|Interesting, I haven't noticed any improvement from Win8 to Win7, while booting or afterwards. I did notice Explorer isn't launched until you switch over to desktop mode, though, so that might be a part of it.|
My own reactions:
- Mouse navigation is as awkward as everyone says. Visual indicators of what you can do are largely non-existent. For instance, there are a number of important keyboard shortcuts, but good luck finding them. (I've been using Win+W more than I should.)
- Apps are still easily broken. My weather app shows a gray screen, for instance.
- There is a strong push to associate your PC account with an on-line account. No word yet on what happens when my shoddy Internet gives out.
- There is a stronger push XBox and XBox related services. I do not own an XBox, and I see GFWL as unneeded cruft.
- I like Metro's taskbar. It's the "preview" display you see in Aero, but on the left side of the screen. No word yet on what happens with multiple monitors.
- An esoteric complaint, but it appears as if the Win8 installer overwrote my old "Windows.old" folder. It should have created a "Windows.old.003" instead.
- The old "Ctrl-Alt-Delete to log" in screen has been replaced with a "swipe up to unlock" screen. I haven't bothered checking for a registry / policy fix yet. I assume there is, otherwise it's a significant security hole.
- I like the ribbon integration in Explorer. More applications should have the ribbon.
- They brought back the "Up a Directory" button, so that's good.
- In general, the "less details" options gives you even less details, while "more details" options gives you even more. The speed graph on file operations appeases my inner number nerd.
- You can double click on Task Manager's graphs to show nothing but clicked graph. I'd mark them down for that, but you're already in "more details" mode, so hopefully my friends / family won't stumble into this feature and not know how to get back out. Again.
Is this OS for you? Depends. If you have a tablet PC, then go for it. If you ever thought your many core, 64-bit CPU with more RAM and storage than God needed a simplified touch-biased UI, go for it. If you think reaching out to tap something at eye level all day is a substitute for a proper calisthenics program, go for it. If not, don't.
<Rant>I do not know why Microsoft is instant in having one unified UI across anything burdened with the Windows name. It's a philosophy that killed their chances in the Smart Phone market. It's a philosophy that killed their chances at tablet PCs. Now it's a philosophy gearing up to make my job harder. Thank the powers that be at Redmond their game console wasn't called the Windows Box.</Rant>
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