My reponse to David Pogue’s “How to Use Windows 8? Search for It”

Quotes taken from this article.

I’ve always been troubled by the duality of Windows 8: the fact that it has two completely different environments.

Yeah, but if Windows 8 had only the desktop, you’d be writing that OS has no future because it isn’t touch friendly. If it had only the New UI, you’d be writing that Microsoft was destroying the Windows ecosystem. Yes, the OS is 2 UIs in one. But that’s what you get when you have to cover all the bases.


you have a Start screen — the Home screen for TileWorld. If you use Windows 8, you will be spending a lot of time here.

Not if you use mostly desktop apps and pin them to your taskbar.


you have to search for everything.

Searching is a smart and intuitive alternative to spelunking menu hierarchies. This also ignores the fact that you can right-click on the Start Screen, select All Apps, and see every application available on your PC.


You must search for either programs, or settings, or files. You can’t search all three categories at once.

That’s because every user who’s searching for something, even if they have no idea whether that thing exists or not, probably knows whether it’s a program, file, or setting. Therefore, there’s no need for a search to span all 3 categories. If I’m looking for the Control Panel, why would I want to see files named “Control Pa*?” That makes no sense.


None of those methods are as simple, obvious or quick as the old way: just listing Control Panel in the Start menu.

You can do this anyway by pinning Control Panel to the Start menu, or even to the taskbar.


When you consider the slow sales of Windows 8,

Most outlets have attributed this to a market shift toward more mobile products, and not to any failing of the OS itself.

Author: jdrch

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5 thoughts on “My reponse to David Pogue’s “How to Use Windows 8? Search for It””

  1. Pinning programs to the taskbar is such a kludge I find it hard to understand how you can say that it is a solution to anything. For me, the taskbar is to manoeuvre between open programs (and I prefer one task per open item, i.e. each Word document, say, has its own notification box), so pinning programs doesn’t help. The old Quicklaunch bar was great – it doesn’t take up significant taskbar real-estate when minimised, and it is only a mouse-move away to get to whatever are your favourite programs.

    Win8 for proper computers hasn’t found a fan here, though it does seem to be a good tablet interface.


    1. You’re entitled to your opinion about the taskbar, but actually most people in the real world pin the apps they use to the it. See here:

      Figure 4 reveals that 85% of people have three or more items pinned to the taskbar compared to a mere 23% who have the same number pinned to the Start menu. Although the taskbar and Start menu have different pinned defaults, many people do customize both of them when they want to. The message is clear that the majority of people want most of their apps on the taskbar rather than having to dig into Start.

      The above data was gleaned from MS’ own telemetry, which is a far better representation of how people use the OS than article comments and blog posts written by a single person.


  2. The Desktop UI has probably reached its zenith. Finger friendly UIs adapted to take advantage of the more robust capacitive have carried the day. We are in a transition period: Microsoft’s user base is gargantuan and can’t be moved from one paradigm in a breath. If you Productivity Warriors want a glimpse of the future, download the free OneNote from the Apps Store. I can’t wait to use the rest of MS office after they have had their makeover.



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