re: Windows 8 Rollout: One SMB's Story
Actually, updating Win8 is weird. You request the current updates, get presented with a bunch of them, install, reboot (why?), then ask for current updates again: low and behold, there is another batch that requires install and yet again a reboot. At times I have to do this three times plus an additional check to make sure that all the updates are found and installed.
As for the modern UI, there is no way to organize the tiles in hierarchical levels as it was possible with the old Start menu. Also, by default every executable gets a tile on the modern UI. Ever installed SQL Server on Win8? Management Studio is placed in the modern UI as prominent as the configuration tools that get used maybe once or twice. That makes absolutely no sense. Also, accessing the modern UI from the desktop requires to move the pointer to the lower left corner, waiting for the tile to pop up, and then click. That landing space is not only ridiculously small, that area cannot be used for anything else. So why not just keep a button there, make it more obvious, and thus easier to use? And showing the charm bar in desktop mode always shows the gargantuan clock. Why? And how come that we still need to use the command line for so many things? Win8 does not bring anything beneficial to the table for the desktop user. Quite contrary, it makes desktop users less productive as many common tasks take more clicks and with the removal of buttons and reorganizing of pretty much everything established patterns are replaced by new, but not better patterns. On top of that, the modern UI looks as if a FisherPrice toy barfed all over the monitor.
Win8 may make sense on a tablet, but for a desktop it is indeed an epic fail. Plenty of people told Microsoft exactly that during the various beta phases, yet absolutely none of the input was used. Now Microsoft is wondering why people don't like it. If a company is that ignorant and careless then it should not wonder about their new product doing worse than their previously worse product.