Windows 8 the perfect 'Christmas gift for someone you hate'

Windows 8 the perfect 'Christmas gift for someone you hate'Christmas means different things to different people, but generally speaking it's a time for spending with family, being nice to each other and giving each other stuff. If everyone does their bit, you'll get some stuff given to you too, and that's always nice.

That said, 2012 has seen more trash-talk, lawsuits and verbal takedowns zinging about the mobile industry than any year I can remember.

So kudos to MIT prof and internet entrepreneur Philip Greenspun for managing to bring the two together in his scathing conclusion that the newly launched Windows 8 is the perfect “Christmas gift for someone you hate”.

His in-depth review of the new OS doesn't pull any punches. He says the interface-formerly-known-as-Metro is a “dog's breakfast”, with the highly contextualised menus and functions leaving users confused as to what the interface will let them do at any given time.

“The only device that I can remember being as confused by is the BlackBerry PlayBook,” Greenspun wrote on his blog after giving Windows 8 a spin on a Dell XPS desktop.

He did at least praise some of the core apps that come with Microsoft's OS, but that's not much of a consolation given the rest of the review – after all, a cherry sitting on top of a non-existent cake is just a small piece of fruit.

Maybe Greenspun is right, maybe he isn't – we're all entitled to our opinions, after all. But I will say this: regardless of how good it is, the day someone thinks of giving me a copy of Windows for Christmas is the day I need to find new loved ones.

Via BGR

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 7, 2012 at 20:11

I have a copy oh Win 8 Pro... Who wants it? Lewis? Treab?

Pondlife  Dec. 7, 2012 at 20:24

I doubt anyone believes you'd buy w8 :)

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 7, 2012 at 21:17

I doubt anyone believes you'd buy w8 :)
I DID NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT.
But still...

Stelph  Dec. 7, 2012 at 22:05

I quite like windows 8 I have to say, at least the times I've played with it!

This guys opinion is just that, an opinion, tbh i found the playbook as one of the best designed touchscreen OS's around (gestures and all) so to compare windows 8 to that is good praise IMO

Pondlife  Dec. 7, 2012 at 22:09

Was that the first playbook os or the second one?

Bobby121  Dec. 7, 2012 at 23:37

I'll have it :)

Windows 8 is a very good O/S and at £12.50 (-£2.50 via quidco) + Free Media Center... it's an absolute steal.

smecky01  Dec. 8, 2012 at 04:09

He was confused by the Playbook OS and he goes to MIT? Time for him to find a new job...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 8, 2012 at 06:48

I'll have it :)

Windows 8 is a very good O/S and at £12.50 (-£2.50 via quidco) + Free Media Center... it's an absolute steal.

Really? Follow @mobotnet on twitter. And we can organise that ;)

RS_67  Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:07

I upgraded from win7 to win8. Take half an hour to understand the concept behind it and it's easy. Sure, Metro isn't necessary for a PC user, but if you then get a win phone and/or tablet, then the consistent GUI makes perfect sense.

Pondlife  Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:09

Yeah but hardly anyone is getting either of those.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 8, 2012 at 17:39

Yeah but hardly anyone is getting either of those.
Exactly. I was talking to the IT boys at work sometime this week, I get the feeling our offices (thankfully) won't ever be getting W8...

I never realised how attached I am to the start button and my computer opening straight to the desktop, until M$ decided to invent a version of Windows which takes those features away.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 8, 2012 at 18:25

When I installed it for 'trial' - it actually starts on that desktop that looks like the old desktop.
No start button and no visual clue as to how to get to the 'Metro' homescreen...
Totally bizarre.

SpeedyG  Dec. 8, 2012 at 19:00

Not convinced by Windows needing 'desktop apps' like a phone environment.

Without a touchscreen, it doesn't seem worth it imo.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 8, 2012 at 19:24

+1

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