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Why I Won’t Do Windows (8)

Posted by penelopae Tuesday August 14 2012 at 1:04PM
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I hate change. There, I said it! I didn’t like when Windows went from XP to Vista and wasn’t that impressed when Vista transitioned over to Windows 7. And I’m not happy that the next time I get a new laptop, that it will most likely have Windows 8 or higher. It would be different if the changes made it better but they’re not really better…they’re just, different. Here are some of the more specific reasons why I’m not looking forward to Windows 8, et al.

The Windows Store – I have Steam and Google Play, and that’s enough. I’m tired of sharing my credit card information with different companies. I don’t care if it’s the Tiffany’s of gaming stores, I’m going to stick with buying from the places where I’m comfortable buying, and that’s it. Fortunately most of the gaming I do is through a text MUD and it requires no download at all.

The Metro Interface – Convenient shortcuts cleverly disguised as colorful tiles looks fun on the surface, but deep down, it’s just annoying and glitchy. Don’t believe me? Try using it with a touch screen. It disappears like the statue of liberty under the command of David Copperfield. (So I’m told, unless you’re using a Samsung tablet which seems to sync nicely.) Or try using it to make changes to your PC. Figuring out how is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

The Misleading Clicks – You know how on a flash interface you move your pointer into the little popup box and click? Yeah, you don’t do that with Windows 8. I understand Microsoft wanting to be new and different, but why did they have to try being different in a way that challenges everything I’ve ever known about using a computer or surfing the web? Did I mention I dislike change?

Wherefore Art Thou Buttons – Because the new interface doesn’t show any kind of address bar or tabs, how the heck was I supposed to find what I had opened as far as browsers and programs? I did find the answer when surfing the web on my Kindle Fire instead (Right-click an empty area on the webpage and abracadabra, there are the controls!) but really, how annoying.

Give Me All My Music Apps or Give Me Silence – Sure, the apps look pretty appearing as neat boxes that either have the traditional Windows music note icon or a copy of the album cover. However, if you have a big collection of music you can forget conveniently seeing it all at one time. When I’m playing my favorite games, which are some of the best F2P MMORPGs, I need certain soundtracks for things like hunting textual zombies and vampires. Only being able to see a limited portion of my music at a time makes it time consuming to find just the right track.

If I were using a Samsung tablet exclusively, I’m sure I’d love Windows 8 despite my resistance to change. But while working on my laptop computer I’m not such a fan at all. I hear even Executive VP of Game Design for Blizzard, Rob Pardo tweeted his dislike for the platform saying it “was not awesome for Blizzard.” And Valve’s Gabe Newell calls it “a catstrophe for everyone in the PC space.” Ouch! Reasons for this are why more and more computer gaming users are turning to Mac or Linux.

If you’d like to weigh in on the topic, I’d love to hear from you. Windows? Linux? Mac? Something else? Just leave a message in the comments section. I’d love to read it!

Happy gaming,