Anybody Like Windows 8.1?

Started Apr 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Sean Nelson
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Re: Anybody Like Windows 8.1?

dradam wrote:

Sean Nelson wrote:

dradam wrote:

Mark B. wrote:

That's the problem - it's a great tablet OS, but a poor desktop OS.

It's not an either/or type of thing. It's a great tablet OS and a very good desktop OS. Just because something has been retooled to work better with touch than it did before, doesn't mean it necessarily has detracted from mouse/keyboard use.

It has detracted from keyboard/mouse use because of how often it drags you back into the touch-optimized environment. It's not a balanced system, it's a system that keeps pushing you to use the touch interface. That's why people hate it. If MS would just let desktop users live happily in their desktop environment then Windows 8 wouldn't have gotten the bad rap that it has.

Again, you insist on "touch optimized". I would say that "touch improved" is the better term...

Actually, I thought "touch optimized" was a rather polite term to use compared to what I've heard many people to call it.

...as it is better for touch than it used to be, but still just as good, or better, with a mouse.

It's "touch improved" for the user of a touch-enabled device, not for a desktop user with a large screen and mouse. Large tiles are easy to tap with your finger on a small touch device, but when you're using a mouse they're just huge waste of all that desktop real estate that you paid for when you bought your large monitor.

It seems patently obvious to me that what works well for a large, usually vertical screen with a precise pointing device is not the same as what works well for a small, usually horizontal screen with an imprecise device. If you can't appreciate the difference that then I'm afraid you're making the same mistake that Microsoft did.

Yes, the initial program defaults are for "metro" apps, but those are easily changed. After that, and once you have your most common programs pinned to the taskbar or desktop (all things you would be doing on any other new operating system install) you never need to see the "touch improved" environment ever again for 99% of your computer use.

Well that's the whole point, isn't it. If it was really an "improved" interface for desktop users then they'd prefer to use it and we wouldn't be having this discussion.

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