Got to play around with the February beta of Windows 8. It is terrible. It is beyond terrible. It is so bad that I’m a little panicked about the future of Windows. People won’t use this.
I could have teams of people working full time to develop products to fix it but we’re not in the business of making a terrible experience good. We’re in the business of making a good experience better.
No sane person, will consider the user experience of this beta acceptable. Even a die hard Windows advocate cannot be pleased. It’s that bad.
I’m all over adapting to new UI conventions if they’re as good or better. But that’s not the case here. This is just terrible.
I have confidence in Microsoft in delivering innovative technology (Windows Phone is excellent). But something went terribly wrong here.
Start button: Gone.
Everything is in a corner. Type in top right, move to far left.
This is the new “Start” menu. Note: Fresh install. Luckily, no one installs anything right?
and…be taken here:
But someday, everything will be metro right?
That’ll be the world of:
The 2560x1440 weather widget. Microsoft Window 9 (we can dispense with “Windows”).
Everything requires lots of clickity click click and lots of mouse drag. Less of an issue on a mobile device but on a desktop? If they didn’t force you to live in-between worlds (you’re not allowed to live in just the desktop remember, you have to come back to the Metro-tablet like experience).
What’s really a bummer is that Windows 8’s desktop is really good. Better than Windows 7. But you’re not allowed to live here. They treat the desktop as a kind of DOS box equivalent even though, for desktop users, it’s a vastly more productive experience.
It's not just that they got rid of the Start button -- on the classic desktop. Navigating around is just a pain. Getting to your stuff is a pain. It's lots of clicks and drags to do anything, even basic stuff.
Remember how annoying the UAC prompt can be when it darkens the screen interrupting your flow? Well going back and forth between Metro and classic is far worse and far more frequent.
Let me put it this way, this is bad enough that there will almost certainly be YouTube videos demonstrating some of the absurdities of use. We're not talking nit-picking type issues here, we're talking fundamental, baffling user experience choices. And that's without touching on performance (10 seconds to load up the mail program?).
You be the judge:
Bear in mind, this is on a clean system. Imagine how this system falls apart when you have dozens of programs installed -- some metro and some Win32. I can't even imagine trying to explain how this works to a typical enterprise customer or worse..my mom.
Here’s a quick stop gap solution for the Start menu issue: