10 sweet and scary things about Windows 8

10 sweet and scary things about Windows 8

Summary: Halloween isn't the only thing with sweets and scares, now that Windows 8 has been unleashed! Here's a list of 10 things to love and hate about Windows 8.

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  • Scary: Windows RT and Windows 8

    For the life of me, I cannot understand Microsoft's decision to market Windows 8 and Windows RT as separate entities in the manner that they have. Talk about confusing consumers, I'd love to be a fly on the wall the day that however many people go to install a Windows 8 desktop app to the desktop of a Windows RT device. I tried explaining the difference to someone recently (a casual PC user), and they immediately glazed over. I imagine such a reaction will be a common occurrence as soon as the average user hears/reads "Windows RT/ARM/Windows 8/Intel". Should be interesting to see how this one pans out...

    [See also: 10 excellent iPhone and iPad and iPhone gadgets and accessories]

  • Sweet: Windows 8: Search Cornucopia

    Search in Windows 8 is pretty darn spiffy. Basically, you can define all the apps you'd like Windows to use to perform a search that you specify from the charm bar. This way, the power of search is all consolidated to one handy location: whether you need to search for something on your computer, on Google, or elsewhere, it's all right there for you without having to click through various windows.

    [See also: 10 Google search secrets]

  • Scary: Windows 8: App Fragmentation

    Perhaps one of the most glaring inconsistencies I've seen in Windows 8 thus far is the discordance between Modern and desktop apps. The Skype app is a perfect example, in which you can have a "Windows 8 Modern UI" version installed, in addition to a desktop version. Both have completely different UIs and they run independently of one another. It's not really a big deal, until you get to things like installing Internet browsers. Because the installations are completely different, all the bookmarks and settings you have in, say, Chrome for Windows 8 will be completely separate from whatever you might do in the pre-existing version of Chrome that runs on pre-Windows 8 versions of Windows. Get ready to start picking and choosing!

    [See also: 10 excellent iPhone and iPad and iPhone gadgets and accessories]

Topics: Windows, Microsoft

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  • Scary: fullscreen

    Forcing fullscreen apps on 22" monitor is scary!

    Also noticed about ads, there not only appearing on the apps UI, but can also be fullscreen videos like when starting Daily Challenges in Minesweeper, 30 seconds ads... most annoying!
    lepoete73
    • The "metro" interface really is better suited to smaller screens

      I am completely comfortable using the "metro" interface on anything from a 10" netbook to a 14" notebook but on my 24" monitors, things are just too big!

      I suspect that Microsoft is going to have to tweak this aspect of the "metro" screen to permit these apps to run in smaller "windows" when using full-sized screens. Maybe this could be handled by permitting the "snap" feature to generate cascading windows whenever the native screen resolution exceeds 1366x768. This would even allow the "Metro" based "Start Screen" to be a window with in the Windows 8 Desktop.
      M Wagner
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        meghandaniels
      • Not Really

        I am completely comfortable using the "metro" interface on anything from a 10" netbook to a 14" notebook but on my 24" monitors, things are just too big!

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        I personally use a 23" monitor, and the metro interface look just great, I play toy soldier on this same monitor , and I find it much much better than on my 11" tablet screen.
        SylvainT
    • Ads, in Win8

      What?, ... What are you saying? Are you saying there are commercial-ads in the Win8 O/S? No way!!!
      Scitnor
      • Yeah there are!

        I don't know if they're limited to the XBox Games found in Windows Store (Solitaire, Minesweeper, etc.) but they're there...
        lepoete73
  • Really?

    Did those same people try to install Mac apps on an iPad also?
    IamTiger
    • It's not the "legacy" apps versus the "metro" apps that cause the confusion

      It is the fact that SOME Windows Store Apps run only on x86 and some run on both x86 and ARM. This is true whether or not they run on the "Metro" screen or on the "Desktop" of Windows 8/RT.
      M Wagner
      • Just to clarify.

        WinRT apps and only be run on the new interface. It is weird that there are some that are x86 only, they should force all metro apps to be compatible with both architectures.
        Sam Wagner
      • My understanding

        is that the non-ARM apps don't show up on ARM devices. Is this not the case?
        LiquidLearner
    • Really?

      Fantastic answer for the Apple fanboys.

      Yes, maybe the desktop and the Metro interface are not yet completely compatible, but it's an immense step. It's like saying "OK, sure, they are not all compatible, but you can access your Tablet stuff on your PC and your PC stuff on your Tablet seamlessly. What other OS offers you this"

      And as a personal note, the transition from one interface to another is so quick it's not that big of a deal. Also, once opened, Metro apps can be accessed via the Alt+Tab just like any other.
      Gabriel Chahine
      • Fanboys

        Once the comments get down to calling people fanboys I know that cogent analysis and insight are being replaced by ad hominem attacks. One sees the same thing elsewhere in life, but outside the computer/tech community words like Hitler and Nazi replace fanboy. Personal attacks let us know when you have nothing valuable to contribute.
        radar_z
      • Actually not

        Many of the Ipad II apps were not compatible with the HD and many of the apps made for the phone dont/didnt display correctly on the tablet and vice versa, i have an ipad II and an iphone 4 at home so i have seen this first hand.
        Allen Frady
  • Which apps?

    Which apps aren't functioning properly on the desktop? And wouldn't that probably be a bad driver?
    IamTiger
    • Yeah, that claim caught my eye as well.

      I've been running Windows 8 since the January release of the Consumer Preview and I have not run into a single application which ran under Windows 7 that did not run properly under Windows 8 (at least not since the availability of the Release preview).

      There are very few differences between device drivers for Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Most of those differences are in the maturity of the drivers themselves.

      Most likely, such problems will arise with older hardware running outdated BIOS firmware.
      M Wagner
      • WebEx doesn't seem to like IE10

        Works fine with Firefox and Chrome still though. And some VPN issues.
        LiquidLearner
    • I found couple

      1. Cisco VPN client - 64 bit. Was running perfectly on Win 7 (64bit), does not run in Win 8 (64bit). Upgrade assistant told me I'll have to reinstall it. When tried to reinstall in the middle of installation - blue screen (although a pretty one with a sad face).
      2. Radeon HD 4850 - running all games with high settings in Win 7 - nice and smooth. But apparently this card (the 3D part of it) is not supported in Win 8. Most likely AMD's issue, but still...
      -nihilist-
      • It works

        It works. You just need to edit the registry. See: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/fe19ec2e-d1f3-4ffd-b9a5-1fdf464fcd32/
        IHawkMike
  • Windows 8

    Umm, have you used the Apple Eco System?

    They have full screen mode as well and it uses about the same amount of browser space... Guess what? Control Scroll still works!

    Also, just because an iPad has Garage Band doesn't mean it is the same App! Those apps need an emulator to run on OS X.

    As for Windows 8, the system is great and I again was a big critic of it! Now I find it to be nothing short of a great product!

    Oh and apps not running right... They check that before the install so, if you really need the app, you can decide to skip the Upgrade.
    slickjim
  • 10 sweet and scary things about Windows 8

    Why is that only ZDNet bloggers don't know the difference between Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows RT and find it confusing? The rest of the world has no problem with it. Microsoft Windows 8 is the full OS and Microsoft Windows RT is the scaled down version with the ability to run on ARM chips. That wasn't hard to figure out.

    As for the slide #6, Microsoft Windows 7 would give you real time data when transferring files. It didn't have the ability to pause which I can see being useful addition.
    Loverock Davidson-