The real Windows 8 exposed
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The real Windows 8 exposed

Windows 8I have not been a huge fan of Windows 8 as most of you know. My experience has been on my home computer with a mouse and keyboard as well as a week with a Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 RT. Many, especially my friends at Microsoft have accused me of being unfair to this new operating system.

Dell XPS 12 ConvertibleSo, I took advantage of my visit to Dell World to take a good look at Windows 8 running on modern Dell hardware. The result is this longer than usual video…I hope you will watch it to the end because I think you will find it very interesting… especially those of  you who are Windows 8 skeptics like me.  I asked Jay Paulus, Director, Product Marketing at Microsoft to take me under the hood of Windows 8 and I challenged him to convince me I had underestimated this latest version of Windows.


So, what do you think? Like me your first reaction is that the XPS 12 Convertible is one cool piece of hardware…but what about Windows 8? Well, I hate to be wrong but I must admit to being wrong about Windows 8…on the proper equipment and with a bit of training it is a powerful and  versatile OS. I now understand the logic behind switching back and forth between the new and classic desktops and see the advantages.

windows-8-ebook-v2_294x220Now obviously not everyone has the opportunity to get a briefing by a big shot from Microsoft. However, Dell has come up with something that will be of immense help for new Windows 8 users…an eBook…Windows 8 for Dummies…it’s pocket size so you can take it along with you. Download it here.

Windows 8 RT is another story…nothing I saw changed my my mind about Microsoft’s ARM Tablet operating system…it is still at least one major version away from being ready for Prime Time.


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

  • Ed L

    I was impressed with the presentation of Win 8 on the Dell. They both have many positive features. I’ll wait at least until the first major revision of Win 8 before upgrading though.

    December 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • John Shipley

    Hi Bob,
    I currently have Windows 8 on an old laptop and though I liked the idea, I felt that I was missing the full experience. I am used to Windows 7 and am a fully converted Android user on my HTC One X and Asus Transformer Tablet. I fully enjoy the hands on App experience so I do think Windows 8 has it right by going to an App based system. As the Dell rep mentioned in the video, I think to bring out the best in this product, you need the proper hardware to showcase it. Having a convertible laptop that has the touch screen is what this OS was designed for and I think Microsoft got it right. Once you put it all together and learn a bit (much like you have to do with Android compared to Apple) the experience is really good.
    I am sold on Windows 8 but not as crazy about having to think about shelling out for a new device!



    December 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm Reply
  • JF Prieur (@AdmiralHackbar)

    How a company can turn its back on 20 years of User Interface convention and expect no backlash is beyond me. Like you said, it takes retraining to be fully comfortable with this new OS (where is my alt-tab, esc doesn’t work, no start button, could go on forever), do you really think companies are going to want to train their staff to forget all the muscle/brain memory they have accumulated over the years with previous Windows? No way and it is assinine of MS to think this way. They panicked, released Microsoft Bob 3.0 (Vista was Bob 2.0) and it will be a nightmare. Mark my words, there will be an option to disable Metro completely and have a classic UI within 1 service pack.

    Os is not as important as it used to be. Google just release its Play store for corporations so that they can feed application to their employees Android devices. Put Chrome on a PC and who cares what OS you are running.

    Not a coincidence that the head manager for Windows 8 is no longer with the company. I will be sticking with 7 for a long time, and my gaming PC is not the same as a tablet so stop forcing a single UI across everything. It stinks.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Thanks for the comment,

      That’s why there is a fast growing cottage industry selling start menu apps such as retroUI


      December 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm Reply
      • JF Prieur

        You have to admit that having to buy an extra app on a brand new OS is not optimal.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:57 am Reply
        • Bob Benedetti

          True, but for now that is the only option if you want the classic Start button back

          December 14, 2012 at 10:03 am Reply

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