The recent release of Windows 8 received almost universal attention — the Windows Secrets newsletter and its readers included.
As we expected, views on Microsoft’s most controversial OS varied widely among WS readers. Most of the letters would not please Microsoft. Here’s a small sampling of opinions.
Reader response to the debut of Windows 8
I wonder why I don’t see more comments regarding the fact that a touchscreen interface is inherently inferior and vastly more cumbersome than a mouse interface. I don’t now — and might never — have any compelling interest in a tablet computer, though I do have an Android smartphone (Galaxy S II Epic 4G touch) with a relatively large display, where I have to use a touchscreen interface. Whenever I want to do anything serious with a computer, I return to my Win7 desktop machine with a great keyboard and mouse interface.
For Microsoft to attempt to force me into a touchscreen interface (or use extra steps to dodge it) is offensive. At the very least, MS should have provided users the ability to retain the interface of their choice and not have to be confronted with a schizophrenic flip-flop between two incompatible user interfaces. — Rene LeBlanc
To say you don’t plan to upgrade your [Windows Secrets’] primary machines [to run Windows 8] ruins your credibility with me.
I’ve been running it for about six weeks and found the transition to be much easier than I expected. The Start button was replaced with a start screen. So what? All the apps I used on Win7 still work the same way on Win8. No one has forced me to use Metro apps.
I’m excited about where Microsoft is taking Windows. You’re just contributing more of the same FUD that the mainstream media are spreading. I understand that you want to be impartial, but I think you are simply wrong, and I expected more from Windows Secrets. — Derek Winfield