You’re Wrong About Windows 8
It seems all of the tech writers have the same knee-jerk complaint about Windows 8.
Yes, we know it acts like two distinct operating systems.
I agree, it feels weird.
But it’s so good. You’re just looking at it wrong. Here’s why:
People don’t want little desktop widgets (like what Windows Vista offered), people want apps. They also need real computer software that maximizes their productivity. Some need professional tools, software they’re familiar with, to get real work done. So we want both: quick apps and professional tools. Apple knew this, that’s why they offer Mac OS and iOS, Macs and iPads, Mac Apps and Dashboard widgets.
Macs still have a terminal, and Windows still has a command prompt. Does that cause confusion? Those are two totally separate worlds that seem to have no correlation. I’ve never heard anybody complain about those. Likewise, when Mac OS X debuted and had a “Mac OS 9 Classic Mode” embedded, I don’t ever remember anybody complaining that it just felt disjointed, that Apple didn’t integrate it very well. Same with Boot Camp, which required a reboot to choose Windows or Mac OS. It seems as though the tech writers are all feeding from the same trough, incapable of seeing the bigger picture. They write about the first knee-jerk reaction, “Oh this feels so different, these two environments.” Is that really all that can be said? Do you have any imagination, any vision? Open your eyes! Microsoft is doing something bold while they’re still relevant, and I think it’s going to pay off.
Ask yourself, are you going to pick up your tablet to check your email, the weather, social networks, or peruse some quick news? If you’re like me, you know that a tablet is the fastest way to do quick lookups or accomplish quick tasks, rather than loading full blown computer software. So why can’t your desktop or laptop have those easy apps too? Metro allows for this.
It’s just a better Start button, at the very least. Nothing has been taken away. But it has the potential to become the most convenient go-to for those quick lookups that would otherwise have you turn to your iPad.
So don’t bemoan it as “two separate worlds” that make no sense and seem disconnected. It’s supposed to be that way! At any particular time you’re either Getting Work Done or you’re looking for lighter fare.
Metro is for consumption.
tl;dr Enough complaining that Metro and Desktop are different — they’re supposed to be. One is for production, the other is for consumption.