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How Real People Will Use Windows 8

Technies are abuzz about Microsoft's Windows 8, its newest operating system that features a completely new "tile" design. Mat Honan of Gizmodo called it a "radical departure from anything Microsoft has done before." He loved it. Michael Miller of PC Magazine's Forward Thinking blog, was less enamored, but thought that the new user interface looked quite good on a tablet. J. Peter Bruzzese of InfoWorld downright hated it, calling the software "Windows Frankenstein."

Millions of people have downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Microsoft's website.

But how would real people use Windows 8? Chris Pirillo of Locker Gnome put it to the test by asking his dad to figure it out without any help.

Priceless quote from the clip:

Dad: "Now who puts this out?"
Chris: "Microsoft."
Dad: "They're trying to drive me to Mac?

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube]

I've been using Windows 8 for a couple of weeks and honestly, It hasn't really changed how I use my PC at all. I have no reason to upgrade, at least at my expense. I never use the start menu in any version of windows, I just use Launchy. With Windows 8 I don't have to bother, I hit the start key type what I want, and it loads. I run in the desktop environment 99 percent of the time, and occasionally leave the metro weather app opened on a small portion of a screen. The biggest problem with metro is, I just don't need it, and never will.
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Windows 8 is the worst desktop OS I have ever used. I would rather go back to Windows 3.1 and I'm serious. Now on a phone or tablet it is fine but...my desktop computer is not a phone!
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Microsoft's strategy to making computers easier to use has always seemed to involve hiding everything useful rather than making it easier to find.
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Of course a minor flaw in that is that one does not have to use the metro interface you can just use the more classic desk top version if one so chooses.

And of course this is something new and like Win95/98/ME/XP/Vista/7 I am sure the final version will have a tour one can use.
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Windows 8 will be great....if you are on a tablet. I've used it for 2 weeks on my desktop on a 1900 x 1200 24" screen. Loosing a 300 x 500 area of the screen that was the Start menu and now needing to mouse over the entire screen is completely asinine. Metro apps on such a marge screen look like butt, there is no such thing as putting metro apps side by side on Windows 8, and frankly its forcing desktop users into a tablet UI which is stupid. Thank MS for saving me money. This will be the first Windows OS that I haven't touched in 17 years. All because they are force feeding metro down user's throats. Choice Microsoft, its why more people haven't flocked to Apple and OS X.
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