What were the Redmond guys thinking when they came up with that fugly looking GUI for Windows 8? I'm quite frankly in a state of shock over it. It looks like they had a knee-jerk reaction from listening to how Apple incorporated some elements from their iOS into Lion, and now they want to do the same for theirs. Isn't this what little kids do? Immediately and mindlessly imitate what others are doing? I'm sorry, guys and gals, but if Redmond thinks I'm going to use this new Windows GUI in the future, they're dead wrong. It is the ugliest looking monstrosity I've ever seen. I'm surprised no one has ever seemed to comment on this. I've used Windows for years, thick and thin, but this newest incarnation is where the buck stops for me.
I have a nice Windows 7 desktop and laptop, and a 17" Macbook Pro with OSX Lion as well as an iPad 2 (best tablet out there, hands down, no contest whatsoever). I'll tell you the truth, the way it stands now, the only reason I have a Windows desktop is for my gaming. If it weren't for that it, I'd have a Mac desktop, too. Macs just don't give me half the problems a Windows system does. I got a Windows laptop a couple of days ago to use for school and had to spend a few hours screwing around with it to get rid of all the crapware and to get it set up the way I like it. (Thanks to you guys, I knew all the programs and utilities to use to make this take less time than it used to!) My Macbook set-up time? Fifteen minutes, that's it. No crapware, bloatware, niggling little default settings, etc. It was a joy. I was asking myself after the quick Apple setup,"That's all? There's gotta be more, there's gotta be!" But there wasn't. I was productive with the Macbook almost right out of the box. But never with Windows. It always took time to setup so that I could use it properly.
And furthermore while this "touch me" fad currently going on may be cool for smart phones and tablets, it is NOT appropriate for full-blown desktops with big screens. It will cause too much fatigue on our arms over a long computing session having to grope around on a 20-something inch or bigger screen. The mouse and keyboard is still the only way to go for now. But Redmond wants to incorporate that stupid and ugly thing on their phones into their newest OS? I was at a loss for words over it a first, but now I'm just in a quiet rage over it. Does Microsoft have even one clue as to why their crappy phone OS is not selling worth a damn? Apparently not. For all that is holy, I hope someone pulls that ugly GUI out of there before it's too late, but I'm not holding my breath. Mac desktops will be in my future if this goes through. The only thing stopping Apple from taking over the desktop world are the prices of their machines and their rigid control over their hardware, but it certainly isn't their OS or the software that goes into it.