The announcement has been made, the boxes are being shipped and the airwaves of full of advertising. We have entered the era of Windows 8 and now it is time to decide if we want to stay with what we have or move to the latest and greatest.
I’ve done a couple of previous posts on Windows 8 and you may want to go back and read them.
- Stick With Windows 7 or Upgrade to Windows 8?
- Windows 8 Coming October 26 and Windows 98 Is Dead and Buried
Along with this version of Windows comes a completely redesigned interface for both desktops and tablets and it is a gamble for Microsoft. For those using Windows 8 on a desktop, there is no way to default to the “desktop” interface. You will always boot to the “Metro” or “Windows 8” interface. While there will be third parties who develop workarounds for this, it is an absolute dealbreaker for me. Note that if I wanted to install Windows 8, I have a copy ready to install.
Why do I consider this an issue? The new interface works best if you have a touchscreen monitor (or tablet). I don’t. It allows you to run apps. While I may be interested in some apps, most of the software I run on a daily basis is much more than an “app”. Ideally Microsoft is hoping we all have Windows 8 on our computers, our tablets and our phones. Maybe I’ll change my mind someday, but it just doesn’t sound at all appealing to me.
It feels odd to me right now that the latest version doesn’t interest me. I have always upgraded to the newest version of Windows soon after (or even before) it was released. Maybe I’ve just become a crusty old curmudgeon resistant to change. Yet I’ve embraced the ribbon interface that was introduced to Microsoft Office. Right now it just seems that in trying to win all of our screens that Microsoft has failed to win the screen most important to me. Should an update become available that recognizes the importance of desktop computing, I’m sure I’ll be all over it.