A close relative has Windows 8. I continue to hate using it, but I’ll have to keep an eye out for this update. Maybe I’ll find it less frustrating after this update is installed.
Interesting that they’re adding a start menu on the same day that they officially drop XP support. I guess they’re hoping this will bring us over.
If it were only possible to keep the classic user interface, then Win Vista/7/8 wouldn’t annoy me nearly as much. I assume other behaviors that I dislike could maybe be hacked out with nLite, disabling of services etc. not that I’d enjoy having to mess with all that.
I’m going to be sticking with XP for the foreseeable future, and trying a desktop linux install on the side. The WinXP security stuff doesn’t bother me, I’ve run outdated OS installs many times for various reasons on different machines.
The only thing I really worry about is all other software developers becoming hostile to XP, which I expect will happen pretty quickly. When that gets to be a major problem I’ll be forced to move on, but I tend to use outdated apps anyway.
I had assumed my next stop would be Windows 7, but with this start menu addition, maybe Windows 8 (or 9, by the time I upgrade) will become tolerable.
Metro and all that social/news media linkup stuff would have to be destroyed, though.