So I got a new laptop 3 weeks ago, it’s a Lenovo Yoga 13(the i7 version with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD). It comes with Windows 8 and I have to say, I can understand the bitching of people about Windows 8. The problem is not, that it would be unproductive to work with but rather that Microsoft does not explain enough how to really use it rightly. When you first start Windows 8 after the installation, you will get a little tutorial about how to use the new Windows. The problem with that tutorial is basically, that it only tells you about going in the edges of your screen with your mouse in order to do stuff. But really, that is not all you must know to use Windows 8, there are more things to explain than just that. For example, there is absolutely no explanation on how to close an app, so if a new user first launches an app and then tries to close it, he/she will get frustrated about it, because they don’t know how to close it. Therefore Microsoft really needs to improve the tutorial after the installation, so users will be not left in the dark when they first use Windows 8.
Windows 8 is not unproductive, people who say that didn’t use Windows 8 enough long, it’s actually faster, if you know how to use it. For example, if you want to launch an application in Windows 7 or XP you either click on an icon or go to the start menu and search for the application you want to open. Ok, so what’s wrong with that? Nothing but Windows 8 gives you the possibility to open the application faster, how? If you are in the modernUI screen, you simply start to write the name of the application with your keyboard and Windows 8 will automatically list the applications with the same name. This is faster, because not like in Windows 7 or XP, you don’t need to press the Windows button or use the mouse, you can just start searching for the application. It’s faster, get over it.
Informations: If you need to check the weather on Windows 7 or XP, you need either a desktop mini-app(you know this ugly things usually on the left side of the screen) or you actually launch an application. In Windows 8, you don’t need to launch anything, because the modernUI gives you the possibility to watch the information you need directly from the tiles, really, that’s more intelligent than opening an application just to get the 50kbyte of information you really wanted.
Touch n’ Mouse: It is just our time, touch devices are nice and give older people the experience of learning faster an OS, also it feels much more natural if you are using touch instead of a mouse. Windows 8 is made for touch but using it with a mouse is also easy(if not you are just a unmotoric brick). I hope you know that you can actually scroll in a Windows 8 app by using your scroll wheel(really?!).
Conclusion: I do understand the piss of people who judge Windows 8 for not being much self explanatory but I don’t see how Windows 8 is unproductive in any way. It’s great, if you know how to use it. If you are a system administrator and need to update to Windows 8, you should take time to introduce your users to the OS, instead of just throwing the roll-out and be done, hurr durr…really Windows 8 is great and the features coming in Windows 8.1 will make it even a better experience, also think about that it is faster than Windows 7, even it might not be noticeable by all users.