablets or
"convertibles" without an Internet-attached test drive?!?
4) Crapware is still a huge problem. While playing with
a nice laptop, there was an Amazon applet that kept popping up when I went to
switch tasks. I could not close it and it was unresponsive. I
believe this was due to no Internet connection but nevertheless, my test drive
experience was poor because this app invariable kept popping into view.