Originally Posted by meese
Yeah, you're right, David. We should let the users speak for themselves. After all, 4 million Win8 upgrades so far means that 0.33% of Windows users have taken the plunge, so we should be hearing from Real Users any day now . . .
But wait a minute, based on a few more comments in this thread it seems we are hearing from some of them already, and the new doesn't seem that good so far . . .
Now Ballmer says this is the OS for the Future, on all your Treasured Devices. Then again, this is the guy who laughed off the original iPhone 5 years ago, which single product is now worth more than all of Micro$oft . . .
Seriously, I hope that Win8 does everything it has been touted to do, as Micro$oft really needs bold, new ideas to push into the future. Especially as their entire company seems to be riding on it, or else they risk being completely obsoleted . . .
I upgraded my laptop on the first day that Windows 8 was available. I had loaded a preview a few months ago on an old laptop and I was essentially paralyzed....pretty much couldn't do anything. The release version is much better.
I'm like most Windows users...my reaction was "why do I need this when Windows 7 is nice and very solid?". But as someone who makes my living developing software, if I start thinking about computers like an old man - resisting change - then I will quickly find myself without a job. Been there, done that already in the corporate world.
So having admitted that I'm using it not because I'm really keen for it but more as an exercise, my reaction to it is....it's OK. To be honest, as a user like me there's not a lot to it at this point.
It kind of reminds me of the very first Windows...before it was an OS, when it was just a little file browser that you started from the DOS command line. It wouldn't do much, but you could use your mouse like the Mac guys.
For me, it ends up just being a shell around the Windows that I'm used to. I just use the tiles to get to "Desktop" and then I am in a world that is almost indistinguishable from Windows 7. The difference being that there is no Start menu. I had to go to Google to figure out how to get to my Control Panels the first time (answer: open a File Explorer and climb up to the desktop folder and you'll find a shortcut for Control Panels).
The "killer app" for this Windows is not a single app, but all of the existing Windows apps that still run just fine. You get the cute toys like a tablet, but you can still do your work without switching physical machines.
I do think the not-yet-available Pro tablet will be an interesting machine, as it will give you the form factor and convenience factors from a tablet, but still run Windows apps. Like all of my work stuff, plus BaseCamp! Now maybe I can travel on the bike with just a tablet.
As to whether Microsoft can do enough with the pure tablet crowd, with "cool" apps that let you "update your social status" (I hate
Facebook) and buy coffee without your wallet (I confess, I use Passbook every morning at Starbucks)...I have no idea. But given that this is the market that is dictating where the big guys are spending all of their development dollars, I am happy that Microsoft has chosen a route that builds on their existing installed base of users and apps, rather than splitting off a whole new world as Apple has done.
Try running BaseCamp on an iPad.