I don't understand the fuzz
I read so much about Win8, and there is tones of reviews and comments when it come to calling it a desktop unfriendly OS...so thanks to DreamSparc access at my university I have downloaded the OS and have been using it since Friday , and I LOVE IT!
I use it on my Laptop with no touch interface, a good - meanwhile old - Dell Latitude E6400. I wouldn't want to go back to anything else. It works fast smooth and the experience is great. In no way to i think that the OS is limited when it comes to using it with keyboard and mouse! Quite the contrary it was very intuitive and i had a fast learning curve. Now i might not be the oldest of all PC users, but being 30 I am not quite the Ipad Generation either, but i started my PC experience with an Amiga 500.
For me its clear, the new interface is a great substitution to the lame and out-date start button - PEOPLE GET OVER IT. When i use the desktop i am much more productive switching to the new start menu or the new find menu and starting my desired Program / App. The entire Charms bar and general corner storage doesn't intrude usual work flow! Thanks to great short cuts, i can access everything in no time, and multimonitor setup is just great! As i run my Laptop mostly in Doc-Stations i always have multimonitor setups and Win 8 is just beautiful on it!
I think people should embrace the change, and stop whining about it! Try it and you will see things arent the way everyone is trying to tell you they are! I think 90% of the people complaining either are totally lacking any understanding for evolution or are simply not capable of quickly learning simple new tasks ... conservative mind set. For once MS has gone a totally new way, introducing something truly new and it seems like people just dont understand it.
As to the Windows UI apps, they seem to be more leisure oriented. None of them claim to be highly productive! for productivity you have the desktop! and the nice thing is on dual monitor you can have them run side by side in full screen. I think its a great OS and i think MS has chosen the best way from all. I am very excited to get myself a win 8 pro tablet, a new laptop and a win (winphone 8) 8 based phone . I like the idea of an eco system, and i like the deep efficient esthetics MS has created with windows 8.
It is sad to see so many people incapable of appreciating the functionality. As to my profession, I am a researcher in Engineering sciences, so my work on the PC is heavily multitasking and i have always a crowded desktop, but win 8 has made accessing programs, and working more fun and fast. Further more, the fact that my E6400 does such a great job at running the OS is a great step forward for a company which always needed more powerhungry PCs for their next Gen OS.
A GREAT APPLAUSE for MS, i am very thankful for their new OS and i hope people will quickly learn to appreciate such technological beauty and the idea behind an Electronic/entertainment Ecosystem. Further to be able to think in two separate dimensions, the leisure based Tablet-Phone world and the Efficient and Creative Desktop world. And understand the great job that has been done for them to coexist!!!
People are willing to pay 700$ for an Ipad but they complain about getting an WinPro for 800$ makes no sense to me...
At this point i do want to point out that some modifications and updates would be very welcome:
- better VPN - still no good integration of IPsec protocol
- better link between desktop and Windows 8 apps (mail, share....)
Otherwise i love it and WIndows 8 Ecosystem is the way to go - Good job MS
P.S: i used to hate MS and was holding on to my Amiga for years. When i had to let go of Amiga I used Windows but never liked it ... first 95, then horrible ME then 2000, which was nice...but i never really liked it until Windows 8 - i was just a user until now, but now i actually feel like this is what i was waiting for to like and enjoy using since my Amiga OS was buried.