Paul Allen, owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, and a co-founder of Microsoft offers a lengthy and detailed look at his former company’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
It’s well worth the read.
Allen believes, in a nutshell, that W8 is going to be fantastic for tablets, but he appears to have a slightly more mixed opinion about PC use. He has been using the software on a tablet and a PC. He also finds W8 to be “snappier and more responsive” than the current Windows 7.
I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application – such as Internet Explorer – can be opened and run simultaneously. Files can also be opened in either of the two available modes. For example, after opening a PDF attachment in Outlook from the desktop, Windows opens the file in Microsoft Reader, an application more suited for use on a tablet, rather than the desktop Acrobat Reader. A manual switch is then required to return to desktop mode. Thankfully, you can alleviate these switching problems by changing file and program associations in Windows.
Now if all that “changing file and program associations” sounds like mumbo-jumbo to you, and for many it probably does, it means that Microsoft could have a small problem on its hands with the new software if less experienced users have the same qualms that Allen has.
Still Allen believes W8 to be ” a significant evolutionary milestone in Windows development.”