Eldmannen Posted January 10, 2012 Share Posted January 10, 2012 I've tried the Windows 8 developer preview. It is not yet in beta, so when trying out a developer preview one should keep in mind that the final version will be better. I am very disappointed. I was looking forward to Windows 8, because it will introduce support for the ARM architecture which I think is exciting, because this could cause ARM to challenge x86 on the PC. I don't have anything against the x86 architecture, Intel or AMD, but it would be nice with some alternatives, to have a choice, to have some competition. Nowadays x86 have 64-bit support, but POWER, SPARC, Alpha and other architecures had 64-bit support way before x86. x86 has been extended with new instructions but Alpha, ARM, SPARC, POWER, etc all used to be considered superior to x86. I consider Windows 7 much better than Vista, but still wasn't very found of it (i think the usability is bad, etc). Also when a new version of an operating system gets released its always exciting. I am hugely disappointed with Windows 8, and I think it is worse than Vista. In fact, it's even worse than Windows ME, way worse! Windows Explorer now uses the ribbon interface. I think it makes it looks cluttered and bloated. When you start Windows 8 and login you get put into Metro-mode from where you can launch Metro apps. Metro is also used on Windows Phone. Perhaps Metro is alright on a smartphone or other mobile handheld device 3-4" screen, but I think it sucks on a desktop computer. Metro apps run in fullscreen, so I don't feel they're good for multitasking or suited for use on a desktop computer. Luckily you can enter the Windows shell so it looks like Windows 7. But they changed so when you click on the start button or WinKey, instead of getting the start menu, you get kicked back to the fullscreen Metro screen. You can launch your applications from there but I feel it is slower, cumbersome and less convinient. The good thing about Windows 8 is that it comes with Internet Explorer 10 which is likely better than Internet Explorer 9. Also the Metro version of IE10 doesn't support plugins so it cant run Adobe Flash Player, which might decrease the usage of Flash which is a proprietary closed-source technology. Proprietary technology is bad for the open web. Have you tried Windows 8? What do you think of it? Are you looking forward to it? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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