By David Purcell, for PCTechBytes.com
Windows 8: The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Operating Systems
Windows 8 is getting a bad rap. It does a lot of really great things, and in may ways is far superior to a beloved Windows 7 that liberated us from a bloated, buggy Vista OS. But it has a darker, more sinister side. Despite its many advantages, Windows does some devious things that have turned off consumers and tainted its image. Just ask anyone walking down the street if they like Windows 8 and most will wrinkle their noses in disgust. Many of these people have not even tried the new Operating System. Word is out: Windows 8 is a bad seed.
Or is it? Below are some highlights of Windows 8′s split personality.
Dr Jekyll: Windows 8 has a fully-functional antivirus built in. But if a user prefers to install antivirus software like McAfee, Symantec, or AVG, Windows 8 will turn off this built in protection and defer to the third-party product. Microsoft’s software will become active if there’s no third-party malware protection at all or if the software is installed but has no up-to-date virus definitions.
Mr. Hyde: Metro. The vast majority of people I talk to do not like the tiles. They’re bulky and irrelevant.
To make matters worse, many programs, like Internet Explorer and Skype will have two versions–a Metro version and a Desktop version. They will look and act differently, leading to a lot of confusion.
This post is excerpted with the permission of PCTechBytes.com