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PC Magazine's Sascha Segan adds his name to those who aren't fans of putting Windows 8's (MSFT)...

PC Magazine's Sascha Segan adds his name to those who aren't fans of putting Windows 8's (MSFT) touch-centric Metro UI (due for a name change) on regular PCs. "Using Metro with a mouse is just weird," he says, since it requires dealing with oversized icons and "a lot of flinging from one end of the screen to the other." Moreover, while users can switch from Metro to a regular desktop interface, it looks as if Microsoft will require PCs to boot into Metro.
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  • StockScalper
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    Touch based devices = METRO
    PC's = switch to regular Desktop mode if you want


    How hard is that to understand?


    I can already hear the Apple fanboy posters... "Well, then why even have it?!?!?!"


    Answer: Because touchbased all-in-one PC's are out there too. Because some people will want to use Metro for their PC too. Because a monkey can switch to regular desktop if they don't want to use Metro on their PC.


    Microsoft FINALLY has woken up and has new innovative offerings on so many different levels that are all integrated, all at the same time even. They've never done that. I'm about as bullish as you can get on a stock towards them. Believe me $AAPL, $AMZN, $GOOG are ALL on the edge of their proverbial seats about Microsoft right now. Just my opinion though. shrug....


    -Future owner of all of the new $MSFT offerings!!!
    8 Aug 2012, 07:34 PM Reply Like
  • GSlusher
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    Consider this: any significant change to the way people have to use Windows will cost businesses--especially "enterprises," i.e., large companies--money for training and support (e.g., answering the same questions over and over). Besides the changes to the way it's used, I've read that remote access is more of a hassle with Windows 8 than its predecessors. Remote access--where a support person runs a client's computer remotely over a company network--is absolutely critical to modern IT support. Sending someone around to deal with an issue costs a lot more. Add in any "glitches" or "bugs" and any problems companies have running their proprietary software on Windows 8 and you can see why IT managers are skeptical. (Many of them would just as soon be running XP.)
    9 Aug 2012, 01:22 AM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    When I'm doing 'consumer' tasks (browsing news, stocks, reading articles, emailing, etc.)..I'm in Metro.


    When I doing 'producer' tasks (software development, writing articles, database work)..I'm in the Desktop.


    Both my wife and I have had Win 8 installed for two months, and both of us like it. Neither of us have a problem with flipping back and forth to Metro.


    It took each of us about a day to get used to it and learn everything we need to do any task we did in Windows 7.


    I think Windows 8 moves people's cheese, and those that hate it are the loudest. My opinion is that MSFT finally made windows fun again.
    8 Aug 2012, 07:42 PM Reply Like
  • StockScalper
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    RJGood, right on the money in my opinion.
    8 Aug 2012, 07:48 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    I've been using the Windows 8 preview for months now and have no real complaints. I think what I appreciate the most is that my PC, xBox, and phone will all have the same interface. It will be quite refreshing to find my music and movies in the same place on the different devices and use the same player on all of these different yet similar devices.


    Microsoft's harmonic convergence of device UIs is truly beautiful.


    Disclaimer: long NOK, INTC, EA
    (waiting for a significant market correction to reenter MSFT)
    8 Aug 2012, 08:11 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    @Luke, help me out here, if MS has put the fun back in Windows devices doesn't that mean that the new Windows devices are fun toys, hence not used for serious work?! <the Apple in me just could not resist *wink*>


    Seriously, <berylrb *giggles* because he knows Luke gets his offbeat sense of humor> ... What would be some real world causes of the corrections by which you'd jump back into MSFT?


    I started a small speculative position in NOK once it started it's move out of sub-$2 mainly because of WP8 and the possible Halo effect with the Surface, rather Windows RT on the OEMs in particular. But I still see MS as a business software company and I don't really understand that world, although I am a rather high-end business/education application user.
    8 Aug 2012, 08:26 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    >> "What would be some real world causes of the corrections by which you'd jump back into MSFT?"


    Europe, of course !
    I'm looking at a total market correction though, not a MSFT specific one.


    I obviously like your thinking WRT NOK, but the halo is more the entire line of Microsoft OS powered devices of which Surface will be a relatively small portion.
    I would guess WP8 powered smartphones and Windows 8 powered 3rd party tablets will dwarf Surface sales. Surface won't do bad mind you, it will just be a much smaller part of the pie. The other notable part of the NOK/WP8 halo will involve XBox..


    Ah, exciting times :)
    8 Aug 2012, 08:46 PM Reply Like
  • debtfree1
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    I'm no IT expert but I am a Trekkie.
    I'd bet the farm that the immediate future for the majority of human computer interface is going to be touch and soon voice.
    8 Aug 2012, 08:41 PM Reply Like
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