Re: Been playing with 8 this morning
@ Al Jones
Until you mentioned it, I forgot how good the installation process was. No problems with drivers.
One of the things that really amazed me was that I did an in-place upgrade from Windows 8 Consumer Preview to the Release Candidate when that came out - and *all the while it was installing the new OS files*, people were still talking to me on that machine on the Messenger app - all the networking and core application support was still running.
I was kind of amazed. It required a reboot and the end of course, so presumably Microsoft have used some sort of shadow copy approach to this.
Of course after it was released via MSDN I did a bare metal install.
Windows Update is a lot less intrusive too - I hardly even notice it now and it seems much quicker.
I haven't tried the built in 'Refresh Windows without losing data' or 'Factory settings reset' yet, but it looks promising that Microsoft are heading in that direction.
I still think that the desktop needs to be far more integrated. I used Start8 with the preview releases, and that made the new Start menu seem much easy to get to grips with. Now I don't use it, but I think Microsoft should look at these (Classic Shell, Start8) as examples, and build something in to a Service Pack that makes the desktop integration more seamless.
Also another slight downer is IE10's lack of compatibility with a lot of websites that don't have problems with Firefox or Chrome. I think that is probably the biggest disappointment - that after all this time, they still don't have the browser right. In the current market, that is unforgivable, and Microsoft really need to get the browser engine right, and quickly.