Since installing, I’ve learnt to regard Windows 8 as being two
operating systems. One part I’ve been thinking of as Windows 7.1.
The “classic desktop” bits of Windows 8 is just Windows 7, minus
the Start orb, with a new theme to replace Aero. This part is
frankly superb. I can’t remember the last time I used a beta
version of a Microsoft OS and had it work this well six or seven
months ahead of RTM [release to manufacture, when the code is
final]. Hence I’m thinking of this as Windows 7.1 — it’s really
just a service pack. You could actually roll this part out and use
it quite happily.
So he likes the updated Windows-as-we-know-it, and he seems keen on Metro, too, but, he doesn’t think they go well together:
What this does for you as you use it is a whole world of “wait …
what?!” Trying to deal with Windows when your driving results in
it flipping between classic Windows and Metro-style app is like
having someone sneak up behind you and flick you on the ear when
you’re least expecting it. This massive context switching of
“YOU’RE IN WINDOWS WAIT NO NO YOU’RE NOT!” creates an appalling
There is no such thing as “no compromise”.
★ Monday, 5 March 2012