Recently I found myself into a situation where I had to configure for office usage three Windows 8 HP laptops.
I have used Microsoft Windows in the past when I had no other choice. But truth to be told, I never had prolems with Windows XP, Vista or 7.
Then I tried windows 8. I found Windows 8 extremely unfit for laptop users. The interface, not sure if they call it surface or metro, was clearly designed for tablets.
It was the first time since 2001 that I had to read an on-line tutorial in order to perform common tasks, like open and close programs. I’m sure that in a tabled or a touch-screen device, the interface looks good and intuitive, but on a mouse and keyboard laptop the experience was not acceptable by today’s standards.
The most irritating stuff though, comes from Microsoft’s partners. I found a wide variety of software that I never asked or needed.
There was a one-month licensed McAfee anti-virus, while Windows 8 and later have a Microsoft anti-virus by default, as part of the operating system.
Then there was software by HP to manage things like the WiFi card and other devices. This software is suppose to help the user to perform easy tasks, but ultimately the experience is awful. More often the not, these programs just use RAM and CPU cycles without offering nothing substantial. Windows can manage WiFi connection very good on it’s own. Same goes for the devices management. Some times they even cause problems by messing with system settings.
I found programs for DVD viewing, Backup on CD/DVD drives, etc. All these programs came with short-time licenses. But I don’t need any of those, since we don’t really need any backup on these computers and if we do, sure as hell won’t be on DVDs.
Then of course, a trial copy of Microsoft Office was there just in case.
When these programs are running together consume from 35% to 70% of the available RAM and make the laptop unresponsive. Why do they keep adding crap?
When you buy a mac or you configure a Linux installation, you have the main operating system - Linux being extremely flexible of course - and then you add the programs you need. That’s how it’s suppose to be, makes sense to me.
When you get Windows, you need to remove software in order configure the computer, which in my opinion is tragic.
Microsoft should seriously re-consider this promotional strategy. Killing the performance and adding more clutter to the mix doesn’t work for me, I guess it doesn’t work for others also.
I’ve always considered Windows a poor choice for anything other than playing games and developing with Microsoft’s technologies. I wasn’t mistaken apparently.
UPDATE: As a user pointed out on HN, to avoid this kind of experience is better to buy your Microsoft Windows computer from Microsoft Store. And if you are on a business, buy the Pro version, offers a way better remote control experience.