More than a month after its release, the verdict’s out on Windows 8. While it is far from being the most hated Windows operating system (the “honor” still goes to the hapless, bug-ridden Windows Vista), there are a few things that still need improving. Here’s what we think of Windows 8:
Windows Allows You to Touch Everything
Have you ever tinkered with your tablet for hours, then transferred to a laptop and wondered why things weren’t moving when you swiped them? Call it muscle memory, call it carelessness; you have to admit, we have so many gadgets these days that respond to touch operation that it has almost become a chore to shift your orientation from tapping icons on a tablet screen to clicking on them with a mouse. With Windows 8-enabled laptops and PCs, a mouse and a keyboard might soon be history.
The Development of Apps Is Easier
The Convenience of the Microsoft App Store
Speaking of apps, Windows 8 has its own app store where users can get anything they need to make their devices run according to their preferences. Developers not only get to furnish their work easily, they also have a central marketplace for distribution. Considering Google Play and the iOS’s App Store are making a killing with paid apps, here’s hoping Windows and developers on this platform will also post neat profits.
Where Is the Start Button?
The Start button is the first thing anybody looks for on a Windows operating system. Since Windows 95, we have been comforted with the sight of that button in the lower left corner of the screen. There have been countless occasions when I have been so close to freaking out because the program I had been using suddenly froze. But then, my mouse would still move toward that button I could still click on, and I knew everything was going to be all right. For Windows loyalists, Windows became an institution in the world of technology because of that button. Without that icon, millions of users who have been devoted to Windows for 17 years will feel disoriented. Without any ceremony or fanfare, Microsoft just took out that button we have grown to know and love and it will take a lot of getting used to.
Desktop Support is Almost Absent
Looking closely at the Windows 8 interface, users feel like its primary audience is tablet users, and desktop adaptation is more of an afterthought. Windows 8 can function with keyboard and mouse, but performance is not as smooth as on mobile devices. While Microsoft should be lauded for its efforts in trying to get Windows to work across a variety of services, there’s still a lot of work to be done before it works great on all devices.
Looking at these factors, Windows 8 (and its subsequent versions) certainly has a bright future ahead of it. Even with this current product, other makers of operating systems (looks in Apple’s direction) can learn a thing or two and move to making their products work on more devices.