Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Windows 8 & 8.1... the slow death of the Desktop but its not dead yet.

Windows 8 came out in October 2012 and I have been using it since, I have had access to it at work on my work computer.

If we go back to 2009 though when Windows 7 came out, It was like the welcoming back the Prodigal son after so many years of almost getting it right, they finally did and made a well made Operating system.

Windows 7 gave me back trust in Microsoft and its products.  Now we come back to Windows 8 and it feels like Windows 7 with a Metro Interface bolted on with some nice rounding in others areas of the interface and does not feel like a must upgrade where Windows 7 did.

Windows 8 does not seem to add anything I need but removes stuff that I want.

This is not to say that there isn't more going on under the hood but the main sticking point was the 'removal' of the desktop which grabbed the headlines and gave me a face like a dog chewing a wasp.

Microsoft seem to be moving away from Desktop computers and starting to focus more on tablets and smartphones which actually may be a smart move based on profits posted by Intel in the first quarter of this year (More information at

But the new Metro interface makes multitasking more difficult and moving between applications almost unthinkable.

This is where Windows 8.1 gives a little ground on the whole desktop issue by giving us a straight to desktop option, and rumour has it a start button as well, though the start button is just hearsay, the desktop option does appear to be in.

Does this mean I will be upgrading my home computer any time soon, not until Microsoft stop supporting Windows 7 and I have no other option, so 2015 as it appears.

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