What exactly is accomplished by taking away the start menu? It has certainly not shortened the launch of applications over what is available in the previous decade or more's iterations of Windows. Having big tiles is no great shakes over icons (other than the silly novelty of doing what gadgets--remember how many of those we ended up seeing--were supposed to do in Vista Me and Windows 7) when using a mouse and as for touch screens, even my clumsy, fat fingers can hit the dinky icons on my Galaxy S with reasonable accuracy. Any of my clients venturing into Windows 8 have begun to call me to find out how to get back to an OS that isn't costing them time/money with gimmicky, unnecessary changes.
'Tis the season to spend before year end for SOHOs. After looking at Windows 8, two clients are switching to new iMacs and two are getting Windows 7 Pros from Dell's Business side.
It seems the MS Rule of Every Other OS holds true; every other iteration is good (Windows 98, XP, 7) and the in-betweens suck (Windows Me, Vista, and now 8).
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