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    What normal people think of Windows 8

    Sorry, it's not doom and gloom. Read it from Ed Bott:

    http://www.zdnet.com/what-do-normal-...cs-7000006863/

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    To be honest, it's more or less what I have come to expect.

    Many residential users (especially the sample that Ed Bott chose) look to a PC or laptop to perform only very basic things: email, simple web surfing, photos, basic games and social networking. Windows 8 with its irksome Metro (I know, I know: but we all know what we are talking about when we mention Metro rather than "Modern" or "Win8-Style" etc) will perform those functions very well indeed thank you very much.

    It's the reason why the iPad has been so successful: most "normal users" as Ed Bott calls them, don't give a fig about the desktop or the extra security or the hot spots etc etc...That's not a slur on those users, nor on Ed Bott. Rather it's a reality that we in the tech industry need to face up to. In the not too distant future the residential market will, I predict, be a touch enabled, commodity market, driven by consumer fashion rather than technical specs. Think Web 2.0 meets Hardware 2.0 and you get close to I think we are heading. I think the true desktop (and even laptops to a certain extent) will become destined for the techies, gamers, specialists and business users.

    The difficulty comes when consumers venture into the less intuitive corners of the OS and things go wrong. But I guess that's where we come in?
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    Indeed, its a simpler, more linear, big button, casual consumer-style G.U.I. Microsoft is trying to tap into that and not replace the more serious production-type application interfaces and interactions that a desktop G.U.I. can provide...yet.
    As a production-oriented user and more serious FPS gamer, I'm good as long as I can keep the two separated so one does not impede on the other in any way because each interface on its own is great, and of course if touch is desired or required, then there really is only one choice.

    That way I can be both serious and casual, dabbling in the richer interface of the casual games for a bit, and then hightail it back to the more intricately integrated desktop interface. One thing that gave me a big laugh though was trying to play a breakout style game with the return paddle movement response seemingly linked to the Internet. For me the quarter second lag or so made it comically bad. Hopefully that's only poor app development and not a requirement of using apps and any fast twitch response programs will have those controlled locally as other online games do.

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    What normal people think of Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    Sorry, it's not doom and gloom. Read it from Ed Bott:

    http://www.zdnet.com/what-do-normal-...cs-7000006863/
    I don't believe it.


    That is I don't believe that any "Normal" people have tried it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussB View Post
    I don't believe it.


    That is I don't believe that any "Normal" people have tried it yet.
    Then you should read the article .

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    I've only been using Windows 8 for a week now, but so far, I'd never go back to Windows 7.

    I agree, most people who only need to surf the internet or check email don't need a desktop, or a laptop for that.
    Hell they don't even need a computer period to do that anymore.
    The desktop market has been diminishing since these portable devices came out because it has always been artificially inflated
    by users with overly simplistic needs.
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    Not unlike the reaction to Windows 95 when it was first released.
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    The thing about consumer reviews is that many people post them immediately, before they've had a chance to thoroughly try out what they purchased.

    If they would wait a couple of months and then post their review, it would be a more accurate review.

    Another observation: many of these reviews were from people who are, for all practical purposes, new to computers. In other words, they don't know very much at all about them, and so every time they sit down at the computer, they are, in effect, a new user. So, if you're looking for how "new users" take to Windows 8, this would probably be a good set of reviews to read.

    If, however, you want to know how experienced computer users (e.g. those who have been using computers for a while at their jobs) take to Windows 8, you'll need to look elsewhere for reviews (such as at hp.com or dell.com).

    Windows 8 has to be purchased by more than "new users", or Microsoft et al will lose a lot of money.

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    It's also true that many of these folks have absolutely no idea when it comes to their actual hardware needs.
    All they see is a price tag, and have little concept of what it takes, in terms of hardware, to run and do what they want of their software.
    You can't buy cheep hardware and expect it to "run it all". There will always be limitations in portable devices.
    One has to have some concept of that prior to getting into it.
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