Why are you not excited about Windows 8?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by motoleo, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. motoleo macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2012
    Is it something that people are looking forward to? I mean, I just can't estimate how this product will be received.

    Is it highly anticipated? Why or why not?
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I'm actually excited. I finally believe that, for once, Windows will finally rival OSX and iOS combined somehow. I'm not saying as a fanboy perspective, just saying I like innovation.
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'm interested to see how the metro UI will turn out :)
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    My interest in Windows is gone now, but I will be mildly curious to see if the lower hardware specs claimed by MS prove to be correct.

    I won't be buying a copy, just wait until friends upgrade and play with it then.
  5. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Why am I not excited? Didn't know I was supposed to be.
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I'm looking forward to see how it works on tablets, Metro looks pretty sweet and if it works out it will be awesome. I am not however, looking forward to the ribbon UI in explorer. Overall though, I am fairly excited. More excited than I would be for 10.8 now I've seen the direction of Mac OS X.
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I'm not excited because I'll 99.99% most likely be on the team who has to run it on test systems at work and then create images for the guys on the rollout team. That in itself doesn't sound bad until you realize that every big wig will be bugging and pestering you to see when they can have Win 8. (Hint: Not for at least a year after release!)

    Not to mention every user will be in the IT offices asking how to use it.

    Aside from that I'm not excited about it because I personally have no use for Windows. Its pretty limited and not well suited for the type of things I do at home.
  8. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    I think it looks great and is going to be great. Windows 7 was impressive, Windows 8 looks to follow that path and be a refreshing change.
  9. *LTD*, Feb 11, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012

    *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    The most horrid UI I've ever seen.

    Gaudy-coloured boxes that look like a bomb went off in a paint factory. There appears to be no rhyme or reason to this UI. Metro has been on the market since 2006 (in the form of the Zune interface) and it has so far created no appreciable return for MS.

    MS is basing the Windows 8 UI on an interface that is a total market failure, and which currently is doing absolutely nothing to help pitifully low WP7 sales. But now, users get not one but two confusing UIs at the same time.

    But all is not lost. This time around they're hoping they can just force it on users via universal-licensing lock-in. Thankfully, consumers have a choice in the marketplace, and non-MS products in recent years have become an increasingly attractive choice.
  10. MacScott macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2012
    Am I excited? No. Why? Because I don't use Windows on any of my personal computers. My non-Mac laptop had Win 7 removed right away when I bought it and Slackware installed. Windows has nothing that I need or want.
  11. Tinyluph macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2011
    You're entitled to your (predictable) opinion, but you can't associate metro with the failure of windows phone. That's a far more complicated issue. Furthermore, the Zune interface was not metro. It had some of the typographical elements, but as a whole it was not metro. Xbox's UI was revamped with metro, yet you don't see the market abandoning that platform. In fact it grew significantly over the holiday.

    Microsoft's design failure is not metro. Metro is by most accounts a decent design language. The problem is that Microsoft refuses to commit to anything, and so both WOA and the desktop Windows 8 have to deal with an inconsistent mix between metro and the classic aero desktop.
  12. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    This is a good point, and to be fair, it's the main issue, Metro UI aside.
  13. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Why am I not excited? Because I won't be using any of the features W8 has.
  14. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    Nor will I. I'm slowly moving further and further away from my Windows desktop, migrating my electronic life to the MBP. I'm not going to shell out the $$$ for a new version of Windows when I'm using it less and less.
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    To be honest with you, I just don't see any incentives in upgrading. I'm perfectly fine with my W7 system. As a matter of fact, I'm still using my 8 year old Windows XP computer for programming and it's working out fine.
  16. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    I was excited about it until i used it. Metro and the traditional windows desktop do not mix well and it's difficult to use with a keyboard and mouse. Maybe things will have improved in the upcoming beta, but for now I think Microsoft needs to stick to using Metro for tablets and phones. Metro is amazing, just not on a full-sized computer.
  17. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I like the fact that Microsoft isn't taking the Google approach and simply copying Apple; they are innovating and going a different path to the same products.

    Will it be successful? Only one way to find out.
  18. AnimaLeo macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2009
    I'm not excited because it's just an operating system. Nothing more, nothing less. It will effect my life in no way what so ever.
  19. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I'm more interested in Windows 9. Since MS seems to work on a regular cycle of a crap OS then a good OS this is probably how it will go. What I've read so far about Windows 8 seems to be lending itself to the same strategy.

    95 Garbage
    98 Good
    ME Garbage
    XP Good
    Vista Garbage
    7 Good
    8 ...

    Windows 8 seems like it is supposed to be a transition OS as they try to merge the multi-touch and mouse interface. They'll probably get it right with Windows 9. Though we need to actually be seeing reasonably priced desktops and laptops released with the multi-touch interface. I'd love to get myself a 24" screen or greater with that ability if it is under $400.

    Edit: The screen doesn't have to stand straight it can be angled like a drafting desk to be more comfortable. Or a flat desktop like that badass desk of the the bad guy Ed Dillinger in TRON.
  20. interrobang macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2011
    I just don't get excited about operating systems much. Didn't get excited about Lion, didn't get excited about Snow Leopard (though I like it quite a bit.) iOS 5 was nice, because it filled in a few missing pieces, and Win7 was mildly interesting because Windows had languished for so long after XP. But really, pretty much every major OS is usable these days.
  21. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    But you like it when companies are innovative and do things their own way without copying Apple. Right? Or are you just afraid that it will give iOS a run for it's money?
  22. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Sure. They can make a complete mess of things all on their own.
  23. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i am only mildly interested in seeing how well it works on Tablets. Even the last two releases of OS X haven't been all that exciting for me in general. The future is geared more towards mobile computing, tablets, and smartphones so i'll be looking forward to how well it does in that regard than anything else.
  24. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Windows 8 is the most interesting development in desktop OSs (and incidentally tablet OSs too) I've seen in a while. It's the kind of thing Apple should really have tried to do from the start. I'm glad MSFT is the one doing it though, because Windows is my OS of choice, and Metro is truly beautiful. I hope in use it is like WP7, where it's fluidity and simplicity add up to make more than the sum of it's parts.

    MSFT is doing a lot right these days
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I wasn't sure how Metro would work on a desktop. Actually, I didn't like it. But I'm working on converting one of my apps into a metro app (From a WP7 app) and so I figured I'd use it. I spent about 2 hours downloading and installing all the tools/IDE's I needed, and once I started to actually use it, I'm finding it's rather nice. Even though I jump between Metro and the desktop a lot, it's not bad. After using it for about a day, consider me converted - and more excited for Win8 than I have been for any Apple iProduct in years.

    Sorry OP, not quite the reaction you wanted, but .... ;)

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