In case the Metro UI isn’t repellent enough, Microsoft have admitted 3 more things that should make anyone considering Windows 8 think twice.
1. No 3rd party browsers on Windows 8 for ARM
Microsoft have made some excuses about battery life and security, but with IE’s track record this seems quite laughable. Unsurprisingly Mozilla and Google are not happy. I worry about where this indicates that Microsoft thinking is going.
2. Windows Media Center is now a paid for extra, despite being unchanged!
Microsoft have done nothing to update Media Center, but have removed it from all editions, and it is now only available as a paid-for addon for Windows 8 Pro. So if I upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8 Pro it sounds like I stand to lose my perfectly working and paid for Media Center — and have to pay extra to get it back, unchanged! A total joke.
3. Audio codecs going missing
Lost along with Media Center are various audio codecs. The excuse this time is that “ultrabooks” don’t have optical drives. Yes — and that’s the major reason I have no plans to buy an Intel approved “ultrabook”. Again — paying extra for what previously came as standard is regression not progression. If the price has come down then it will be a different matter, but that’ll happen around the time h**l freezes over.
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