"The Metro start screen may not be everyone's cup of tea," Well, that's putting it very mildly.
Metro specific. Start screen specific. Who cares. Just get that start screen out of my way, plox.
#2. Task Manager
Improved. Decent. One of the nicest task managers I've used. Now if only someone could port htop to Windows.
#3. Run ISOs and VHDs natively
friggin' time. Linux has been doing this since forever ago. But you
won't be able to play DVDs out of the box. Noooo.... You need to buy
the Plus Pack for that. It's as if it's really 1998.
#4. No new hardware requirements
Well, considering the bloat going from XP to Vista/7 one would hope not. It's still too big for virtualizing.
#5. Airplane mode
Here is my airplane mode: Put on headphones. Listen to music. Sleep.
Ignore person in seat next to me as much as possible.
#6. SkyDrive integration
This should be expected. SkyDrive doesn't suck.
#7. Windows Store
But forget about buying non-metro apps in it.
#8. Interactive lock screen
on a bull useless. A lockscreen should show nothing but a prompt for a
password and possibly the screensaver. It's a lockscreen for a
#9. Split-screen apps
Don't we call these things windows? *looks* OH REALLY. IFRAMES ON THE DESKTOP. KILL IT WITH FIRE.
#10. Split touch keyboard - an on-screen keyboard that is divided up into left and right sides
Saying this to a touch-typist gets you nothing but ridicule.
#11. App contracts
KDE has had something like this since forever ago.
#12. Fewer surprise restarts
about none? Please? The only surprise restart should be a STOP error,
and at that point, it's a hardware/driver issue. All other restarts
should be optional, like in sane operating systems.
#13. Cross-device synchronisation
Marketing fluff that means "rsync"
#14. Improved 3G support
But how does this help me as a desktop OS?
#15. Built-in antivirus
It would be nice to not need this, wouldn't it?
#16. Picture passwords
Only useful on touch devices.
#17. Instant search
Oh, you mean like what Linux has had since forever ago. Also, see Dolphin, Semantic Desktop etc.
#18. Windows To Go
Live distribution. "Innovation" as if Knoppix never existed.
#19. Secure Boot
that is designed to lock out other OSes from "windows certified"
devices, enabled by default and unable to remove. Also: the army is
always fighting the last war. Most malware runs in userspace now.
#20. Revamped Explorer
It still sucks.
#21. Restore PC
Only Windows users think it's normal to re-image the machine every quarter.
#22. Thumbnail previews of active applications
Woop, de, doo. old news, even on Windows. "But it's android style!!!!!" Wait, who is doing the innovating here?
#23. Metro groups
UI specific. Metro sucks. Therefore MetroGroups sucks.
#24. Kinect for Windows
This is actually useful and a Good Thing (TM)
but article does not describe what it is, something to do with
policies, therefore it is meaningless to the end user. This is a
stretch, especially in an article targeted toward end users.
#26. Reset PC
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda ; walk away, get lunch.
#27. File copy revamp
user interface deal that does nothing about the suck-ass throughput
when copying non-trivial amounts of files, like moving movie archives
from one drive to another.
#28. Faster boot times
Yeah, well, this
will be nuked by the user as soon as he or she installs
$BONZIBUDDYCLONEOFTHEDAY from the app store. Purple gorillas for
#29. Native USB 3 support
In modern operating systems,
this is pushed out with a kernel module update on existing systems. No
idea why you would need an entire OS upgrade just for usb3.
#30. Panoramic background images
Oh my fucking god, we need this. We need this so much. TAKE MY MONEY ALL OF IT