I’ve been a massive Microsoft fan for ages; from Windows to MS Office to Kinect and so much else they have really been one of the few consistent leaders in making computers easy to use for people. Unfortunately I’m going to stop being a Microsoft evangelist after living with Windows 8 for a month.
Where is Windows 8 going?
It’s simple to see where Microsoft have gone with Windows 8; they have obviously become totally ‘spooked’ by Google and Apple and have decided that the mobile Web is the ‘be all and end all’. Whilst the mobile Web is certainly massive and growing rapidly, people still rely on computers to be productive (in a work sense). What seems to have happened with Windows 8 is that Microsoft have tried to become leaders in the mobile Web while retaining their business/productivity customers.This has resulted in a totally confusing and multi-faceted product.
Windows 8 and the Mobile Web
First the good news; The new Metro look and integration with Online services (Online Microsoft services that is) such as SkyDrive and Hotmail is very slick and good. It makes Apple and Google Android look dated (FYI, I use PCs, an iPad and an Android phone so regularly use the various major mobile Operating Systems).
Microsoft have done a very good job with their take on the way mobile Operating Systems should be going.
Windows 8 as a desktop
Oh dear. Where does one start with how Microsoft have messed this up. Just for starters here are some really annoying things about using Windows 8 as a business computer Operating System:
- Switch on your computer and you get the Metro Screen every time. Why can’t I set the default to start with the Desktop.
- Who the hell thought of the idiotic idea to remove the Start button/icon!
- Can anyone figure out how to easily shut-down a computer running Windows 8 (yes, there are various ways but why is it so hidden!)
- Why have so many settings moved?
Will Windows 8 be good for businesses?
It’s early days for Windows 8 but I really think that businesses are in for a very rude shock when they upgrade to Windows 8. Productivity will plummet as people need to click all over the place and can’t figure out what to do. I really can’t believe that Microsoft have gotten Windows 8 so wrong for business productivity.
Next up; a Chromebook for me methinks!