Not looking forward to Windows 8, either. My son bought a new laptop last week with Win8 installed. He is thinking of rolling back to Win7.
Microsoft designed Win8 for tablets and phones. They should have left it there. Maybe some background features of Win8 could have been done in a Win8 professional and left the touchy things for Win8 mobile. Apple has 2 Os's. iOS for the tablets and phones and OSx for the laptops and desk MACs. Microsoft should have done the same thing! What you want on a hand held phone or tablet is different than how you work with a laptop or desk unit.
I agree that the Win8 with the metro interface across all platforms seems at first glance to be pretty dumb. Sure, you can go back to windows 'classic' interface after first logging in, but these are some maintence type things that have been made 'metro' only.
I would hope that MS has something up their sleeve for the technical users to allow us to boot directly into 'classic' mode and go around the metro interface (for more cost, of course...) Since it seems that Windows desktop 'classic' seems to be running as a metro 'app', I will bet it really screws with technical apps like CAD,CAM,CAE,Animation,...
We are due for new workstations next year. We may be moving to Win 8 and CREO2 (shudder!) at the same time.
Windows 8.... has anyone run Pro/e on a pad/phone yet? Note pads these days are faster than my pro/e 2000i desktop. Just wondering when I can tilt my screen to rotate the parts. I also was thinking I could shake the screen to create exploded views/states.
windows 7 is probably here to stay like XP did. because I just don't see the day where the mangers might approve new stations if they also have to approve no bonuses so that we can upgrade pro/e and re-install everything we ever use.
I'm a linux fan and I gotta say that linux/unix is the way to go. basically everything is a piece of a puzzle. So pro/e will work (used-ta could, but not no mo) on any version of linux so long as certain files not included in the pro/e install are present. And freaking linux has like 3 completely different desktop looks and another thousand "looks" that are not main stream yet. It has the rotating box thing and all sorts of crazy animations that get updated every day almost to make them better. But pro/e still works.
This may be what windows 8 is supposed to do to windows...Linux-ize it some how to make it ready to the clouds.
That being said, I also see the death of the desktop pretty soon. no one is innovating on the desktop. If they are, they are doing so as a test for some mobile app. So that's a big question, what the heck are we supposed to work on for CAD in the near future---5 years from now? If its in a pad, who is buying that stuff for us? hardware/software/OS. well someone has got to pay for it...