“This may sound odd, but I’ve always felt that part of my job as editor of a technology publication was to use the same operating system most people do. Yes, I’ve used a Mac and Ubuntu on the side, and I constantly use iOS, but on my nondescript gray desk at work, a Windows 7 laptop sits snugly in its docking station,” Eric Knorr reports for InfoWorld.
“Now I need to replace my aging ThinkPad. Until a little while ago, I was determined — even excited — to stick with Windows 7 and follow Microsoft on its journey to Windows 8, which in theory seemed like a bold way to bridge the desktop and mobile worlds,” Knorr reports. “Well, guess what? I’ve changed my mind. After 22 years of using Windows for work, I’m opting for a Mac instead.”
“All it took was a long look at Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In hindsight, I suppose that Microsoft’s quest to combine a desktop and mobile OS into one was damn near impossible to begin with,” Knorr reports. “ut couldn’t the company do better than what landed with a thud on Feb. 29? I was shocked, not only at the clunkiness of Metro on the desktop, but also at the disappearance of the Start menu — a double-barreled fail. My gut reaction is one thing. But the clincher for me has been the response from Windows gurus I respect [such as] Martin Heller, longtime InfoWorld contributor and Windows expert, who sent us an email last week with a subject line that read: ‘I was so impressed with the Windows 8 preview … that I ordered a 21-inch iMac.'”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Welcome, Eric, to the land of bliss full-time. Congrats on coming to a happy realization!
As we wrote last spring:
Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto).
By the time this hybrid spawn of Windows Phone ’07 + Windows 7ista actually ships, one can only dream where Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X will be! For Microsoft, it’ll be more like a nightmare. Perhaps Microsoft will someday put some scare into Google’s Android/Chrome OS, but only time – and a lot of it when measured in tech time – will tell. We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.
From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.
Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder). Is Microsoft giving up on backwards compatibility? If so, people might as well get the Mac they always wanted. If not, then Microsoft’s unwilling to do what it takes to really attempt to keep up with the likes of Apple or even Apple’s followers. No matter what, if Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”
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