i think I’ve finally uninstalled all the pointless and unwanted stuff Windows 8 has installed off my new laptop. Whether or not its the software I’ve installed to make it appear far more user friendly to someone that doesn’t have a touchscreen computer, but I’ve noticed that what for many years was called ‘my computer’ is now called ‘this PC’. That pretty much embodies everything I vehemently hate about Windows 8. The personal side has just gone, especially when you consider how Windows 7 was sold. It just leaves you with an over-presumptive system that thinks it can cater for your every need but can’t even get that right.
One evening getting somewhat annoyed with it, I stumbled upon the sound recorder app and promptly exclaimed ‘This is bollocks’ at it. I then tried to play it back. Only for Windows 8 noticing this was a sound recording, to open their version of Spotify/iTunes which doesn’t play wav files, no Windows media player does that. It says something when they can’t even get the calculator right, the very thing computers were initially invented for. The calculator should be a complimentary tool usually to an excel spreadsheet, here it seemingly wants to be the star of it’s own show. Even when you half the screen it is still pointlessly large. Even the Windows 8 version of FIFA14 available through their store, has made a comparatively simple game needlessly complex, cluttered and ultimately unplayable. Every app I’ve tried since has been equally joyless and underwhelming. I tried some music/DJ app that lasted 10 minutes before i uninstalled it, it was the 21st century equivalent of a demo on a Yamaha keyboard you could dick around with. I’m also struggling to find a decent paint/photo package that doesn’t assume all you want to use it for is posting filtered pictures to Facebook.
Perhaps my problem is that I’ve been working with Windows based software for 20 years now. Windows 8 would be fine for someone who is new to the world of computers, but in 2014 these people must be few and far between. It’s jumping on the touchscreen bandwagon realising it’s more than a gimmick but ignoring those that use laptops and PC. Ultimately there is no way in hell i could do my job on a touchscreen computer and that applies to a lot of people. If you’re going to make a system for tablets and phone do that, instead of the current one size fits all compromise.