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Windows 8 wrestles with PC’s legacy

Windows 8 wrestles with PC’s

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I’m by no means the first one to say this but Windows 8 and older PCs make an odd couple.

But let me back up for a second. Before the release of Windows 8 on October 26, I tested Windows 8 on tablets only, such as the Intel-based Samsung slate that Microsoft sold in its stores. And I was impressed with Metro.

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That was then. Windows 8 Pro 64-bit is now installed on my Dell Adamo laptop. And I rarely venture into the Metro UI unless if I’m forced to.

Of course if you’re one of the relative few who have a tablet like the Samsung slate or Microsoft‘s Surface or a touch-screen laptop like Acer’s Aspire S7, yeah, then Metro is front and center, as it should be

But on a traditional laptop it’s problematic. That’s why Apple, probably the biggest single force behind the rise of the touch interface, hasn’t done something similar with its OSes.

Making iOS the launch point and default interface on Macs would not go over well, Steve Job’s edict nixing the idea of touch on laptops notwithstanding.

So, Microsoft is going where Apple won’t. Intel — still Microsoft’s single most important hardware partner — is going there too, by the way. The chipmaker said recently that it has chosen Windows 8 “as the standard operating system for Ultrabooks and tablets in our enterprise environment.”

But I don’t think — despite Microsoft’s upbeat announcement about Windows 8 licenses — the hundreds of millions of users out there with plain old PCs will warm to the concept of a touch-based launch UI.

Acer’s president, Jim Wong, stated this concern rather bluntly to Digitimes this week. The Windows 8 interface could “dramatically delay adoption by consumers,” he said.

I’ll expand on that by saying that until touch-based laptops and hybrids are both plentiful and cheap, Windows 8 may not gain much traction. And that may take a while.

Let me close on a positive note, though. I like Windows 8. It’s faster than Windows 7 on my Dell and more stable. That’s good enough for me.

And Microsoft should spend more time pitching these straightforward Windows 8 merits until touch becomes mainstream.

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  2. i wish to monitor and control client desktop from server as well as limit it’s network bandwidth.

  3. Before, Chrome accustomed to open from the Home windows 8 start screen towards the metro mode from the browser. Now it reveals in desktop mode after which switches to metro mode. Can there be in whatever way to prevent it opening within the desktop on and on right to metro mode? And please, no Home windows 8 is rubbish.

  4. So I’ve got a completely new laptop, and contains Home windows 8 onto it. This really is great and everything, but additionally pretty confusing. Ie works perfectly much more the tile mode, but the moment you turn it to desktop mode, it will not load any pages. I have attempted to produce, but routinely without success. Has anybody had similar problems, and when so, how can you repair it?

  5. hi i am going this lately but how do you place it in desktop mike mode after i place it within the cradle it simply charges plz help

  6. Francesco Raus

    Hoping to get one for college, and i’m more keen on a desktop style device than mobile.

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