Windows 8: Big steps backwards in all categories

At work, I’m bound to use windows machines. Windows 7 seemed to be relatively useable compared to the aged Windows XP. But now, Windows 8 will make it’s way into our offices. Wow!
Windows 8 seems to be stepping backwards in all categories for me:

  • NO Start button! WTF?!?
  • The silly “metro” apps fill the whole screen and you can’t switch between different apps via Alt-Tab. As a “bonus”, these apps can only be installed via Microsoft’s own app store.
  • OK, you can use a desktop. So, why does pressing the window tab hide my desktop and show me that ugly full-screen start menue instead?
  • The “new” UI feels so 1981 (think Motif):
  • Microsoft wants to enforce computer lockdown via “secure boot“.

NO, Microsoft, I don’t want to turn my PC into a tablet, no!

One thought on “Windows 8: Big steps backwards in all categories

  1. The desktop is considered a legacy application from the (formerly Metro) Windows 8 UI perspective. You can view Windows 8 style applications as living in a kind of implicit tiling window manager, albeit a very limited one – try to drag’n'drop from the upper ledge of a metro application (this includes the desktop).

    From a business perspective, unification of the OS interface across the three end-user kind of future target markets (desktop, tablet, UI) makes total sense to Microsoft, because the classic desktop is in decline in favor of the latter two. You can see this as a perfect opportunity for Free Software desktops to conquer the (resistant) remnants of the soon-forsaken desktop peer groups. But don’t expect much of a victory for Free Software here, the future battlefield is “touch” appliances with their shut-down, absolutely corporate-controlled ecosystems.
    And *that’s* the real bit step backwards, especially for Free Software, in all categories.