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Microsoft Windows 8 Turns Your Computer into a SmartPhone!

Finally have my very first Windows 8 computer. After playing with it for one night, I can say I'm thoroughly not impressed. In fact, I'm abhorred by the precedence it's setting for our computing future.

My first impression gave me the illusion that Windows 8 is new "Start" menu on top of the standard desktop. After all, the first applications I executed were written for the classic Windows, where Windows 8 brought up the Desktop to launch the applications. In that regard, the Windows 8 new interface is no more than a glorified "Start" menu launcher.

However, I became horrified when I started playing with the Windows 8 "apps". Launching them made me realized that they are made to act like SmartPhone (e.g. iPhone and Android) apps. When you launch an app, it takes up the entire screen. And you have to wait until it completely loads before doing anything else. The app takes up the entire screen!

Wow! Is Microsoft serious!? Apparently, but that's a rhetorical question. Can anyone say DESQview from back in the DOS days? Does anyone even remember DESQview? Does anyone even remember DOS?

The whole point of having a computer vs. a SmartPhone is the huge screen real estate. It allows you to see multiple things at once, thereby do multiple things at once. Back in the DOS days, you can only do one thing at a time on your computer. And with the help of a task switch like DESQview, you can (sometimes) switch between different software. And if you are really lucky, you DESQview can place some DOS software side-by-side.

Now we are spoiled with modern GUI operating systems that lets you launch multiple software, arrange them on the screen any way you like, and resize them to increase your productivity.

With Windows 8, it feels like we are so spoiled that we decided to cast away the luxury of the modern GUI operating systems and go back to use our computers like a SmartPhone, which operates like DESQview. Seriously!? Yes. Because it seems all Windows 8 apps are going to be that way. So all future software, based on this precedence are likely to go that route. And that's a dark, scary future for all of us.

It's no wonder so many folks are attempting to downgrade to Windows 7 or go Linux. I no longer blame them after my experience with Windows 8.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:54:28 +0300

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