Windows 8 versus Windows 7

Windows 8 looks cool, but not as great as far as functionality when it comes to using a desktop or laptop computer to get work done.  It’s meant to look like a tablet or smart phone and sync everything seamlessly, but when you want to work on a production computer, Windows 8 is far from productive.  Here’s a little comparison.

To launch a program:
Windows 7 – Click  start, click programs, click the program (3 clicks)
Windows 8 – Click Start, scroll through large icons list (slower), click program (3 clicks)
*So far, same number of clicks, but Windows 8 jumps you out to a entirely new screen with massive icons scrolling way off the screen to get to the list of programs, taking longer to find it.  If you want a program not in that list of programs, you need to right click somewhere in the list of Apps and Programs, then click on the “All Apps” icon (hidden in the bottom right of the screen), then scroll through that list of programs.  There we have an extra 3 clicks!  That’s 6 clicks in total compared to 3 clicks in Windows 7!

You can create shortcuts to your desktop for any program and launch them just as fast as Windows 7.  However, the method of creating shortcuts has gotten slightly more complicated as well, although someone savvy with computers can figure it out by just fooling around with it.

It seems everything is kinda hidden.  Not like Windows 7 where most people’s problem would be they have no clue where to start looking for something.  Do they go through Programs and Accessories, or Control panel, or type something in Run?  Instead, it’s more like with Windows 8 you need to push the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen to see the start button.  Or push the mouse all the way to the right side of the screen to get the side bar to show options.  And what’s most amazing is having to right click while in the start menu to find other hidden Apps and Programs.

Microsoft, if we wanted a tablet, we’d buy a tablet, if we want a smart phone, heck, we already got smart phones.  Personal use, maybe cool but still lots of novice users to get more confused.  Business use, I won’t be recommending Windows 8 for a long time.  Maybe until Windows 9 comes out.  Let’s take a walk back in time and see Microsoft’s track record, as many others have done in the past.

Windows 3.1 – Nice start to a GUI from DOS but long way to go to where we are today.
Windows 95 – FAIL
Windows 98 – Pretty good
Windows ME – FAIL
Windows XP – Awesome for 10 years!
Windows Vista – FAIL
Windows 7 – Awesome!
Windows 8 – …see a pattern here?

I’m expecting Windows 7 to stay strong for 10 years like XP, before we see a good solid Windows 9.

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