Re: that this is typical MS
Windows 3.x shit, but they persevered until it became a stable system.
Windows 95 Good (providing you didn't upgrade a 3.x system or use early Pentium machines)
Windows 98 shit, but they persevered until it became a stable system.
Windows ME only saw it once but it looked pretty rank
Windows NT 3.x Good (eventually)
Windows NT 4.x Good (eventually)
Windows 2000 Good
Windows XP shit, but they persevered until it became a stable system.
Vista shit, but they persevered until it became a stable system, but they called it Windows 7
Windows 8, up until yesterday I would have said that it is the worst system I have ever seen. However yesterday I tried it on a dual screen system, and it is usable. All the crap that makes a single screen system unusable, stays on one screen and goes away when you click on the other screen, so is far less jarring.
You can do pretty much everything you used to be able to do either via the command prompt or by creating shortcuts., so all in all, ON A DUAL SCREEN SYSTEM, it is not really any harder to use than Windows 3.1 or a Linux of a similar vintage. (It is a bit odd being back in 1991 though.)
The login screen is pretty dumb, but typical microsoft, why do one action to get to the login screen when three will do just as well?
XP - control-alt-delete - then you can enter credentials
8 - click on city scape, click back, click other user - you can now enter your credentials.
I can live without the start menu, it's Metro that is the nasty. A bit like jumping back to DOS from windows 3.1.
Having looked at how it works, it is almost like the designer intended that metro be used on a tablet input device, instead of a keyboard, but forgot to tell this to anyone else. I could actually imagine it working quite well on a giant DS style laptop. The problem is, it is vile on a single screen.
I think the fix would be (apart from the option to turn it off) to have it pop up in a regular window on desktop and laptop machines.
And on tablets, have a mode where the bottom third of the screen is metro and the top 2/3 desktop, (obviously better in portrait.)