Windows 8 – A Desktop OS Or A Mobile Device OS?

You can’t do everything in Metro To really feel more like a mobile, easy-to-use device, Windows 8’s new device-like, touch-optimized UI (Metro) should be a bit more dependent. Managing basic files, changing important settings, and the like should exist without needing the desktop. This is especially true in Windows RT.

It’s still based on an aging PC platform.

While not everyone will agree, I truly think that Microsoft’s ambitious goal of making the PC less like a PC can’t be realized with Windows. It needs powerful anti-virus and anti-malware solutions, it needs fragmentation, and other maintenance that still makes its upkeep seem more like a PC than a phone. Windows 8 took the Windows source in a very different direction but at its heart it’s still Windows. To really make this revolution come true, all of this will need to be addressed and perhaps even backwards compatibility and legacy support will need to be dropped.

It still is two different UI in one package.

Okay, point one kind of addressed this – but it’s so important I guess I’ll sort of repeat myself. Windows 8 still feels a little like two operating systems bolted together. This works, and I really like Windows 8, but if Microsoft is truly serious about moving on and creating a fully mobile/easy OS, a few bridge tools between the two UI’s isn’t enough. The best solution? Probably removing the desktop altogether. The bigger question is, should Microsoft make any of the changes that I mentioned in the three points? That depends on who you ask, personally, I don’t want to get rid of the desktop, I like it. To really make it more like a mobile device and less like a PC, though, it might be necessary. I’m curious, who all wants that kind of change? Do you want your PC to simply work, with little control, little maintenance, and no need to really have major PC technical skills? I guess as a nerd, I would rather things stay as they are. Again, do I really have a choice? No, if the tech-companies like Microsoft and Apple want to move away from the PC-centric design of their operating systems, the only choice left is to either go with the flow or become a full-time open-source rebel. So, do I like Windows 8? Yes, I do. Do I hope that Windows 9 goes even a step further in Microsoft’s goal to remove the PC-like feel from the computer? Not really, but it might happen anyway. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.]]>

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