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OK So I’ve Had My Windows 8 Touchscreen Laptop For Well Over A Year Now. Anybody wanna Guess How Many Times I’ve Touched The Screen?

Am I alone on this?

I feel like Microsoft built Windows 8 thinking that every device needed to be used in the same way- a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone.  I don’t hate Windows 8 as much as when it first came out but I boot directly to the desktop now and avoid the metro UI at all costs.  All the laptops you buy now for Windows 8 are touchscreen.  Guess what?  I don’t want a touch screen laptop.  Sure, that’s alright for a tablet where you’re using it to mainly consume content but for a laptop or desktop where you are manipulating images and editing movies, I want real work tools which include a mouse and not a touch screen.

I haven’t touched the damn screen on my Windows 8 laptop unless it was inadvertently.   Am I alone on this?  Those of you with windows Laptops equipped with touchscreens, do you use the touch screen?  I’m not talking about tablets now, I’m talking about a touch screen enabled laptop.

The issue as I see it and I’ve said this from the first time I booted up a Windows 8 machine was that they dumbed down the laptop experience so it would integrate more seamlessly with the mobile and tablet platforms.  I would have preferred that they left the desktop operating  to be all out productive and powerful for content creators rather than dumbing it down for the tablet marketplace of media consumers.

Over a year in with Windows 8, given the chance I’d opt for a Windows 7 machine.  My favorite place to create content and edit for the blog is still on my desktop Windows 7 machine and it’s by a mile.  I can do things way more efficiently than any of the other devices or operating systems.

There’s talk of Windows 9 coming out soon, hopefully it will be closer to Windows 7 than Windows 8.

So I Hated Windows 8 So Much That I Just Ordered Up and Paid For Windows 7 Software To Install On My New Windows 8 Laptop

THAT’S HOW MUCH I HATED IT!

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I know of no man woman or child that went out of their way to defend Windows 7 to Apple fanboys like buddies Paul Morrison and Kim Smith than yours truly.

This guy’s idea of a work computer is not just a consumption device.  It’s a device used to edit and create content for CBS Boston’s Most Valuable Blog and North Shore Magazine’s Best Blog, www.goodmorninggloucester.com

As big of a dope as I am, when it comes to creating content I’d say my opinion on this matters.

Windows 8 is a HUGE STEP BACKWARDS if you are a creator.   If you are a person that only uses their computer to casually browse the internet then you probably wouldn’t have a problem with it.

In my opinion WINDOWS 8 SUCKS ASS.  They dumbed down the interface so the windows 8 PC will be universally synced through the cloud to windows tablets and windows phones.  While the Windows phone version might be great because it brings up the level of usability on a phone, by the same measure they dumbed the interface down on the desktop of the PC.

So disappointing.

I’m paying money to go back a generation of an operating system.  Congrats Microsoft, one of your biggest fans is disgusted.

Poll- Is it time to short Microsoft in light of what is bound to be a colossal failure with Windows 8?

I’m rooting for Microsoft I really am.  I’m an unabashed fan of Windows 7.  I don’t like Windows 7 OS, I LOVE it.  But the more I read or can’t read about Windows 8 the more it makes me think it’s going to be an abysmal failure.

Before Windows 7 came out there was a bunch of videos showing what it could do in slow real time usage explaining the features of the Windows Live essentials suite of apps it came with.  With Windows 8 there are a couple of videos out but it’s all super fast animations without explanations as if they are hiding things.  Why? if you are so proud of it why not plaster what makes it so great in easy to understand demo videos rather than videos of people dancing around with the newly released Surface?

I want it to be great, I really do but my gut tells me it’s going to be horribly accepted.

The Latest Review of What Microsoft CEO said was going to be the best laptop ever- the Surface from Gizmodo-

Microsoft Surface RT Review: This Is Technological Heartbreak

It doesn’t look good.  Is it time to short MSFT?

Here is the stock quote from the minute I composed this post-

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It’s been as low as 24 and as high as 32.95 but it is relatively cheap selling for only 15 times earnings.

So here we go, Microsoft Over/Under Poll-

On April 24, 2013 will Microsoft stock be over or under $28.01 per share?

I want to be wrong.  I want Windows 8 to blow me away with how awesome it will be for the next desktop or laptop I’ll be buying.  Maybe I’m just frustrated that I haven’t been able to see a laptop unit operate using it.  Please Microsoft, prove me wrong, I’m rooting for you.  My gut tells me you’re putting way too much stock into a touch interface much like the TV industry put too much stock into creating 3D TVs that no one cares about.

With Microsoft’s Windows 8 looking Like Such A Disaster

They Can Be Thankful That Apple Prices Their Macbook’s So Stupid Expensive For Maybe Saving Microsoft From Completely Sinking Down The Toilet With Windows 8.

I don’t know anyone who has touted Microsoft’s huge victory with Windows 7 more than I have.  I’m a HUGE HUGE FAN of Windows 7.  But Windows 8 and it’s touch interface and Metro UI looks like a complete disaster.

So Apple comes out with an announcement today for its 13 inch Macbook Pro priced at $1,699 and $1,999.   The $1,699 model includes a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD drive. And the $1,999 step-up boosts the processor speed with a dual-core Intel Core i7 processor and the option to increase the SSD drive’s capacity to 768GB source Gizmodo

Instead of putting its foot on the throat of Microsoft and crushing its larynx Apple leaves the door open for people to continue on with lesser priced Windows based computers.

I contend that if the iPad mini is priced at less that $275 it will be a knock out punch for Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook.  Every kid is going to want one and parents that don’t want to spend $500 on a full sized iPad will put one in the hands of their kids for the holidays.

If they price the iPad mini over $350 to start they will leave breathing room for the android devices of the world to survive.  There’s no doubt after using both android and Apple devices that the operating system for Apple tablets is far more user friendly and should command a slight premium.

Follow along on the Gizmodo live blog of the Apple Event now here

Update:

They just announced the pricing of the iPad mini base model starts at $329 which IMO leaves the door open for the lesser Nook and Kindle Fire to survive.  This is not to say that the Fire or Nook are  nearly as good as the ipad Mini but they are able to be priced considerably less.  There is a sweet spot of price that most people would be willing to spend for a child’s holiday present and $329 is higher than magic number IMO.

Sort of like the $9.99 lunch, price it over that and you lose a lot of working folks.  looks like Apple let up on squashing its competitors on this one as well.

If money were no option you go full sized iPad obvi.

Windows 8 Survival Guide- What Do You Think?

I’m completely on the fence.

It seems to me they designed the whole OS to work as a touch interface like a giant tablet.  As a fan of Windows 7 I’m pretty bummed out to think that they are chasing their tail and instead of building off of Windows 7 success going completely in a different direction.

Do you anticipate wanting to use your fingers in a touch interface on your PC screen?

It seems Microsoft assumes that everyone just wants to use tablets and they are putting a huge amount of stock into the belief that people want their PC’s to act like tablets.

I dont think that at all.  I think people want tablets to be mobile and lightweight and less expensive.  to make them light and portable that is why they forgo the physical keyboard.  But people that want serious computers for writing and photo editing and video editing aren’t using a touch interface.  I feel like they are dumbing  the PC down.

Maybe I’m all wrong.  Guess I’ll have to wait til it comes out./  I wish there was a Microsoft store where I could bang around on a Windows 8 PC to see if my fears are justified.