Brad Wardell, president and CEO of software company Stardock, perceives three flaws that will threaten Windows 8.
The first is that It’s schizophrenic as it is neither a tablet nor a desktop OS as it tries to be both. The Windows 8 experience involves jumping back and forth between the tablet environment (Metro) and the desktop. They have nothing in common. Metro’s task list won’t list desktop apps and the desktop won’t list recently active Metro apps. They’re separate and yet you have to use both.
The second is forcing apps to be full screen is obnoxious. Imagine Notepad running full-screen with no border, no title bar, and no menu bar on a 21 inch monitor. That’s what a Metro text editor would like to use.
Metro apps want to be full-screen. Always.
You can snap them to use 1/3rd or 2/3rd of the screen, vertically, but that makes usability even worse in most cases.
The third is that it’s a usability nightmare. The users might come to grief because nothing is visually discoverable. There are no visual cues. It’s all based on touch, which means for most users, moving the mouse moving around the screen until it finds an invisible hotspot.
There’s no Start button or Start menu on the desktop unless you use a third-party utility like Start8 which may not be acceptable for corporate customers.