Could Windows 8 really make that much of a difference?

I’ve been playing with the Windows 8 preview for a while now. I mainly got it for my little Inspiron Duo netbook, which is basically a full netbook with a flip-around screen. Not only did it speed the device up, but it made it fun as Hell. When it originally came to me it ran like molasses, mainly because they fit an entire pro installation onto a netbook with 2 gigs of RAM. It was cool, but felt like a tiny, slow PC. That wasn’t fun.

Windows 8 is meant for a touch device. Sure, it works great on a desktop or non-touch device, but I think it’s obvious that Microsoft is making a real attempt at the tablet market. A REAL attempt.

What I love about this is that tablets are easy to carry, growing more powerful and making it possible for people who could not afford anything near a 600 dollar notebook to get a 200 tablet that covers all the bases, easily.

I am in a cutting phase. I am simplifying almost every aspect of my life, albeit slowly. I am sick of bloated, heavy machines. If I ran the military I would cut it in half and use a shit ton of robots. Simple. Fast. Cutting. Cheaper.

My gaming is even getting simplified, so I am looking for games that will run on weaker devices. I want to drive tech backwards, or at least keep it around the level it is at now. Sure, we could use faster internet, but how much faster can we get an email? Windows 8 is a great attempt to make things faster and simpler. I think many PC fans hate it first because it is new, and second because it is so simple. If they can release it with more connectivity across all types of accounts (like connecting all emails together and social media accounts) I will buy it asap.

I think it will be a game changer, but mainly because the market is slowly moving to portable, personal and all-in-one devices. That’s fine to me. I want to be able to pick up and go anywhere with one simple device to do my work, and one credit card to pay my way. No paper. No plastic bags. No bullshit.

Windows 8 appears to be cutting out a lot of the bullshit. I don’t trust Microsoft at all, though, so I won’t be surprised if they find a way to slow it down, bloat it up and send it on its way on tablets that are packed with preinstalled software. Shit…let me pick the programs.

I am using it on this laptop and on my touchscreen netbook. Windows 8 is a pleasure to play with and flows well. Will it stay that way once it is released? I don’t know. Will it make that much of a difference? It’s definitely a step closer.




Author: Beau Hindman

I write for a living, which means that I sit around in my PJs all day. I love it.

3 thoughts on “Could Windows 8 really make that much of a difference?”

  1. Microsoft hope it will make the difference, and as somebody who was a very early adopter with Windows tablets back in the XP days I really hope they get it right. Tablets are brilliant, When I had my old HP I knew this and I still do with my iPad.

    Microsoft won’t though, because they are screwing up their core market by doing it. They’ve introduced a 2nd tier of applications with the Metro UI and the rules for coding for that are sort of insane. You can use .NET for some apps, C++ for others if you want to actually do anything serious like use DirectX and so they’ve segregated languages according to what they feel that developers should be doing. This is really bad news for indie games who don’t want to code using C++.

    Of course you can still code good old fashioned Windows desktop apps using all the ways you can today, but the forcing Metro onto desktops and especially power users like gamers and business means that Windows 8 just isn’t going to be embraced. There’s no reason to upgrade if you mainly play steam games, or Minecraft, or any MMO, or Word…

    1. Could the same thing be said about Apple, when they switched over to an emphasis on the iPad? Well, I guess it wasn’t an emphasis…they still made their laptops/desktops…but did developers have to make a hard switch to make apps? Did apps force developers in the same way Win 8 might? Remember, I don’t code. lol Anyway, if Win 8 means that there will be a market of apps similar to on the iPad, I’m fine with that personally. Understand that I do 99% of my work through a browser, though, which explains my fascination with Chromebooks. Will probably eventually have to get one. lol

      What do you think of the Chrome OS/Chromebooks?


      1. Apple did it differently by making a separate platform for iOS, you have to write different apps to target MacOS although a lot of the code is compatible. MS are trying to have it both ways, which fits their policy on backwards compatibility but at the same time is adding interesting splits between various ways of doing things that wouldn’t have been needed otherwise.

        It feels as if different bits of MS are pulling against each other, but then again that’s how it always feels. There are cleaner ways to have done this, they’ve just let themselves get into a bit of a mess.

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