Windows 8: First Impressions
I installed the Windows 8 Release Preview in a VM to try it out. I can see it being very frustrating for the average non-techy to jump in and get started - requiring a tutorial session.
A lot seems configured for touch-based interaction, however they do have keyboard alternatives (for the majority of tasks).
Straight away I started up the OS and was presented with the Lock screen, clicked and it disappeared (also found that escape works). I got to the Metro screen and began playing around. I managed to install the Wikipedia App tile. Opened the desktop, found that pressing the windows key returned me to the Start screen (Metro). Pressing again, sent me to the last focussed application. Windows key and Tab allows you to switch between open tiles. Alt and Tab allows switching between open windows (both desktop application or tile).
I like the window frame visual style, I didn’t like Windows 7’s visual style at all; although this is similar, I do prefer it - it feels much cleaner.
When hearing about Windows 8 and Metro I thought I was really going to dislike it, but it turns out I’m not really bothered by it. It just feels like an enhanced version of OSX’s Launchpad application.
Having said all this, I am at the moment preferring Ubuntu 12.04 to Windows 8. To me I rate OSs in the following order: Ubuntu 12.04, Mac OSX, Windows 8, Windows 7. I prefer my mac setup (settings, shortcuts, etc…) to a fresh Ubuntu install. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to setup an Ubuntu system and configure it to how I want to work with it - once I’ve done this maybe I will rank it above my current Mac OS.
[This room is so warm - it’s far too hot]