Because I’m not going anywhere NEAR it unless I can retain that kind of functionality…
<nod> I’ll add that I’m not going anywhere near it anyway. It’s all right for someone used to the way things are done on modern phones and tablets, but is that really a good idea for a full OS used in a desktop PC? All I ever see in the adverts and tech show programmes is how easy it is to whizz around a whole lot of blobby icons, just like on a phone screen. So what else does it do? And how much of the functionality is geared towards driving a touchscreen, like on a phone or tablet?
Nope, I’m giving Win8 a miss, just like I did Vista. Besides, I’ve only had Win7 for a couple of years now and I have no intention of upgrading — to me it’s “WinXP done right” and the new OS is, I’m afraid, little more than “pretty”.
..heh, still using XP. With WIn7 64 on the new system (though was considering XP Pro64).
Actually one of the local tech experts mentioned that many users and workplaces are still running on XP (Win7 has been out for what, three years now?).
One of the things I heard that 8 dispensed with was the old “Start” menu. Now I am old school (I still use the “Windows Classic” shell in XP). who goes back to when we still used Command Line (on mainframes and in DOS). Personally, for most purposes (other then working in CG) I find the using a pointing device, such as a mouse, tablet, or touch pad, to be less “ergonomic”, especially when working in a heavily keyboard driven environment (like a word processor or spreadsheet app). Having to frequently remove the hands from the keyboard to use an external pointing device is actually less efficient (at least from my experience) than using hotkeys.
Always been big fan of hot keys (used to programme my own back in the days).
From what I have heard, Win8 is tailored more for hand held devices like smart phones and pads than the standard PC (hence the touch based con driven environment). I like a nice clean and well organised desktop, not one cluttered with big gaudy smartphone inspired tiles.
A few other minuses include:
—- No more Start Menu, The start Screen is hardly a good replacement for non touch screen PC users as it appears to require a lot of scrolling around to find things. Never liked hidden task/toolbars either.
—- No more DVD Player (one of the few built in apps I use) You can still get Media Player, but now for an additional cost and it requires Win8 Pro.
—- The Secure Boot which can cause conflicts with free software like Linux and possibly even Blender (any Blender users know more about this?).
—-a lot of built in bloatware which I would never use as I don’t do social network sites or stream music.
I’m with you think I’ll give this one a pass.