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Windows 8 Runs Best on My MacBook Pro

Get your Start Menu back

I have had a version of Windows 8 running since the first day the Developer Preview was available for download. I did so out of necessity, not because the techie in me wanted to. The techie in me that has spent the last 10 years exclusively in Microsoft's world wants nothing more than my freedom from the Microsoft Empire.

That will not be happening anytime soon since they own me and every enterprise I work with. I therefore have no choice but to keep learning the Microsoft platform as new releases and tools come out.

Windows 8 RTM is no less annoying to me than the first time I downloaded it. I still don't run it on bare metal and do not plan to. I have found several ways to make it less painful. I do not use the Metro crap ribbon at all. As soon as it loads I hit the desktop.

The biggest trick I have found to make it the least annoying so far is to run it in Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac on my MacBook Pro. The main reason for that is I get my start menu back. It is shown below.

Windows 8 Start Menu in Parallels

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Up until the RTM came out I ran Windows 8 in VMware on my Alienware M18X. I installed the RTM on it but moved all my development to my Mac and haven't opened it on my Alienware since. Not having to deal with that annoying Metro banned of squares is great!!! Sorry about all the Metro references, but that is the only name I know to describe the ugly in Windows 8 on the desktop.

Another plus is that on the MacBook the touch pad allows me to pinch and do a ton of other gestures that aren't available on windows pads. The Magic Mouse also works great with it.

If you are an enterprise user or developer, Microsoft owns you, your sole, your desktop, your servers, and especially your check. They don’t care if they have to throw us under the bus, because they own us. To get a non-enterprise and non-developer customer base they are willing to burn us for the next 3-4 years. We have nowhere else to go and they know it. So yes I will be learning Metro development (or whatever they are calling it now).

On tablets and phones it isn't a bad environment since that customer base is what it is made for. On the desktop it is a joke, and no one but partners who are being force to upgrade are giving it any thought.

I believe they will come around and provide a decent development environment again in 3-4 years, but the bad news is, this will happen again with them. They are followers not leaders, they are imitators not innovators. In 3-4 years they will have missed another bus and it will be catch up time again. The baby will be tossed out with the bath water and we will be starting over…. again.

Anyway...  If you own a Mac and you need to run Windows 8, ironically your best bet is to run it on your Mac environment.

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Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.

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