« on: April 13, 2014, 10:03:14 am »
8 is none of those things. It's a piece of garbage- a worthless husk of an OS Microsoft vomited up in an effort to stay "trendy".
As far as the Windows 8 rage, it could not be more misplaced. Yes, the whole Metro interface is pointless, but it's also pretty easy to ignore. Took me about five minutes to change some settings and default programs and seal it away. (That was 8. In 8.1 half the work is already done for you.) People like to rage against the start screen too. Well... the incremental search works exactly the same, and if you want to look through all your programs, it's a lot easier if they're laid out fullscreen with large icons instead of packed into a vertical list. It's the old Windows 95-XP start menu that got me into the habit of not using the start menu at all for anything ever.
It strikes me as childish that people rage at Win 8 because they changed the skin and added (an admittedly stupid) feature that you can ignore wholesale. I don't mean to be a champion for Windows 8, it's just that the misguided foaming-at-the-mouth hate directed toward it becomes tiresome.
As far as Post-XP in general, judging from my own experience, there really shouldn't be an issue. I've never had to use DosBox. If you're hell-bent on using DOS software, though, it's there and it works fine. These days VB6 seems to be the most common issue, and that's a distribution issue, not a compatibility issue. OCX files were mentioned. Just like a normal DLL, they have no special OS requirements unless they are programmed that way (i.e. badly). The real issue is that they are not bundled with Windows anymore. They've never been considered a core part of the OS, but were included as dependencies for other software. At any rate, software should be distributed with an installer or packaged with dependencies. I know that's not what usually happens (and I've been guilty of this in the past), but if the author distributes the program correctly, it should run fine.
What sort of compatibility issues does XP mode solve that compatibility mode does not? I've never had to use either.