Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Jun 2012 17:52 UTC
Windows Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pens a rant on Windows 8, calling it 'awful': "I'm now ready to sum up my Windows 8 experience with a single word: awful. I could have chosen a number of other words - terrible, horrible, painful and execrable all spring to mind - but it doesn't matter, the sentiment is the same." I've been using Windows 8 Release Preview on both my ZenBook and my regular desktop since its release, and here's my short review: "I like it." Issues a-plenty, but for what is essentially a 1.0 release - not bad. It's a hell of a lot better than other releases which were similar in scope (Mac OS X 10.0, KDE 4.0).
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My personal review of Windows 8
by Lion on Sun 17th Jun 2012 01:04 UTC
Lion
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I originally wrote this up as a Google+ post...

I've been using Windows 8 Release Preview at home to learn to come to grips with the new interface, the following are my impressions:

Many of the reviews I have read have described the experience entirely incorrectly

• Metro seems to have been mostly discussed as a desktop replacement. My experience points to this being quite different to the reality of using it. Metro is a widget platform and is designed for tablets and phones. It's far more of a replacement for the sidebar than for the desktop.

• The desktop does not feel like a second class citizen as has been mentioned in many articles that I have seen. My experience points to the desktop experience remaining largely unchanged from Windows 7 to the extent that I have no desire to reboot into win7 to go back to "normal"

The start page is not the new desktop. The start page is just the new start menu. This is not immediately obvious and while the transitions between start page and desktop look odd at first, once you start actually using it, this becomes the way you use the PC. How much time do you spend looking at your start menu these days on Windows 7? Not much. Once the apps you are working with are open, you are probably just going to work with those apps. The experience of working with your apps is 99 percent the same.

You don't have to use metro apps for anything. I tried to find metro app versions of most of the tools I use. The one (evernote) that currently exists feels like a cellphone app. I am likely to remove it and switch to the desktop version. (these need to be unified, like chrome). At least on a regular desktop PC it makes better sense to stick with regular windowable apps.

• The new emphasis on touch and gesture based controls is not without its penalties. Certain behaviours involving screen corners and edges will no longer work in the way to which you have become accustomed. I got used to dragging windows against the top of my screen to maximize in windows 7. this still works, but I now have to aim for the title bar to drag back down and un-maximize as dragging from the top edge will hide the desktop and show the start screen. Likewise, throwing the mouse into the top right corner to close a maximized window will sometimes not work as expected because the charms will appear.

• The retraining costs will probably not be nearly as high as there is concern that it might be. The above pretty much covers the similarities and differences. A half-hour workshop or so is probably all that's needed to get past the initial fright at it looking like a different way to interact with the PC and make it clear to users that they can still work with their machine the same way as they always have.

Overall:
Metro is not as big a deal on the desktop as everyone seems to think. I get the impression in using it that it's there to allow for easier movement between desktop, tablet, and phone. but each is likely to still have a unique experience that can be (at least partially) tied together by the same visual language. This seems like a sensible approach to me, and letting people think for the moment that everything is moving to metro encourages development of applications that take advantage of it, even if users don't wind up using metro apps much on their PCs.

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