Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 16:16 UTC
Windows Wednesday was the big day for Microsoft - the largest overhaul of its operating system since Windows 95 (heck, I'd argue the overhaul is far larger than Windows 95) went into consumer preview. I've been running it on my Asus ZenBook since its release, and in all honesty, it's not as arduous as I expected. I'm not planning on doing a full review, but I do want to mention a number of things - both positive and negative - that stood out to me.
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kragil
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2006-01-04

Expecting Steam to be integrated into Metros games section is like expecting Apple to release Android apps IMO.

Metro feels so separate from the desktop. You can't even drag and drop stuff from one to the other.

In desktop mode the active corner always get in my way when closing applications or starting the one in the bottom left corner.

Why should I live with all these annoyances that I don't like? As I said I will sit this one out. Just as with Vista MS introduces a lot of stuff, but without polish. Windows 9 might be better and so long Windows 7 is just fine.

And contrary to what peoples gut feeling tells them Windows 7 is exactly the same speed as Windows 8. No difference whatsoever, a speed increase only exists is imagination land.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Desktop is a legacy part of the system. I'm not sure I understand what your issue is.

If you are desktop oriented, then the start screen behaves like a start menu. i'm not sure how much more integrated it can feel.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

And contrary to what peoples gut feeling tells them Windows 7 is exactly the same speed as Windows 8. No difference whatsoever, a speed increase only exists is imagination land.


I can't speak for Windows 7 vs Windows 8 speed or snappiness, but going from Vista to Windows 8 on my laptop was a huge improvement! The only time I noticed any interface lag at all was when I lost my WiFi connection while trying to update People.

Firefox 10 under Vista used to take about 15 seconds for a cold start or about 5 seconds for a warm start. Under Windows 8 a cold start is less than 3 seconds and a warm start is less than a second. This is on a Core2Duo T6400 machine with 4GB of DDR2 RAM. In other words, not exactly the fastest machine on the block even when it came out three years ago.

I'm certainly enjoying Windows 8 on my laptop, with only a few glitches most likely related to being brand new, unreleased software. Perhaps it's because I'm already so used to Metro on my phone and Xbox, but I'm calling this one a winner if Microsoft can work out the bugs and drop in a couple of basic, common sense features. That said, I do think if I decide to buy the OS it will be one of the Professional editions, or perhaps Ultimate. I'd love to be able to work in "classic" mode for most things and switch to Metro for entertainment, as opposed to the current feeling that the OS wants to stay in Metro whenever possible.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Expecting Steam to be integrated into Metros games section is like expecting Apple to release Android apps IMO.

Or maybe like like Google having apps on iOS, or MS on OSX...

PS.
And contrary to what peoples gut feeling tells them Windows 7 is exactly the same speed as Windows 8. No difference whatsoever, a speed increase only exists is imagination land.

Well I don't think many expect higher actual performance, benchmark numbers, and such (though some certainly do expect it...) - but it's entirely conceivable that the system is now tweaked, "acts" and feels smoother to the user (like so many claim in BeOS threads, here)

Edited 2012-03-09 23:45 UTC

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