Living with Windows 8

So I’ve now been living with Windows 8 on my main laptop and on my ‘Build’ slate for the last few months so I thought it was time to share my experiences.

In the main I can say that it is all good, in fact I’d go as far as to say it’s probably the best Windows so far. I have fully come to terms with the Metro interface both as a super start menu for my laptop/desktop and as something more on my slate.

For me the key features are:

Start-up speed

At last we are up there with the Mac – I even find a cold start-up faster than a ‘hibernate’ start-up

The Metro Interface

After years of clutter, strange apps such as ‘Fences’ to make my desktop work for me Microsoft have solved it at a stroke! Not only have I got the Start Menu I’ve graved but with Apps thrown in I can get the info I need quickly and with minimum trouble. The to clutter my desktop with short cuts is greatly reduced (my aim is to do it completely)

Search

This is now search on steroids – not just fast but fast across everything be is apps, files or settings. The joy of just typing something on the start menu and getting to it almost immediately – try something such as ‘Wireless settings’ and search settings!

Windows Desktop (Windows 7.5??)

A new tour-de-force with the newly designed explorer with it’s ribbon, the ability to start VHD’s and ISO’s with a double click or the addition of Hyper-V to the desktop machine. There are so many more in this excellent forward moving release.

Of course there are a few not quite so good things:

IE10

Very buggy at the moment but I’m sure will be good by release

Metro Apps

Like the curates egg – good in parts – most in preview stage. The good are very good the worst don’t run!

Media Centre

Microsoft have removed it and are making it a paid add on along with DVD playing.

In summary this is a major step forward in some areas and a well honed update in others. I like it!


Filed under: Windows 8
Written by Solidsoft at 16:34

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