Microsoft’s co-founder reveals thoughts on Windows 8


Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen -who left Microsoft in 1983 due to illness- has revealed his thoughts on Windows 8 on his website:

‘The new tablet features in Windows 8 are particularly bold and innovative. A few minor issues aside, I’m impressed with its clever integration of a bimodal interface to simultaneously support both desktop and tablet use in the same operating system. I found the gesture navigation on the tablet to be quite satisfying and responsive. And in general, I find Windows 8 to be snappier and more responsive than Windows 7’.

Because the new operating system is designed to work on traditional desktop PC’s as well as laptops, he felt however some users may experience confusion when switching between the new tile-based, touch-friendly user interface and the classic ‘desktop’ mode. 

‘I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application – such as Internet Explorer – can be opened and run simultaneously. Files can also be opened in either of the two available modes. For example, after opening a PDF attachment in Outlook from the desktop, Windows opens the file in Microsoft Reader, an application more suited for use on a tablet, rather than the desktop Acrobat Reader. A manual switch is then required to return to desktop mode’

Paul did however found that simply changing the file associations could restore windows 8 to working pretty much like windows 7, which is good news for all those fearing the upgrade and disruption of their accustomed work flow.  See Paul’s blog post here.


  • Eric Hon

    I think Paul is right on the money. I don’t have any qualms with switching between desktop mode and metro mode. I just find it jarring when you have 2 seemingly different versions of one application (IE 10, music player, and photo viewer).

  • jcfan1979

    Finally someone not complaining about Metro. Some stuff granted is jarring, but after changing a few file associations and adding some shortcuts to the taskbar I never see Metro throughout the day unless I want to or reboot for some reason. Overall Windows 8 RTM has been absolutely rock solid and faster and smoother than Win7. Truly impressed at where the OS is and it’s potential as to where it could go. Linux who? OSX what?

  • Kitab

    Regardless of possible “conumdrums” with Win8’s desktop/metro (yes, metro:), I’m happy to see Paul’s picture, in sound and healthy posture. Wishing you, Paul, the best of health and a very very long life!
    Say hello! to Bill. Best regards. Win 8 will take care of itself, as all Windows have always done…

  • Bugbog

    I don’t believe he has been using the RTM build, as some of his observations are seemingly behind the curve!. (Also if you check the page, his review isn’t dated. Making me think this was written a while ago!)

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    you can tell IE to open links in desktop or new UI or mix them depending if you are on desktop or an App (like win store where you can visit a game developer site).
    and well…. its like always… before if you didnt have a PDF reader installed… it wouldnt open any file!…. if you install one, and you set it as your default it will open the file there. you cant expect a file to be openend in an App that is not default (it would be bad bad) becuase windows 8 has now reader and its a WinRT versión. and its obviously the default. (which you can uninstall)… so its not like it can open files in desktop were there is no desktop versión of a reader.
    so i dont understand his complaints in these things! specially in pdf thing because it is the same way it was done before win8.
    and its the same about photo, video, music apps. you can always set the desktop as default in few clicks, or uninstall them. so files will use desktop versión.