Win 8

Byte Me

By Don Crossman

(Cazenovia, NY – Dec. 2012) So, Windows 8. I had my first introduction to you this evening when a neighbor brought over a brand-new HP laptop that said neighbor had received as a gift from a thoughtful daughter.

I began my “Windows” experience in 1987 with the purchase of my first “IBM Compatible” PC running MS-DOS 3.2. I had owned a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A and an Atari 800XL prior to that $3000 purchase of an Intel 80286-based machine with a 40 MB HDD and 1 MB RAM.

I am not a tyro regarding Microsoft Operating Systems. Yet I found myself at sea, as never before, when confronted with Windows 8.

I have lived through Windows 3.1, Windows 3.2, Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, and Windows 7; watching Microsoft’s flagship product grow, mature, and mostly get better.

Not so much, Windows 8. Your interface is clearly targeted solely at phones and tablets. You have left laptops and desktop computers completely out of the loop. Here’s a hint: developers don’t write apps on their phones. Are you planning to develop every Win8 app in-house?

Microsoft should come up with a “Desktop Version” of Windows 8. I’m sure they can come up with a snappy name for it, something like, “Windows 8 Professional Developers Edition.” It needs to be vastly more mouse-friendly, as the current iteration is completely not.

Perhaps Microsoft is looking forward to a speech and touch-screen interface to largely do away with both the keyboard and the mouse. That would certainly be interesting, but it’s still somewhere in the future. At the moment, I can only recommend Windows 8 if you’re buying a Microsoft Surface tablet computer.

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