Brad Wardell's views about technology, politics, religion, world affairs, and all sorts of politically incorrect topics.
Published on March 14, 2012 By Draginol In Personal Computing

In Windows 8, you can create a column of tiles in it and label the tile. This is Microsoft’s idea of a “group”.

Here’s a couple of videos showing off the pain:

Windows 7: The Start Menu

 

and…

Windows 8: The Start “page”:

 

And a follow-up to show you about column headers (what Microsoft is calling groups):

 

Now, I’ve gotten a lot of email from people saying that I’m “obviously” a Microsoft hater or an “Apple zealot”. This is obviously a change from the traditional charge that I’m an Apple basher and a Microsoft apologist. 

So let me be clear: My livelihood depends on the success of Microsoft Windows. It is the only platform I write for. I have a vested (i.e. not emotional) interest in the success of Windows.  I’ve been a Microsoft MVP for years, have worked with Microsoft on many different projects over the years. And Windows 8 is very good, technologically, under the hood.  The problem is strictly with the insanity that is the Windows 8 user experience and that if unaddressed will result in a lot of people migrating.

I don’t think that many people in 2012 realize how close we are to the next phase computing. It’s not tablets vs. desktops.  It’s decoupled computing. It’s AirPlay vs. WiDi. That’s the next battle and it’s one that Microsoft could very lose if they splinter their developer and user base. 


Comments (Page 1)
on Mar 14, 2012

I do not think people will migrate, they will simply avoid Windows 8 like it happened with Vista: not many users migrated to other OS, they just stayed in XP.

I think that metro is great for slates, but forcing it for desktops is simply a mistake.

on Mar 14, 2012

Yo Brad, when is this abomination supposed to be officially Fully relased ??

on Mar 15, 2012

These are just the reasons folks will stay with Windows 7, especially if they are not addressed before the released date. 

on Mar 15, 2012

 It looks more like a pile of **** than a group. That's a group that I want no part of. 

on Mar 15, 2012

neone6
Yo Brad, when is this abomination supposed to be officially Fully relased ??
bump

on Mar 15, 2012

i dont know much about  windows8,but what i see and read about it i think windows7 is the best windows yet.microsoft has yet to come up with something better than 8.

on Mar 15, 2012

JcRabbit rubs his hands in eager anticipation of the sales he will make of Winstep Xtreme when Windows 8 comes out because of the NextSTART component in Xtreme (NextSTART is a completely customizable and skinnable Windows taskbar and Start Menu replacement). *1

Assuming Microsoft will somehow be able to trick/force/bribe/blackmail people into upgrading to Windows 8, of course.

 

*1 - shameless plug of a fabulous Winstep product.

on Mar 15, 2012

JcRabbit
*1 - shameless plug of a fabulous Winstep product.

I second that and third it too. 'Cause i like it.

on Mar 15, 2012

JcRabbit
JcRabbit rubs his hands in eager anticipation of the sales he will make of Winstep Xtreme when Windows 8 comes out because of the NextSTART component in Xtreme (NextSTART is a completely customizable and skinnable Windows taskbar and Start Menu replacement). *1

Assuming Microsoft will somehow be able to trick/force/bribe/blackmail people into upgrading to Windows 8, of course.

 

*1 - shameless plug of a fabulous Winstep product.
Fix the skinning software & I´ll skinit.

on Mar 15, 2012

neone6
Fix the skinning software & I´ll skinit.

And I'll hold you to that too!

Anyway, enough of me highjacking Brad's threads.

on Mar 15, 2012

neone6
Yo Brad, when is this abomination supposed to be officially Fully relased ??

Nobody knows but Microsoft.

 

on Mar 15, 2012

Island Dog



Quoting neone6,
reply 2
Yo Brad, when is this abomination supposed to be officially Fully relased ??


Nobody knows but Microsoft.

 
Thanx 4 noticing Spencer

on Mar 15, 2012

JcRabbit
*1 - shameless plug of a fabulous Winstep product.

The thing is, Jorge, Winstep Xtreme is the only thing to date that makes Win 8 useable for me.  It completely does away with the need for Metro entirely, and not just because of NextStart.  The desktop gadgets eliminate the need for that butt ugly Metro weather and mail, etc... and Work Shelf provides fully comprehensive access to all your programs, documents, folders, shortcuts and themes, so there is absolutely no need to ever switch back to Metro for anything.

I'm still having the issue with not being able to boot into Win 8 unless the installation disc is on board, so I haven't bothered booting into it for a while as I've had other priorities/distractions.  The problem is that during boot up without the disc on board, I get an error screen which says that Winload.exe is either missing or corrupt.  However, when I insert the disc and boot into Win 8 I can navigate to the Windows32 folder and locate the supposed missing file.  It is where it is supposed to be, and being a clean install it should not be corrupted, either, but regardless of the questions I've asked or the searches I've done, I've not been able to resolve the issue.

I do hope that an answer is found, though, because in the event that I eventually buy Win 8 for its new and improved features under the hood, I won't want to be inserting the disc every time I want to boot into my PC, will I!

on Mar 15, 2012

So let me be clear: My livelihood depends on the success of Microsoft Windows.

 

Mine too... how skinnable is it going to be via WB?

on Mar 15, 2012

JcRabbit
the NextSTART component in Xtreme (NextSTART is a completely customizable and skinnable Windows taskbar and Start Menu replacement).

So ahead of it's time, they are just now making an OS for it.