Try Windows 8.1? I think not.

I’ve given this thought. I reviewed the video from Microsoft. I read the FAQ. I’ve read the articles in ZDNet and anything else that seems to have detailed information. I watched the video a second time. I read the email you sent me and looked at the poll results. I still can’t find any advantage for me in using — or even testing — Windows 8.1.

I  don’t have a machine appropriate for testing anyhow. If I install it on a little notebook, the inadequacy of the machine would so limit what I could test I’m not sure I would learn anything meaningful. I couldn’t use such a little machine to run any important applications. I don’t even know if Chrome will run on 8.1. The information in the FAQ was vague.

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Installing and testing would steal time from other projects to which I’m already committed. Others things take priority. If I could install it on one of my real working computers and use it for regular stuff I do … no, I don’t think so. I’ve heard rumors. Ugly rumors. I’m not willing to risk my computers … or waste my time. In the end, I’m merely curious about the system. And that isn’t enough motivation.

Windows 8 does not appear to be a work-oriented operating system. I’m a work-oriented user. The Dell XPS tablet I gave my son runs RT and that’s fine. RT was designed for a tablet and it does well in that environment.

But what’s in it for me? A bunch of apps I don’t need and won’t use? I have no interest in or need for basic photo editing apps. I don’t need simplified anything. I’m way past grade school versions of real tools I’ve been using for years.

Who does Windows 8.1 target? Not me. You? Anyone out there?

I understand what Microsoft is selling. The problem? I don’t want or need it. It’s not a business environment. My wish list for a new operating system is for more and better business tools. Easily organized, searchable databases for graphics, photos, and documents. Tools to help me quickly locate files on huge hard drives. A better media player for audio.

I want an improved email client and a versatile calendar application I can share on a network. And I don’t want to lease or even buy it. I want it to be part of the operating system. I want dependable, easy access to the Internet and in particular, this website. I don’t like Internet Explorer. I hate being prevented from going where I want because my browser is a wimp. I’m not 12 and I don’t need to be protected from myself.

Microsoft urgently needs folks like me to test drive this operating system. They need core users — like me — to work with it, accept it, and enthusiastically endorse it. To talk it up on the Internet. To vouch for it to friends and co-workers.

Instead, we are the people most reluctant to try it and unless something dramatically changes are least likely to adopt it in the forseeable future.

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Does Windows 8.1 work? Probably with a lot of bugs. Eventually Microsoft will fix it. They usually do, though not nearly fast enough. Two very basic questions remain unanswered:

  1. Why should I switch to a new operating system that’s anti-intuitive, ill-suited to my needs, and requires I relearn basic computer tasks?
  2. What advantages does Windows 8.1 offer that might motivate me to use it?

The answers are “no reason” and “none.”

Two words: Why bother?

I have read every article, watched all the videos, played with my son’s RT tablet and I cannot see anything tempting — for my purposes.

Maybe in the future Microsoft will do something to change my mind. But far as I can tell, they don’t know I exist. Or don’t care. One way or the other, they’ve chosen to ignore me and everyone like me, effectively disenfranchising the whole class of business users. That’s a crazy choice for a corporation which depends on business clients. Mind blowing and well … dumb.

Does this mean that there’s no merit in this operating system? I’m sure it has value to someone, but it doesn’t have any to me, at least none I can find. And I’ve really looked. I want to want it. I want to like it.

Sorry, Microsoft. Not happening for me.

 



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6 replies

  1. Why try windows 8.1? I’ll give you one really good reason. Save a document in Office 2013 to SkyDrive and it will automatically save your work as you work. No more having to make sure you save while you work.

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    • I don’t use Office at all and I have an automatic external drive backup. IF I used Office AND I trusted keeping all my critical info “out there” in Lord only knows whose servers? But I don’t. Not yet, anyhow.

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  2. I’ve been playing the operating system gaming since 1978 with DOS 1.0. Back then upgrades of the whole number variety addressed shortcomings to both hardware and software. DOS had too many limits that technology soon passed. Limits on RAM usage, hard drive size and the never ending additions to hardware capabilities demanded that Microsoft keep upgrading its user interface. I don’t think the innovations after Windows 95 have been that earth shattering. In my opinion Windows 95 was the worst of Microsoft’s attempts to break away from DOS. It crashed constantly, was incompatible with legend device and coined the phrase, “The blue screen of death”.

    I got away from Windows based computers about 3-4 years ago, preferring to try Apple’s products. I’ve upgraded my iMac’s operating system twice now and everything is chugging along just fine. Thank God! I’ve thought about looking at a laptop but the thought od going back to the “dark side” has put that idea to rest. Apple’s offering are out of my league because of cost. I suppose I’ll just be content to stick with my beefed up 21.5″ iMac and old fashioned original iPad, sans cameras.

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    • Right now, everything I’m using is new and Win 7, which is pretty good and surprisingly stable. But the future is wide open. A few years from now, I may be going down a very different road. I can’t IMAGINE you using an iPad as a camera. Or me. I think they should add telephones to cameras, reverse the whole mobile communications thing and go with decent optics etc.

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