5 Reasons NOT to switch to Windows 8
The much-hyped Windows 8 from Microsoft is here. A metro-styled touch screen interface synced across different platforms and offering better performance in a more stable set-up; Sounds great, doesn’t it? But before you rush to upgrade your PC to the latest Windows operating system, you might want to take a look at why you should NOT upgrade to Windows 8 and what to do if you have already made the switch. All the hype and excitement of the Windows 8 release coupled with the predictions of a new era of computers might be convincing, but many experts remain skeptical and do not recommend a change to Windows 8 – at least not yet.
Several experts have expressed their disappointment with the Windows 8 operating system and some have even gone as far as calling it an “unfinished product”. While such criticism is nothing new when it comes to the Microsoft operating systems, here are five reasons why switching to Windows 8 now is not a good idea.
1. Inconsistent dual interface
What has been claimed to be one of Windows 8’s strengths is what seems to be annoying novice and experienced users alike. Microsoft’s attempt to integrate the traditional desktop and touch-screen interfaces into a single operating system isn’t really working the way it should be. Not all features are accessible from a single interface which makes for an annoying experience for a user, at least for the first few hundred times while you get used to it. Users need to remember where to go for which feature and then also keep switching between interfaces – not exactly what I would call smooth.
2. Switching between interfaces
If it’s your first time with Windows 8, try figuring out how to switch between the new-look start screen and the desktop interface by yourself without pulling all your hair out. Firstly, there is no start button we are so used to seeing since Windows 95. Agreed, a missing start button is hardly catastrophic. But if you’re in the desktop interface you can’t find your way out with the mouse without hovering around into corners looking for menus you never knew existed. And with the keyboard, you need to press the Windows key on the keyboard to switch between the interfaces. Hardly obvious for a new user.
3. The incomplete touch experience
The new look start menu and the ribbon introduced in several Microsoft applications are a giant step forward towards a touch-screen based operating system. But despite all the developments, the touch screen interface of Windows 8 still feels like a work in progress. For instance, many links and options in desktop menus are too small to be touch-screen friendly; you need to use the keyboard and mouse to switch between interfaces and then, even with many applications it is still infeasible to use touch. All in all, despite enabling the touch, Windows 8 does not offer a complete touch interface.
4. Windows 8 app store
This one is not exactly Microsoft’s fault but there are not many apps as yet for Windows 8 so it might be a little premature to make the switch to Windows 8. In a few months however, this should be resolved with more apps being designed for the latest Windows operating system.
Whether or not you agree with the critics of Windows 8, waiting is only going to make things better for several reasons. Firstly, there is the hardware aspect. Installing Windows 8 on the older systems which do not support touch input is not recommended as Windows 8 pretty much revolves around its touch interface. Anyway, over the next few months, a release of several systems supporting Windows 8 is likely which would make it more comfortable to switch to and use.
As with earlier Windows operating systems such as Vista, many of the problems are addressed by Microsoft over the year following the release of that OS. The difficulties, including some of the ones pointed out above, are expected to be fixed by Microsoft in say, about six months to one year and hopefully by the time the second or third service pack of Windows 8 comes out, we won’t have to deal with the issues that make adapting to Windows 8 a nuisance.
20 November, 2012