Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:16 PM
For me personally, I spent a lot of time on Windows XP, I dealt with XP on a daily basis as part of a large IT team supporting a lot of users, I created unattended installations of the OS and delved deep into it's infrastructure so as I say, having spent that much time and effort on the OS and came to use it at home and at work I developed a strong sense of comittment for it - then came Vista which I resisted, other colleagues spoke about it and whilst some raved, many more ranted. This was most probably because of the changes they were forced to accept and learn whereas I was still responsible for our beloved XP within my work remit, and even as Windows 7 came about I was still working with XP and quite happy to do so. Eventually, obviously, I had to begin making an effort with Windows 7 - if for nothing else, then simply to update my skills.
I'll be honest, I just couldn't take to it - batch files and unattended scripts simply stopped dead, wouldn't work, were broke and investigating the solutions were just as painful as the operating system itself. Eventually, I got things back on track, not entirely, but at least to a point where I was able to manipulate certain parts of W7. Even after my job function changed, I still had a disliking for W7, even though I had managed to become used to it, MS had tried reinventing the wheel, and it didn't work. All the prompts about "are you sure" didn't make a blind bit of difference if you ask me, people are still becoming infected and whilst the numbers may have been reduced slightly, it leaves me wondering was all that necessary just for the sakes of a few people who can't tell the difference between a computer virus or a flu virus!???. Security was very much at the forefront of Windows 7, but from where I'm sitting, it hasn't worked, and to be honest, it most probably never will, because as MS attempt to secure their operating systems, hackers and the likes will be ready and waiting to strip it to bits and find every possible pitfall and vulnerability. Obviously, that isn't to say they don't deserve praise for trying, but for me W7 was major overkill where it wasn't particularly needed. Then we have MS's claims that W7 is unhackable ... there are thousands of hacks, cracks, serial keys and all other manner of illegal copied instances of W7 out there ready to download and use free gratas, so yet another claim that can be blown to the wind.
Windows 8 is now taking up where the likes of Vista and Windows 7 left off - because there was so much resistance with Vista/7 I think a lot of people are now naturally and potentially subconsciously resisting another change. The Metro UI leaves a lot to be desired and looks just too much like it belongs on a mobile device - well, obviously, it does, it's part of the Windows mobile and tablet devices, but MS are targetting the mobile market as a few have already said here but that doesn't mean we want this on our desktop too - if we wanted that, give us an application we can download and install and use as such, don't make it the default for god's sake !!. Early indications of feedback for W8 show that people are more or less on the fence for the new OS, they neither like or dislike it, but at the same time, it's clear most wouldn't recommend it.