|I downloaded the consumer preview and I'm not impressed.|
It seems to be more difficult to use and require more clicks to do most things. The search function in Vista and 7 which I fell in love with has been molested by the side menu search function that doesn't seem as effective or as accurate. Instead of keeping it simple and having the results displayed on the side menu it opens the dang apps screen and your desktop disappears... Annoying to say the least.
The new "start" interface is obviously supposed to make the operating system touch friendly which it probably does but for the vast majority of desktop PC's now and probably for the next 3 years, it is more difficult and very inconsistent to the regular interface. Closing programs in that interface is different from the desktop interface and not particularly obvious, even esc wont get you out of one thing but will get you out of others. Why couldn't they keep the X in the corner of the screen we have enjoyed for the last 17+ years in addition to the touch alternative?
Another annoyance is getting up the side menu with a mouse seems very tedious sometimes often needing a few trys.
I installed Win8 on an older setup but its decent enough:
3GHz HT Pentium 4
2GB DDR400 in dual Channel
320GB/7200RPM/16MB SATA HDD
256MB X1650Pro (AGP)
It runs rather well, but annoyingly It has no driver for the graphics and wont install Win7 drivers for it saying the Microsoft generic is the most suitable driver. However that is understandable at this stage of development even if it is annoying. With that said, everything else works without problems which is surprising with a motherboard close to 10 years older than the operating system.
The new interface other than it being worse to use on a regular desktop PC, in my opinion is incredibly ugly. Very flat and not immersive or enjoyable to look at with dull colours, kinda looks like Windows 3.1 in 640x480 with a high contrast theme. This interface doesn't have to be ugly, why have White silhouetted icons on flat pastel coloured tiles? Couldn't we have nicer Aero type tiles with the nice high resolution icons we have now? And why does the task bar have to disappear?
So, now that I have had my rant pointing out my annoyances I will continue to use Win8 just to make sure it's not just the good old change is bad syndrome. It is an early release, but hopefully the final version is VASTLY different from what I am using now.
EDIT: Wow, just was looking at the lounge and saw a link jackbomb posted:
Exactly the way I feel about it, backwards step.