First Look at Windows 9 (Blue)
Microsoft has finally released a preview of its highly anticipated yet windows 9, code name Blue. As you can see from the screen-shot above, fully deserving it’s name
Yes, this is a joke! All the rumours of Windows 9 were short lived (delayed till late 2014 at best) , now that Microsoft had officially announced Windows 8.1 and 8.2 to be the next breed of the long line of Redmonds’ winsss.
Now seriously how about Windows 8
Is it a flop or is it just a slugger and does it really matter? FI
First of all, it might be still too soon to claim whether Windows 8 has flopped. So far all numbers, which mostly come from Microsoft themselves, are pointing to very sluggish Desktop adoption of Win8 both on personal and enterprise PCs. On the mobile front, however, it is clear by now to both Nokia&M$ that win8 mobile has failed to gain any traction, regardless of the good hardware review of Nokia Lumia etc.
Still, Microsoft recent history of getting it almost right any other time might repeat itself and all we need is to wait for Windows 9 or 8.1 , 8.2 ???
The Big Elephant In the Room
The Big Elephant in the room hardly anyone talks about, is the fact M$ are closing their ecosystem and apparently shifting from OPEN to CLOSE. What becomes apparent with each passing year is how much really the Redmon’s crew (or at least the higher management) want to be like Apple, but and that’s a BIG BUT, without any of the innovation. Thats is, they would like to take ~30% royalties off developers… for …. WHAT? Is it for the overhyped, by Microsoft alone, Metro UI. Left alone, whether it is a genuine Microsoft innovation or NOT, it seems not compelling enough reason for most people to consider switching from win7 to win8. Under such circumstances, it stroke me by surprise the lack of FREE available Win8 for DEVELOPERS ONLY. It seem such copies were exclusively distributed on MS tech events and only at the very beginning. Or maybe ,they finally had figured it out, it is about : users, users, users and not developers, developers, developers.
My personal experience so far
It can be briefly summarized as confusing and dull. I consider myself advanced user, having worked with all major OSs, yet I was struggling big time getting familiar with the band new win UX (Metro UI). Similar to many others, first and foremost frustration was the lack of start menu, with some indication of START button coming back. It took me 2 weeks to find out where exactly is my shutdown button. ‘Settings’, is the last place on Earth I expected it to find. Even more, it took me quite a while to get a hold on how exactly all sliding panels are getting invoked. For one think the lack of sticky edge/area makes sudden abrupt pop-ups a daily annoyance.
Although I wouldn’t go to the extend of the viral Windows 8 Under The Influence video, I must admin to the very EMPTY feel, which WinRT apps give. Ahhh all that waste of UI space.
The one Metro/WinRT app to summarize a lot about my win8 experience is none other but the recently acquired new toy in the arsenal of Microsoft, the infamous Skype.
- Skype in full screen #@$%????
Here it comes: Hellloooo? Skype in full screen.!? An app that is primarily used as a chat program with contact list for calling! you make that a full screen on 24″+ screen and regardless of how many and big tiles my contacts are showing like, it still remains a huge waste rather than be slick and minimalistic.
- Running 2 Skype Instances
That’s simply the culmination of retardness you can find in Win8 design. Application live double life. One can easily download in a few clicks a WinRT Skype. In my case, after a few seconds of shock and dismay I jumped on trying to install Skype for Win7. So far so good, it run and install perfect, after all it is just Windows7 in new clothes Only then, did I realize the dual parallel co-existing of 2 Skype Instances running at the same time. The WinRT, which I had little success trying to kill it since it is not visible in standard task manager, was keep ringing while I’ve already picked a call on the classical desktop Skype client! Something, Skype is designed to prevent, being a single instance app.
What Microsoft should have done
It is not in my position to give advice on how … neither I enjoy to do so, but ….. this one comment from a post really stuck with me:
Have win8 and winRT as two distinct brands.
I’m great opponent of 1-fit-all models. What we observe is exactly the type of short sightedness in regard to user experience. The Desktop is not dead! Simply there is too much hype and hysteria around mobiles those days. You know, the cool new kid on the block. However, as far productivity goes, nothing beats a big screen with agronomic set of mouse and keyboard. It might be because I’m getting old, or simply the lack of killer apps on mobile, but I see no way in hell I can start doing my job on anything but good old PC. Having Windows8 as just the next Windows7 is what many of us expected. On the other side, all hipsters could enjoy WinRT, a whole different experience with touch screen in mind.
If I dig not that deep into my imagination and look into the crystal ball it shows Windows7, becoming the new WinXP. Giving hard times to Microsoft when systematically try to deprecate it and any future support along along with it!
WOW Where my free space at?
… to be Continued … a quest for space and more….
I’ve just stumbled on a very recent article discussing Win8 IDLE battery life. Why does Windows have terrible battery life. It is very relevant to the topic of how really suited Win8 is for mobile and tablet use.