My brother -- who makes his living programming Windows applications --
sent me the link to this ...
Windows 8 Consumer Preview - One word: fail
By now, everyone and their grandmother have give you a politically correct
review of what Windows 8 is all about, replete with lovely screenshots
taken in virtual machines. While busy fellating Microsoft, they seem to
have forgotten to give you an honest, real take on how you, the consumer,
will handle this new operating system.
I really liked the early, Developer Preview version, and even dedicated
some four articles explaining how to disable Metro, how to use the built-
in recovery options and how to tweak the system to your liking. But now,
Windows 8 is facing 180 degrees from where it's been just a few short
months back. So let me show what the Consumer Preview is really all about,
on a physical machine.
Windows 8, the new looks
In general, little has changed when it comes to the installation and
initial setup. If you've read my Windows 7 article on that topic, then
you'll be all right. Likewise, pretty much everything I've told you is
already there. Except two things. The classic Start Menu is gone, and you
can no longer disable Metro and use the normal desktop interface as you
I would like to congratulate Microsoft on corporate cretinism that is
equivalent to nuking a village of blind orphans on New Year's Day. They
have given so much more hope to their competition with this move. And to
think that only a week ago I praised the company for their business
foresight in keeping backward compatibility as their first priority. Oh,
It's not the Start Menu. It's irrelevant. Start Menu can be replaced with
any number of similar ideas. That's hardly the issue. The fact your entire
screen must flip over for simple things like search, control panel or
anything alike is the issue here. This is inefficient. This is slow. This
is counterproductive. This is counterintuitive. This is stupid.
The best analogy I have for you is the following. Say you're having a
meal. There's the table before you, with tons of plates and lovely meals.
And there's the menu, which you might want to consult now and then. So you
hail the garcon and then tell him, listen old chap, would you please bring
me another bottle of whatever, there's a good lad. That's how things work
in normal life.
Now, using the Microsoft moronity equivalent, the menu is located under
the table, so you have to flip the table over every time you want to
consult the menu. This means your entire assortment of meals and drinks is
now out of your sight. You do not quite remember what exactly is there, or
how it may be arranged. But most importantly, why would you waste time
flipping the table over when you could be having the menu resting at your
But that is not all
Far from it. This new Consumer Preview takes longer to boot, about twice
more than the Developer Preview, it is less responsive, i.e. more
sluggish, it consumes more resources, and it gave me a handful of crashes
that I never experienced before. From the purely technical perspective,
the Consumer Preview is worse than the early Beta.
It's a lose-lose situation. You alienate your users, you rub their noses
with the proverbial brownie. Look at this, I mean look at this bullcrap.
Look at how non-integrated all this elements all are, the overlap, the
color and size clash, it looks like a retard painted using his bowel
Yes, this might be a solution. Now, I am skeptical how much impact Linux
can make on the desktop, given its sorry state of forking and reforking
and bickering, but as of last month, I have much more hope. Linux Mint
with Cinnamon is the closest thing to a normal desktop that I've seen in
the last two years. And Ubuntu might be ok, too, although it also comes
with some rather stupid elements. However, comparing to what Microsoft
did, Unity is three light years ahead in terms of usability. Although both
are designed for people with unpaired chromosomes and a sterling career
selling cigarettes somewhere, not that any job is not dignified.
Good job Microsoft, you just made yourself AN HERO. You enjoy your
business prosperity and keep making money off morons. Good luck with that.
I'm sure Snit will have a lot to write about Window 8's "inconsistent UI."
He's *so* vigilant about this sort of thing, you know.
You've really should click on the link. Windows 8 really *is* ugly.