Microsoft Finishes Windows 8. Really?

It’s not new news that on August the 1st, Microsoft announced that it had finally pressed the finish button on its final iteration build of its upcoming version windows, Windows 8 (Catastrophe to some). By finish they mean done and dusted and shipping to PC manufacturers. This Means, if they forgot to make a shutdown button or a login screen, that’s just how we would receive it.

The question I find myself asking and I am sure every PC user out there, or at least most PC users is; Is Windows 8 Really finished? Yes is it really finished? Has Microsoft really addressed all the issues people complained about its previous consumer release? If you ask me I would say, not entirely.

Let me take you down memory lane, way back to 2006 when windows vista was released. Even a Skittles sized brained person could tell that vista was a bad idea. Ok I lie, Vista was a horrible idea that Microsoft released windows 7 just 2 years later. Windows 7 is by far the greatest and most stale OS Microsoft has released since XP, but it has one major flaw as all windows versions; TOUCH Support. Its great smooth and fluid as long as you are using a mouse and a keyboard. But when you get on a touch screen, things get very ugly. Using windows 7 on a touch screen is like trying to use a touch screen phone while wearing boxing gloves. My point being it was better than previous attempts, but still crap with touch.

Suddenly the idea of the Metro interface showed up on Windows phone after Microsoft realised it had been lacking in the mobile market. How did we receive this new interface? Warmly, very warm I must say. The interface was a true innovation and very intuitive. For once I could use touch gestures on a Microsoft product. Score for Microsoft in the touch business.

Steve Ballmer must have been like; Hold on we have cracked it we have made a Microsoft product that works with touch. Truth is, yes they did, 100 percent. What he forgot was the average user of a pc still has a touchpad and mouse at home. They took this idea and made it the basis of windows 8, and the result at first glance was awesome.

They gave life to Windows with the metro interface. Smooth, responsive and light. It was a Ferrari of operating systems. So what is the problem? Well when I realised hold on, where is my start button? I knew something was definitely wrong. Microsoft has completely changed the way we interact with windows in windows 8 and it is definitely not going back on its decision.

The idea of having the traditional desktop running in 2 different skins, 2 different types of apps and 2 different input schemes is very scary. The average user is already finding one scheme hard enough so what makes Microsoft think that the average user would be able to handle 2.

This along with many other reason are why I still ask myself is windows 8 really finished. If you ask me I would say yes and no. Yes it is complete and the way forward for the PC. No because I feel Microsoft got the wrong approach. This is the part where some of you might ask what my genius solution is to this problem. Well not a genius solution at all, in fact Microsoft had implemented this solution long ago with the current Zune software on windows 7 without even knowing.

If Microsoft allowed metro apps to run on the traditional desktop like its Zune software today, I feel this bond of Aero and Metro would be seamless. This way there would even be more distinction between windows RT and Windows 8 Pro (A difference most users still can’t define presently).

With all that said, we never know what will happen till October when Windows 8 would be launched. May I remind you that this Is not the first time Microsoft has gambled with our minds and frankly, they have got it right most times apart from Vista(Voldermot) . The best we can hope for is if the world somehow receives windows 8 warmly, and not give it the Vista reception because that would be a massive blow not only for Microsoft, but for computing and PC usage as you know it today.

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