Is Windows 8 Really That Awful?

I keep reading the blog posts about Windows 8 and how bad it is. People say it’s awful, unnecessary and difficult to use. I upgraded to Windows 8 about 2 days after it was released. I had tons of problems getting some of my hardware to work properly, and a freezing issue that seems to have fixed itself with an update. Despite having these problems, I’m still not sure what all the fuss is about. It’s really not all that different from Windows 7 and you can easily find any corner of the OS by using the wonderful search option.

I also love the giant tiles on the Start menu. They aren’t only useful for a tablet computer, but as a friend pointed out, excellent when using Windows on a large screen like a TV.

As for Windows 8 on mobile devices, people seem to like it. Microsoft did a lot of testing with users that go back to the Zune devices. Despite the fact that the Zune is a failed product, Microsoft still gained a lot of insight on what mobile users like and dislike. Windows 8 is the result.

People freaked when Windows 95 came out. Once users got used to the OS though, it became the standard Windows interface we all know and love today.

Yes, the interface in Windows 8 is different. You won’t know where everything is when you first use it. But once you get the hang of things, you’ll breeze through menus and find anything in seconds.

Feel free to fight it though and stick with Windows 7, or restore the old Start menu. As for me, I don’t see what the big deal is. I’ll keep using Windows 8 and accept change.

Published by Mitch Bartlett

I've been doing things on the Internet since 1994. Former dot-com era IT guy. Currently I provide technical solutions to people for fun and test software for a growing software company.

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