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Windows 7: "Windows 8 Survey: Half Who Have Tried the OS Wouldn't Recommend It"


09 Mar 2012   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
"Windows 8 Survey: Half Who Have Tried the OS Wouldn't Recommend It"

Looks like the biggest hurdle for the new OS is going to be the Metro interface.

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The most controversial aspect of Microsoft's new OS is the Metro interface. Fewer than half of the 2900 readers who answered our survey about the Consumer Preview said they were satisfied with the new interface.

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Some respondents praised the interface as fun and innovative.

"It takes some getting used to, but once you've learned it, it is easier to use, faster, more intuitive, and easy to customize," one respondent said. "It's shaping up to be not only the most radically different Windows ever, but also the best. We aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto."

"I am blown away. The PC just became fun to use again," another fan said.

But Metro's critics were sometimes scathing.

"I hate the new user interface and the lack of a Start button," one said. "The OS feels like it was designed for the tablet, with the desktop PC as a complete afterthought. Windows 8 will be the new Windows Vista."

"Windows 8 straddles the fence between being a touchscreen OS and a desktop OS, and anyone who's straddled a fence before knows it's rather uncomfortable," another detractor said.
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09 Mar 2012   #2

 

I keep booting it up and trying, but I just cant find the slightest bit of love for it and the server version may well turn me to linux.
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09 Mar 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I took that survey and I fall into the 50% that wouldn't recommend it. Not in its present state on a none touch screen device. If I'm going to be forced to use the Metro interface on a desktop PC you can count me out. I wonder if they'll offer downgrade rights to Windows 7 on a PC sold with Windows 8.
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09 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm in the 2nd camp who don't like the interface. I've played with it, and have 0 interest in it.

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I keep booting it up and trying, but I just cant find the slightest bit of love for it and the server version may well turn me to linux.
The vast majority of my servers are already Linux.
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09 Mar 2012   #5

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

What I'm curious about is, will they offer the "Windows classic" interface option that you can revert to, as they have in the past? I think it would be a mistake for them to exclude that option.
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09 Mar 2012   #6

 

I did hope that the server version would have the start button and menu,I was pretty disappointed when I loaded it up to find it was Windows 8 server kindergarten edition.

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09 Mar 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Hopefully, the current lock into the Metro interface is only to get feedback on it. If they let you switch out now it would be hard for Microsoft to know who was actually using it. By locking you in, they get feedback, good or bad is still better than non.
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09 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
The trouble is ...

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Hopefully, the current lock into the Metro interface is only to get feedback on it. If they let you switch out now it would be hard for Microsoft to know who was actually using it. By locking you in, they get feedback, good or bad is still better than non.
The trouble is they'll only get telemetry from people who love Metro.
Everyone who hates it will just stop using W8 CP and go back to using Windows 7, so that they can get some work done (or continue to use W8 DP with the "Start Menu" hack).

MS will look at the telemetry and conclude that 100% of users love it.
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09 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Heh actually, they could look at the number of people that DL it and the time they spend on it. If only 50% spend more than a few minutes, that's enough telemetry right there

If this does one thing, hopefully it'll get us an easy "Desktop/Metro UI switch that'll make one or the other the dominant interface. I can see using both... on different hardware and in different situations.
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09 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm joining the bandwagon on not liking it. I'm not sure of the improvements over the DP, but I'm certainly not interested until they do something with the interface.
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