Windows 8 “So Bad Microsoft Gave It 2 Moe Mascots”


Microsoft’s efforts to hawk Windows to otaku using the power of moe look to have reached their zenith with Windows 7’s Madobe Nanami, and quite possibly their nadir with the pair of generic ‘blobs trotted out to support sales of Windows 8, apparently the most loathed Windows OS since Vista.

Windows 8 (or the 64 bit Pro “DSP” edition at any rate) is being graced by no less than two new mascots – Madobe Yuu and Madobe Ai (“yuuai” = “friendship”), who come with a special “Wedge” ita-mouse:


Akihabara and Nipponbashi editions:


Perhaps in keeping with the other discrepancies between Windows 7 and 8, moe-OS fans cannot help but notice the seiyuu casting has gone from Nana Mizuki as Nanami to Asuka Nishi (whose roles include such memorable performances as Pupil D and Maid B) as Yuu and Nao Tamura (so obscure her Wikipedia page is empty and threatened with deletion) as Ai.

Art featuring the new characters, official or otherwise, is so far conspicuously absent.

Claud computing has never looked more appealing:


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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 18/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    One of my friends is beta-testing Windows 8. It is Vista Redux. Be afraid, PC users. Be very afraid.

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    Comment by Sacky
    18:22 18/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I managed to try the consumer and developer preview. I won't be upgrading from Windows 7 or Linux at this point.

    My issues with Windows 8 are many, not able to load into a desktop environment, jarring experience going in and out of desktop for simple settings, the BIOS lock which makes it much more complex to dual boot with another OS (like Linux), the RAM hit from metro running in the background all the time, no start button, the store won't allow PEGI 18 games, only PEGI 16 or below, Metro doesn't interest me at all because I don't think touch on a desktop is a good idea. What I do like is the taskmanager in Windows 8 which looks nicer and is slightly more intuitive, but other than that I see no reason to upgrade, Windows 8 is a very frustrating OS for any user, new or experienced. Hope this helps.

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    Comment by Castian
    20:57 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    So, in other words, Windows 8 turns your PC into a Tablet/ipad?

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    Comment by Anthony
    03:20 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kind of but not it's faster and better imagine Tablet compatible with hardware upgrades and all windows apps.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol I'm seeing so many comments here obviously from people that most likely only know a little of the user layer but have absolutely no idea of all the layers closer to hardware. Go to University and take a few computer courses before you talk about memory management.

    And how come people judge an OS by the experiences they had with pre release software from a year ago?

    Sacky, how much time did you spend on Win8? If you really went to the metro settings each time instead of going to the good old Control Panel, you've done something wrong. MEtro Settings are app specific settings, that you access when you actually use an app. When you're on the start screen your obviously accessing the overall metro/lock/logOn settings. For everything else go to control panel like you're used to from Win7.

    Win8 uses more RAM on same everyday usage than Win7 did. Even now with all the spplications I use regularly running I'm at 30% memory usage when I was over 40% on Win7. (I'm using Win8 Pro RTM)

    Metro is not just about touch. It's about having a nice looking hub to apps you use regularly and live tiles so you won't need to actually open an app to get the most pressing information immediately.

    It essentially does the same as the start menu in Win7 and more. people are just crying because they don't have a visible button to click anymore. To break it up for the slow witted:
    What did you use the start menu for? -> open programs either by clicking through the list of programs or by using the search bar.
    What do you do with Win8 start screen? -> open programs either by clicking on a tile or using search by JUST START TYPING. Oh and you get quick info from live tiles and contextual search. When you search for spaghetti it should show you a recipes app.

    What do you do when you log on? you want to start a program. Why do you need to go to desktop for that? just click your tile to start it and go to desktop automatically if it's a desktop app.

    The ONLY problem I have with Win8 is that the shutdown menu is bizarrely hidden in the metro settings menu, which means 1 additional click compared to Win7. But I'm working around that by using alt+F4.

    People hating against metro are just too lazy to change their habits a little and embrace the (mostly) more efficient ways to accomplish things with metro. Unfortunately most people are lazy conservative idiots that live by the never-touch-a-running-system-mentality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "People hating against metro are just too lazy to change their habits a little and embrace the (mostly) more efficient ways to accomplish things with metro. Unfortunately most people are lazy conservative idiots that live by the never-touch-a-running-system-mentality."

    You must be one of those self loathing people who is all about stupid OS interface but who does nothing valuable with a PC. You may as well use a 386 with Windows 3.1.

    Conservative? WTF? You talk of Windows RTM PRO as though you do professional work. What it is that you do on that computer of yours anyway? Watch anime and porn? Run some games? Write some crappy code, 50 million Indians could do better for half your wage? Real users want an interface they're familiar with because they're most comfortable with that and they can focus on the work at hand and not relearn your stupid icons and menus every 2-3 years. We don't need to redesign the wheel every time Microsoft wants to create another OSX clone. Windows XP was good enough and I'd grant Windows7 as something worth acquiring with new hardware. But the point is that one uses what one is most familiar with and that is what makes one productive. One does not use a computer to masturbate to pretty screens, one runs specific apps and actually does work in those apps.

    Imagine the scenario that you have to relearn how to drive a car with each successive model, or learn to read again with each new version of a book, learn new methods of dressing oneself when buying new pants or a tie. Why is the PC world so full of that nonsense?

    Windows, computers and snowflake "geniuses" who program them need to conform to the people who pay their salaries: the rest of us who use computers to design buildings, review CT scans, balance budgets, write books, analize data in scientific research, run presentations for worthwhile people, etc. Don't push your BS ideas about what works and doesn't on us. We don't need that and we don't need hacks like you to tell us what is better or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Noone ASKED for 'greater efficiency'. An entirely new UI is change for change's sake.

    It's just like Microsoft though. Their excuse for eliminating the Start menu was 'our studies show people just use quick links attached to the task bar'.

    Because every goddamn program you install tries to add one or a tooltray icon, and 90% of users are too illiterate to know they can even REMOVE THEM. So they end up with a taskbar FULL of single-click apps they never use, and no room on the taskbar TO ACTUALLY DISPLAY RUNNING APPS.

    "Our users don't know anything, and our developers do anything they please, so let's make the interface even LESS functional. Because everyone wants their PC desktop covered with scrolling, blinking crap like a 24/7 news channel screen."


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 17/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure he meant to say less.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    At 10:00 19/10/2012,

    How can you come to the conclusion that nobody asked for "greater efficiency", did you think before you made that statement or did your mother giggle as she helped you type it out?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My computer doesn't run "apps" purchased from an "app store" because it's not an iphone.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    09:56 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Er. Is an OS using more ram a good thing now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 08/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i tried it and it works fine for me and i had my friend help me hack and crack it a little and now it doesn't bother me with anything, it is really fast and i am still using it right now.

    Comment by Ryuhouji
    00:53 23/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I recently installed a copy of windows 8 pro. So far the only bitch i have is the lack of transparency. The only way of getting it is to exploit the existing theme service. Other than that, I've had no issues with windows 8. I find it better than windows 7. And I DEFINETLY like it better than linux. Linux is the absolute worst. You always have to install dependencies through an annoying interface, whereas windows 8 works out of the box for most of the stuff I use. So people can hate on windows 8 allt hey want. I love it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    >not able to load into a desktop environment
    >BIOS lock which makes it much more complex to dual boot with another OS
    > the RAM hit from metro running in the background all the time

    HAVE you *really* tried Windows 8?
    1. desktop environment can be accessed by start button.
    2. BIOS lock is mandatory only in tablet.
    3. 2GB RAM still give windows 8 a snappy feeling in my experience.

    That said, i still prefer Windows 7.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    There is no way to load into desktop without passing through metro.

    The BIOS lock he's referring to is Secure Boot which uses a hardware keygen system, although Linux is working on this, it's not so straightforward to install other OS next to Windows 8 come release.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 18/10/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    20:11 Why do you need to go to desktop first before you start running a program? Do you need to see your Wallpaper before you can start working? Why can't you just launch your first program from start screen?

    Or are you turning your PC on just to see the desktop?

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    Comment by cats2
    21:59 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yeah ok, use something else then proceed to emulate windows for 90% of your applications and games anyways while complaining about it..

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As a Linux hippie, all I can say to this is "bite me". Or rather, "sudo bite me".

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Anonymous is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.

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    Comment by Darkwiz666
    00:26 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    HA! Nerd burn. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nicely done :)

    Comment by Anonymous

    the only thing linux is good for is mobile devices & server usage, it does not belong on a desktop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That is quite an irrational opinion. Don't blame the kernel for the lack of adequate desktop environments.

    That said, I personally prefer Windows 7 for private everyday use.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >>That is quite an irrational opinion. Don't blame the kernel for the lack of adequate desktop environments

    But you CAN blame 15 years of rabid neckbeards fighting each other over the placement of a menubar with no progress to show for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope. Linux is better for my underpowered AMD Turion laptop. No worries with XP driver, fuck no with win 7 because 1 GB RAM.

    I can still watching my anime with mplayer2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't argue with that. 00:28 specifically mentioned "Linux" though, and not any distribution or desktop environment.

    True. Windows Server (starting with 2003) certainly is a decent, solid server OS. Unix-like server OS's still have the advantage though, not least because they're available for virtually every architecture.

    Linux is unparalleled in the HPC sector though. Microsoft still has a long ways to go there. Windows HPC 2008 laughably still only supports x86_64, and Microsoft's insistence on (again) making changes to a well-established industry standard (MPI in this case) doesn't help either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny thing, Microsoft Windows actually has a rather large market share for servers as well... And Server 2012 is freakin awesome to boot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ywah just like 7. The one big change compared to vista sp2 is the name.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    16:35 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's like saying Windows 98 was just windows 95, just a new name, and is still just as wrong.

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    Comment by Christian Song
    07:01 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ermmm... I'm I the only one that Windows VISTA works way better than Windows 7???? I have VISTA still installed on my PC and never once had much of trouble... Same thing happened with Windows ME, it worked way better than Windows 98 while everyone complained I was like "what are you talking about? Works fine with me!"

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    16:33 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Bullshit you never had trouble. You are either trolling or unable to tell when something is not working the way it is supposed to. Vista was a fucking slow ass bitch compared to Windows XP. That's not even getting into the dozens of options that you should have gone to find to turn off shit that doesn't need to be on in the first place.

    Still a few of those in Windows 7 (And believe me I know Windows 7 isn't perfect either) but Vista was a giant steaming piece of shit and if you couldn't tell that then I feel very sorry for whatever children you might have.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Your friend is not very bright. Please avoid him.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm beta testing W8 now it has dual language support I can change the language settings with a push on JP or ENG. It's faster than W7 and also has touchscreen compatibility. It's simple W7 is vista done right and W8 is W7 pro+social+tablet. Some have complained that the new window system is hard to use for coding and multitasking but if you want to do those things try the desktop's windows.

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    Comment by Deus_mechanicus
    18:32 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Its not faster than win7, it is win 7 with another shitty metroui on top of it.

    Touchscreen compatibility has no p[lace on a desktop os.

    Windows 8 will fail and they will come out with another decent os, its practically how ms operates, one good os one shitty os alternating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Windows 8 boots faster because it delays some of the services which were previously loaded at boot time for no good reason at all. The overall bloat remains the same.

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    Comment by Sacky
    18:53 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can confirm what Deus says. Windows 8 is slightly faster in booting but the OS itself isn't any faster in gaming for me, in fact it is just ever so slightly slower and scores a bit lower in gaming benchmarks. Where is it slightly faster is in encoding, it was slightly faster in Handbrake.

    So overall, no, Windows 8 isn't faster than Windows 7, in fact I assume if I had tested with lots of metro apps it might have been slower than Windows 7 since I don't know how well W8 handles memory management of metro, but I assume it's worse than W7.

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    Comment by macona
    20:42 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Touchscreen has its place. Works great for industrial settings and kiosks. But fatigue quickly sets in so unless you have it built into a table like Surface then it sucks if you have to use it for any length of time.

    Tablets are fine since they are right in front of you, desktops not so since you have to reach over a keyboard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Insistently, Win7 is just Vista with some extras and improved memory management. u mad?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You could already switch between input languages by setting a key combination, or in the case of Japanese, just toggle between kana and normal input by pressing Shift-Caps Lock since at least XP. This isn't new.

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    Comment by Anthony
    03:43 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was talking about how clicking an icon or right clicking it and open language settings was faster than memorizing hotkeys. :( I am not good at that only keys I remember are ctrl alt delete. And as far as the speed gos I did mean boot speed and how it runs programs not games my GPUs only 4.3 on the ratings so no hardcore pc gamin for me :( but I apologize for my previous comment though as I was shit tired and forgot to log on and lazily made a rebuttal in these hope this comment makes up for it though. Also with the mascot lets not forget that many companies(Police Stations too.) in japan have cute mascots to appear more "Friendly" goes clear back to hello kitty and sanrio in '74 probably even further however I want one of those boxes so bad lolz could be considered a collectors item in the U.S. it's better than that hipster shit eco box we get and that mouse thing sounds fucking cool. I think we forget that artists work for companies to design characters to sell things quite often especially in Japan and the most Anime Studios and Mangaka work for companies and suspiciously we still adore those characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    XP motherfuckers, can you use it ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not if you own a PC built in the last 5 years.
    While you could install XP even on modern high end hardware, you would be wasting the capabilities of your system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The joke's on you because my PC is a loli (13 years old). :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too old, do not want!

    Comment by Anonymous

    But unfortunately, XP 64 is another failure if you have more than 3Gb ram is required to use or migrate to W7!
    Until mid range computers use more than 4gb ram nowadays..
    Undoubtedly windows xp was a big jump, maybe in 3 or 4 generations of OS microsoft hit again?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What exactly is a failure about XP 64??? I'm using it no problem on my 4GB DirectX9 era laptop and I'm highly satisfied with its stability and performance. Only reason not to use it today is M$'s artificially imposed lack of DX 10 and 11.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then stay on XP forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    One day Microsoft will figure out that they had it pretty much perfect with XP and just make a more powerful version of that.

    On the plus side the mascots are cute. I like the one with the short hair.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Window 7 is an upgraded version of Xp and Window 8 An even worse version of Vista

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Every other OS they make is good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Just wanted to add that 2K was a great OS. Remember Millennium? I'm still trying to forget it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Contrary to popular mythology, XP wasn't that great when it first came off shelf.

    As a 2K user at the time, my systems couldn't take the 25% frame-rate hit that that switching to XP would have made at the time.

    It took them a couple of service patches, and a couple of generations of hardware to actually make XP a useful upgrade from 2K.

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    Comment by Aya Reiko
    15:12 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    3.1 - Good
    95 - Good
    98 - Good
    ME - Sucked
    XP - Good
    Vista - Sucked
    7 - Good
    8 - Likely going to suck

    I excluded the NT/2K series and other spinoff OS's.

    Aside from 95 breaking the trend, looks like Win8 is going to "perform" as expected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just want to point out that instead of making Vista better they're discontinuing support of it and calling it Windows 8. At least XP was improved upon, MS just said, "Ah! Screw it!" to Vista and dropped the idea. Now, they have this brilliance, "Maybe we missed something here...yeah, we could add a little to the interface to make it look more fresh and make it even more resource hungry!" Lucky number 7 is where it's gonna be at for the next 5 years my fellow WinPC users. As it was stated, every other OS released by MS is good...usually...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Aya Reiko:

    You're off if you consider the NT-based OSes as "spinoffs" since they were the kernel/core that XP and later are all based upon. Everything from Win8 and even the Windows server OSes trace back along the NT line. The consumer line (original Windows series, 9x, ME) was dropped in favor of NT.

    BTW, you're forgetting 98SE. It's practically a separate OS by itself compared to orig 98. 95 was reasonable. 95 OSR2 was a bit better. 98 was okay. 98SE was much better. ME was a bloody beta test for features to be implemented in XP, in my personal view. XP only got good once widespread general support was made for it. (The mass transition from a consumer kernel to an NT-based one fucked that away initially.) I was okay with XP SP1, but I didn't really like it until SP2. I actually liked 2k a little more until XP SP2.

    VISTA was just a clusterfuck. They changed too much too quickly without proper industry support on launch. 7 was definitely better, but it runs on a modified Vista core. As such, half the support was already in place when 7 launch. (The industry already had a clue after Vista and MS learned well enough from the Vista fiasco to inform and support their partners during development so shit was ready AT launch, not 6 fucking months later.)

    8 is starting to look like another Vista with the massed UI shift, but we'll have to wait and see... (To be honest, I'd rreally care about Win8 much. I'm more interested in what MS is doing with IE10...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:22 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aya Reiko

    oh fuck no, 95 was a piece of shit, however it was at the time, better than 3.1, but that said, id consider a mac back than a realistic option.

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    Comment by Geno-nii
    18:48 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does that mean when Windows 9 comes, it'll be a better version of Windows 7?

    Comment by Anonymous

    obvious computer illiterate joining the hate hype who thinks he knows something about computers (I'm not even talking about OSes which are on a complete different level of complexity I'm only referencing on the basic functinality of a computerr)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Windows 7 is just Windows Vista with higher priority GUI. The only reason it did better is that the new driver model was well-established by the time it came out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Windows Vista was a half-baked Windows 7 MS churned out to regain some budget to complete Windows 7...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Windows 7 is on the same kernel as Vista. Everything else is just a marketing bullshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anyone else notice that their surname has "Adobe" in it

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So this is all part of some conspiracy theory?

    And no, it was just you to notice that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    'Madobe' means 'Window'.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wrong. The word for window is mado (窓). Madobe (窓辺) means "by the window".

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