Windows 8 is now available on the Microsoft Developer Network Platform and the subscribers of TechNet. While most developers have been eagerly waiting for this Windows update, some techies reveal that there is no need to rush for the update as it has nothing significant for them. So, what are their reviews based on? Is Windows 8 really worth to go for? Let’s find out.
While Steven Sinofsky, the President of the Windows and Windows Live Division described Windows 8 as s ‘reimagining Windows, from the chipset to the experience,’ and something that will bring new PC experience that readies Windows PCs for a new world of scenarios and experiences. Here we have some of the quick reviews from the tech sites.
There’s nothing special that Microsoft has introduced, and all it offers is smoother performance and a bit more cohesiveness. The screen has some more customization features, a Bing app for simple keyword and image searches, and an updated Windows Store so that you can search for things the same way you would on the Start Screen. Windows Store now supports 54 new markets, and developers have the option of certifying their apps in 24 more languages. Lastly, the Store will at last be open to paid apps, and not just free and trial ones. All in all, nothing special for the users.
Gizmodo described Microsoft’s ambition admirable, but it’s execution half-bad. Using Windows 8 is pleasant, especially if you don’t have to do anything in a particular hurry. Moreover, every PC that can run Windows 7 can run Windows 8, due to which Microsoft trying to deliver performance, good design, and usability. There is Metro redesign that makes Desktop way more pleasant. Overall, Gizmodo rates Windows 8 good, especially due to sophisticated boost to the user experience.
Calling it a two-headed beast, Computer World described it an ‘excellent operating system’ for a tablet OS, but not so useful for traditional computers. When used on a tablet, it represents an excellent alternative to iOS and Android, with an information-centric approach to user experience, rather than an app-centric one. But if we taking a single opinion, again there is not much for PC users in this update.
A really bad review for Windows 8, InfoWorld called Windows 8 a failure from user’s perspective – an awkward muddle that pulls the user in two directions at once. While it will be liked by users attracted to the new touch-friendly Metro GUI, users who rely on the traditional Windows desktop will dislike having to navigate Metro to find settings and apps they intuitively locate in Windows 7. In short, Microsoft has moved the cheese.