You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

Summary: Is Windows 8 the most hated operating system yet? I don't care. I'm excited about it.


It seems that taking cheap shots at Windows 8 is now a national pastime--especially among us curmudgeonly, nay-saying techno journalist types. It's what we do. It sells copy to be negative and bust on new stuff. I'ts also fun to mess with Microsoft a little bit because a lot of us remember Windows Me and Windows Vista and the havoc that they continue to wreak on systems and nervous systems around the world. I've written about disliking Windows 8 too, but, to tell you the truth, I'm excited about the eventual arrival of Windows 8. Why? Because it's so cool.

Yes, cool.

I'm not pulling any punches here when I tell you that Windows 8 will change everything. It's an innovative new desktop interface that's oriented toward the new touchy-feely tablet screens, smart phones and lightweight ultrabooks. I'm excited about that. No, I'll probably never own a Windows 8-based tablet, phone or ultrabook but I think it's cool that they'll exist.

Now, you're probably asking, "Why are you excited about something that you don't really care to own one of?"

I think I'm excited about Windows 8 and the hardware on which it will run precisely because I won't ever own one. I hope that makes sense to you. It does to me.

Here's my thinking: Personally, I use Linux and Apple products. I also use Windows, professionally. I use all operating systems as part of my day job and as part of my "moonlighting" work as a tech writer. Windows has strengths and weaknesses that are great fodder for posts such as this one. The same goes for Linux and Apple.

There is no perfect operating system. And, there's no perfect company that produces them.

Plus it's fun to toss a few bombs into the path of the big guys to possibly bring them down a notch or two in the process. Frankly, I have significant problems with all operating systems, with the possible exception of iOS. I like it, thus I don't bust on it. It's better when I don't like something.

I currently don't like Windows 8 for myself. I can say with confidence that I'll never use it except for testing and writing, until my day job company tells me that I have to use it. I think that mandate will be a few years away, since I only recently switched to Windows 7 from Windows XP on my corporate laptop.

Windows XP was great. Windows 7 is good too. Microsoft does a pretty good job overall with its applications and operating systems. They've had a good run with Server operating systems that they haven't necessarily enjoyed with their desktop operating systems. Since I'm a server guy, I don't care what OS I use to connect to the servers. It's merely a stepping stone to the work that I do. I can use Linux, Apple, iOS or Windows. I don't care.

I like to check out new operating systems. I like to try to break them. It's fun. I'm a technical guy and not simply a talking head or writing head, as the case may be. If Windows 8 sucks, really sucks, I'll tell you so and you can believe it because I'll tell you why. I'll tell you what sucks about it and possibly how to fix the suckiness. That's how I roll.

I'm amused by the current negative atmosphere surrounding Windows 8 and I'll keep a watchful eye on the pundits, naysayers and aficionados alike. It's actually more fun for me to bust on other industry types than it is for me to criticize the companies involved in producing products. There are a couple, even on ZDNet, who deserve a good thrashing every now and then and I don't mind doing it.

Windows 8 is an operating system. It's not a religion. Some people act like its existence is a personal affront to them. They're offended by it. I look at operating systems from a practical standpoint. I want it to be transparent to me. I don't want to have to worry about finding applications nor do I want to worry if they'll work or not once I do find them.

I'm excited about Windows 8. Not just for the things that are wrong with it but also for the things that are right about it. I'm willing to give it a chance.

What do you think of Windows 8 so far? Are you excited about it? Talk back and let me know.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows


Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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  • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

    So you just admitted that ZDNet runs the anti-Microsoft Windows 8 articles just to make money. Thanks for verifying that for us, we had our suspicions.

    I'm very excited about Windows 8. It offers a new fresh look at operating systems and the Metro UI is pleasant on the eyes. It gives you all the data you need on one screen. Microsoft Windows 8 is going to flip the PC industry around because its going to be a Windows everywhere world on X86 and ARM. Its going to be the new easier way of computing. Those who don't like Windows 8 are just speculating on it and hoping it fails, however they are going to be quite upset when it becomes a best seller.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

      @Loverock Davidson-

      "So you just admitted that ZDNet runs the anti-Microsoft Windows 8 articles just to make money. Thanks for verifying that for us, we had our suspicions."

      No, it's journalist types in general, not ZDNet's specifically. Selling copy is why newspapers, magazines and websites exist.
      • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

        Hating does get more views/readers
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

        @khess But that's more an indictment of the lack of imagination of 'journalist type' than anything else. You can sell copy by being the National Inquirer - or being Scientific American.

        Having been in the press as a writer at one point in my life, I know I always asked myself: is THIS what I want to be remembered for writing? Can I write it better - can I get my readers engaged without using the cheapest tactics?

        Anyone can write - a journalist is supposed to be a bit more than just a hack (not calling the writer of this post a hack - I'm using the term across the board...)
    • hmmm...

      @Loverock Davidson- I smell some $hilling for M$ here.
      The Linux Geek
      • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

        @The Linux Geek

        Look who popped his head above the sand. Yes we know it's the year of Linux again.
      • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

        @Blogsworth : Ya. Maybe Linux will finally grow to 1.25% of the OS market share sometime later this year. :-) [Also not surprised to find "him" in a Windows story.... Waiting for his binaries to compile again.]
      • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

        @Gisabun: Which market are you referring to? Server? Supercomputer? Television? Automotive? Phone? Embedded system?

        Oh, that's right, I forgot. The only market that matters is the desktop. How silly of me. :)
    • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

      @Loverock Davidson

      Now how did I know I'd find you here on this article lol
    • I really don't care if it succeeds or fails

      @Loverock Davidson- <br>I'm not employed by MS or any of its vassals, hold no MS stock, and have no interest in using it outside of work. I expect to use it on the job for development, testing, and nothing else.
      John L. Ries
  • No. I don't want a cellphone gui.

    I'll never want a cellphone gui. Its no more exciting that pink wellington boots, inflatable armchairs, Leo Sayer albums, or a hundred other unwanted items.
    • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

      It's nota cellphone gui you a$$.
      • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

        @Blogsworth Actually Metro is based on aPMP/cellphone GUI.
      • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

        @Joel-r Sorry to prove your wrong, but it's a design language. It's just a set of rules that a person follows to easily create a GUI for anything. And for that matter the Metro UI started with Windows Media Center. WMC has been around since, well, a while.
    • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.


      Leo Sayer??? I love him more than I can say. ;-)
      • You know you can't dance.

        Of coarse you can dance. Seriously though if in a couple years time you still aren't using W8 on a phone and either an ultrabook or an x64 tablet you will be doing yourself and your readers a disservice and missing out on the best of mobile experiences. Look at you movin across the floor.
        Johnny Vegas
    • Then don't buy an Android or Apple tablet

      and you won't have a cellphone GUI.
      William Farrel
    • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

      @peter_erskine@... I'm not going to call you names, but Blogsworth is right. It's not a cellphone GUI. It was a PC GUI first via Windows Media and other MS platforms and then it was transferred to the phone.

      Also, Metro is a design language and philosophy of which the live tiles are a part.
  • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

    Do not want Metro on my laptop/desktop. May want it on my cellphone, tablet and TV. Very, very disappointed about the appstore lockin (which is Win 8's true raison d'etre). That AAPL does it is not an excuse.
    • RE: You know what I'm excited about? Windows 8.

      @rshol : Duh. You can turn it off with a registry fix [if it's not built into the OS with a GUI switch.]