I think Microsoft is going in the RIGHT direction with Windows 8

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I think it would be cool to have a thoughtful, objective discussion about the things you like about Windows 8 from what you know so far.

I need the comments to be substantive and thoughtful. Think about what you like and what you’re excited about and simply say why.

Pretend that the folks at Microsoft are reading this (which they probably will), what would you like them to know that they have done right?

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  • guest

    When I first tried the Windows 8 consumer preview, I was not happy at all. I couldn’t find anything and there was no start button. But as I began to use it more and more I found it to be quite easy to maneuver. The biggest problem is if you are already used to traditional Windows OS. This will work excellent on tablets, and I might even get one once Windows 8 is out. The way it utilizes the internet is wonderful. I can see if there are any new messages in my inbox before I even log on. This works great with my Xbox Live account as well. The only problem I have at the moment is in order to Shut Down, I have to log off first.

    • Tom R.

      Just a quick thought about logging off to shutdown… Actually from the desktop, you can place the mouse on the top or bottom right corner of the screen an when the “charms” bar shows, select the icon for settings. Then when the dark right bar appears in the middle there is a “power” icon and when you click on it shows the three options: Shutdown, Restart and Sleep… To make it even faster, you can create shortcuts for both Shutdown and Restart and then pin then to either the task bar or the start screen or both and voila… Ultrafast Shutdown and Restart… Cheers…

  • Peterdcollins

    Forget it.  Windows 7 working with my iPad 2 and iPhone 4S is enough.  Not going to change to some big blocks taking up my various screens. 

    Have not seen such a bad idea since Windows Me.  I bought Windows Me.

  • Antoniobaron

    I really adore windows 7 And if you Ask me i know windows 8 would be twice bette even i would trust more in windows SO than any other because they have suffer along the years all the attacks And have invest lots in their security. The only bad And really bad thing is that windows is a very expensive SO with probably the price of that SO i could buy an android table And not need of using windows anymore. I as many people has accostum theirselves to linux kernells And machintoch. In some way your strategy should be very economic. Also if i were windows presidente i would really change that strategy. Anyway i wish microsoft good luck

  • Carpenter__RichardCarpenter

    I really liked the Windows 8 DP and am enjoying the CP. So far Windows 8 has preformed really well to what I have thrown at it. 

    I wish it was more friendly towards the desktop, touch is great, just not on my plain lcd monitor 🙂 When it is fully released I may spring for a touch screen monitor, so this really ins’t a negative for me. 

    The only real issue I have is the shut down procedure. Being used to older Windows this is really a pain for me. Of course, if it is not changed, I will get used to it eventually 🙂 The positives out weigh negatives. 

    Touch is the future 🙂 Microsoft knows this and is going in the right direction

    • Tom R.

      Just a quick thought about  the shutdown procedure… From the desktop, you can place the mouse on the top or bottom right corner of the screen an when the “charms” bar shows, select the icon for settings. Then when the dark right bar appears in the middle there is an “on/off” icon and when you click on it shows the three options: Shutdown, Restart and Sleep… To make it even faster, you can create shortcuts for both Shutdown and Restart and then pin then to either the task bar or the start screen or both and voila… Ultrafast Shutdown and Restart… Cheers…

      • Carpenter__RichardCarpenter

        I tried this for a few days, I still can’t get out of the pattern of going to start to shutdown. I have been using CMD most of the time lately and just shutdown that way.

  • Daniel Lauzon8

    They’re in goog direction for tablet usage.

  • Scorpian562004

    As an owner with an “old ME” and my desktop running Vista, my Netbook running Windows 7, plus my IPAD (w/Apps), I will hold out on anything really positive about the new Windows 8 for these reasons:
    After figuring out how to get the most out of Vista, then having my netbook with windows 7, I do have my favorites: Vista.
     I do not want to take a year to go to numerous websites, MS Support just to try to figure out how to use this new platform.
     Microsoft is notorious for NOT having FREE Tutorials for older people to learn how to navigate their product.
     Windows 8 most likely will be best used if it was on tablets so people could learn how it works and how to navigate through its features.
     I, for one, will not get it right away until I actually see others using it, and reading the many comments that will be posted at Tech websites.
    I think windows 8 could become a very good, but microsoft must realize that it must be very user friendly or they will lose customers in droves going to other platforms that are user friendly.
    I hope it will be good, but I stand in the shadows awaiting to see what happens.

  • Steve Andrewes

    For me it’s just a nice evolution from Windows 7.  Copying and Moving files nicer, and love the File History feature. 

  • dnationsr

    Well I have used WDP and WCP and both work great. I’m not really fond of the metro start page and have absolutely no use for apps. So I went back To the WDP because I can disable the metro start page and have a regular desktop that has all the great new features of the UI ribbon and file managing thingys that I love. If could get a win 8 with just the desktop I would be tickled to death. I would really like to see the UI ribon and file managing stuff on windows 7..that would be a kick butt OS.

  • Doug Lawson

    I like the live tiles on the Start screen, though they are ugly 😉 Surprisingly enough, my ancient hardware (dual P4-based Xeons) and other 7 year old hardware all works.

  • Bunchy2

    start up and shutdown faster than windows 7.
    internet access is also faster.
    enough for me

  • AudibleWritter

    With Windows 8, My universe in UNIFIED. I don’t have to hop planets….More so it is fast booting and great display capabilities. Live tiles are great real time information, that also works flawless on WP7 too.

  • Fouan17

    I like the Speed and The Layout  of Utilities and Tools. Only Downside is The Metro Screen should be Optional for a Desktop Computer. I still think Microsoft has Made and Excellent  OS worth Buying.

  • TasDevil

    Have use both versions – dev prev and consumer prev- liked both. look forward to final version – though hope within my price range. It would be nice if they produced the three installation version as they did for Win 7 – the Family Pack 3 X as I have several computers and want to have win 8 on all of them. It has ben easy to make the transition to the touchscreen as I have one – the Metro is great while on my non-touch screen I am happy with using the mouse and the keyboard. I have also tried it with Drag Naturally Speaking and have been able to control win 8 by voice command.

  • Rpm

    I have used both previews thus far both x64 bit and while when loaded it is faster than win7 it is alot slower to boot on the same machine so I do hope that is fixed for the next preview

  • Ed Shertz

    I really like the short boot up time and the very fast shutdown. And the fact that shutdown rarely prompts me on programs still running. I wish there were one bottom in the bottom right taskbar that shuts off the computer…no questions. As an early adopter of all the versions of windows since version three I am liking the direction its going although I wish there were a setting to boot directly to the desktop instead of metro. I do 90% of my work at the desktop. I wish the metro appearance was higher res and 3 dimensional. Right now it looks like old days VGA

  • Rocker761

    I  Think Windowsw 8 is a BIG Jump forward for microsoft, its speedier,cleaner and a bit prettier than 7,cant wait to test the Beta Version

    • 123321

       you can already download and try the beta version of win8, it’s just called consumer preview 😉

  • http://meercat9.com/ Billy Moffat

    The more incremental features are all great. Fast desktop boot, windows explorer ribbon, windows explorer file operation box refreshes, storage spaces etc. It shows that Microsoft is still serious about the desktop side of the OS, which is comforting.

    As for metro, it’s a necessary change. Consumers have shown that if they refuse to change, they’ll stay on an OS for 12 years and have it pried from their cold, dead hands. Microsoft is making bold changes and revolutions in Windows 8 and I think keeping the start button/menu would have been silly. The reasons for removing it are clear and make sense. Sure a lot of people will be cranky about having to get used to using the far superior start screen – but hey, that’s life.

    I never use metro apps, because I don’ have a tablet and the current metro apps available are quite unstable (they’re only previews, no surprise) – but I still use Windows 8 on all of my computers because I love it. It’s faster, and the start screen is beautiful to look at. I unpin the metro apps and pin desktop apps that I use less frequently, websites I use often, contacts, and control panel settings.

    One thing I do hate, that I hear Microsoft is addressing – the default apps for opening pictures, music, video and PDF are metro apps. If I open something on the desktop, it should open in the default desktop app. If I open something in metro, it should open in the default metro app. Easy fixed though, I give Windows Photo Viewer all of its default, then Chrome, then Windows Media Player, then uninstall “Reader” altogether. It takes about 2 minutes and stops the problems from ever happening again.

    When it comes down to it, if you can get over the start menu being gone (which Microsoft showed that barely anybody even used it anyway – certainly very few used it significantly) and replaced with a better system and take a minute to set your desktop apps as the default (though I hear this is fixed for the RC), then Windows 8 operates just like an incrementally improved Windows 7. Just because the Win RT functionality is there doesn’t mean you’re being forced to use it.

  • prairie dog

    Boots quickly, my programs open very fast, I do not find that it uses any more resources than win 7.
    I have no problems with the tiles, but I would like a easier way to get back to the metro screen when I am in a program. I use a small program that installs the old Start button and makes it quick to restart or close down. I am running win 8 on my spare PC and  look forward to the final version. I am able to go from the metro desktop to my old style win 7 desktop, however I cannot actually boot right into it, I must first open a program.

  • Yerachmiel Altman

    The windows 8 program should really be windows 7++!!  This is the release we want and need for many reasons:    Quick Boot,    Quick Response Times   Hardware recognition (both upon setup and when adding in later) is fantastic   Internal fixes to the system much quicker and almost always work perfectly   Some peripherals (as always) will need something done to their drivers to work correctly   Once used to the metro interface can operate in either one easily: should have a way to force machine to use the ‘old’ system if I wish to (without need of outside registry hacks)   Think that Microsoft will have to mass produce some sort of touch interface to be added     to all of the expensive flat screens already in use.      Skydrive is fantastic: one of the basic beautiful things that really needs much MORE adversing.    Would love to have the ability to create new documents (Word, Excel, Paint, WordPad, etc) on the SkyDrive and have  a setting on all apps permitting the listing of skydrive documents easily (maybe even showing the lla 10 skydrive documents edited/updated)

  • Robert Kegel

    I think Microsoft is going in the right direction with Windows 8, I think its the only direction they could go.  They need to keep up the backwards compatibility like they have been to keep people hooked on Windows.  I like how they took the great Metro style from Windows Phone 7 and made it better.  I like how they’re doing multi-tasking, that you can make any tile a double or single tile and that you can not only arrange the tiles but you can also group them and name the group.

    I think the Charms are very useful and the built in search is like no other I’ve seen on an OS.  Windows 8 makes ios look like Windows 3.x.  I like that they’re making it easy to port Windows phone 7 apps into Windows 8, this should be a good start for a strong app store.  Its nice that Microsoft is giving a choice to either have Windows on ARM (Win RT) or Windows on x86.  If a person has an old laptop they can just buy a tablet and be able to run Windows Programs and Metro apps or if they just want a thin inexpensive tablet they can get a Win RT one.

    Windows 8 is definitely a bold move for Microsoft. Like I said I think this is the only direction they could go. If they would have gone straight Metro I don’t think there would be enough apps and Windows 8 would be in trouble. Also there are still people who are using programs that are 10+ years old. Microsoft needs to give desktop developers a chance to make Metro apps of their programs. Some of them are going to wait to see how people are going to react to Windows 8 and some will just jump in and make them. With Windows Desktop Microsoft is ahead in programs, while Android and ios have hundreds of thousands, Microsoft has much more, but in Metro apps they’ll probably be dwarfed by Google and apples apps. Hopefully by Windows 9 (maybe Windows 10) they’ll be on par or pass Google and apple and if they do (and depending on how well Windows Tablets sell and depending on how well people like using Metro with a mouse and keyboard on their desktops and laptops) I think Microsoft is hoping the desktop will go in the way of command prompt as a place you go only when you really need to.

    I’m not sure if Windows 8 will go in the way of ME and Vista, but if it does I think they’ll make up for it in Windows 9. Some people say that if Windows 8 if a flop that they don’t have a chance. I think they’re wrong. As long as there are hundreds of millions of people using Windows (weather it be Windows 8, 7, XP or 2000) I think they have a chance. Its not like all people who don’t like Windows 8 are going to Linux or mac. Other OS’ are still the tiny speck of dust compared to Windows so until that changes (and I don’t think it will for a very long time) Microsoft can keep trying. Usually they get it on the second try but hope they get it right the first time around this time.

  • Westcoast Bob

    Win 8 was a significantly different approach for regular Windows users.  One adapts faster if you have been using an icon-based smartphone.  Initially frustrated with the lack of a help feature from the start so a much steeper learning curve than I would have liked. Overall, it is the way to go for non-commercial users but would seem to pose a larger learning curve for corporate users. Cumbersome with a mouse so I will get a touch sensitive monitor when I replace my desktop computer next year or maybe get a Windows 8 tablet instead? Overall, Microsoft has to go this route.  I remember the conversion from DOS to Windows wasn’t that easy either.

  • Poetdarlington

    to be fair – although i can do with out it – i would use Windows 8 but only if it were FREE for me…not worth upgrading. I can do everything in Windows 7 in Windows 8 desktop but Windows 8 has the UP in that it’s faster, plus if I’m just doing something like browsing then it’s fine to stay METRO. Windows 8 is the biggest mistake of Windows however, and I can see them hurting BAAAAAD because of Windows 8 – so bad, that 10-20 years from now, I see Microsoft shutting down.

  • sergio

    fast and battery increase is sufficent for me. metro is little microsft centric for me, but not a drastic change.

  • Ilostelrooy

    I love the fact it look like my windows phone . With more metro apps , i think MS will beat iSO and Andriod .

  • Fernando

    in love with win8….
    great…..super fast
    love it…simple is that(just some minor problems, bugs!)

  • Indra Nawawi Daeng Parani

    Dear Onuora,

    The Windows Product changes the names from alphabetical words into numerical numbers; Windows XP, Windows Vista, then Windows 7 and Windows 8, maybe Windows? for the next generation of Windows series. The idea naming the product is no mistakes for it follows the increasing numeric rule.

    I’m fully satisfied as Microsoft release both Windows Developer Preview and Windows Consumer Preview which I alone have tested with a quick test on a Destops, the Amptron Main Board which shows a satisfactory result on the computer. The method of installing the Windows program had made an easier task for the user compare to the previous releases, and this Windows can be used either on Destops, Laptops, Tablets PC even on Windows phone, with some uses single or multiple booting. The new look for Multiple Booting “Choose An Operating System”, and the start screen delight the users which can moves sideways and at fast speed on the system and at the same time repair, monitor and control the system. A neat groups of applications are stored where it’s easy for the users to find and some important applications are hidden with the wise freedom given to unpin them when unneed. The Automatic repair system is presented to complete what was desired in case of trouble happening to the system on the Windows Software. I think there are more advantages brought to us on this version which is still hidden. The easy installation, process, control and repair system are an aid to the user for Microsoft has made the Windows Product better.

    Now Windows has made easier for us by introducing variations of Windows 8 Product which will soon be in the market at large.

    Thank you.

  • Neil McQueen

    Hi Onurora,
    Personally I’m a big fan of the direction that Microsoft are heading in with Windows 8. Having worked as a MS SharePoint IT Pro in education for the majority of my carear, I’ve seen many different versions of software but more importantly I’ve seen how a huge variation of people interact with them. The one thing that has always stood out is Visual interfaces are easier to use. The metro theme is in my opinion the best move forwards, it’s fluid and functional and anyone can pick it up and use it right out of the box (even my 2 year old). a move away from the old style start menus can really really work after all it has with other companies so why not Microsoft. It’s a bold move worthy of praise.

  • Jbouknight

    To have a comprehensive experience across the entire line of device form factors from the traditional PC/laptop with mouse and keyboard to touch oriented devices such as tablets and smartphones is a huge undertaking and a giant leap toward the future.
    I like the direction, the thought, the assessments, etc that went into the Metro styling aspects, that move toward addressing the shifts touch is going to bring. Who knows what will be instore for the future, including voice recognition in a big way, that may further evolve the UX.
    That said, I believe Windows 8 is a transition step, not a break to a new pardigm. As such, its seems to be very important to permit a user to select one of three modes with working in the environment, old, new, or straddle both, but make it a user decision, and keep the old as much like the old as possible. For  example, keep mouse and keyboard orientation, but may be start changing the old icons into the new Metro tiles, even to the extent of making them active.
    The old should be default on touch-less devices, with an option to use the new. The new should be the default on touch devices. Help the transition with incremental morphing steps, such as a file explore that operates in either “classic” or “new” style.
    It’s going to take a long transition period for old applications to morph/be replaced by new implementations, along side of new applications made possible by new capabilities. Allowing for both at the user’s pace goes a long way toward that much needed acceptance and adoption.
    Some applications will always need “fine control” (AutoCad, for example), and could benefit from pen touch capabilities. Others will be replaced (Email, for example) with voice and touch and camera, etc. Microsoft should concentrate on providing the most capable and flexible environment and platforms for this evolution to take place, and then just get out of the way, scooping up the best ideas and solutions and incorporate them into the experience as everyone moves forward.
    Take a page from the Visual Studio experience for developers … provide a flexible, extendable, highly capable platform, with LOTS of user ability to customize and enhance their UX and extend the platforms functionality. and watch the explosion of wildly successful results.

  • Clludcl

    good lay out .I found it easy to get around in but I work on systems all day for someone new to this I think it will give them a hard time. I hope they address the driver issu. better than 7. as far as memory and cup very easy on the both

  • Ronald Parkhurst

    Personally, I am awed by Windows 8!  I was a little bit confused the first couple of hours AFTER installing the consumer preview.  However, by the end of the week, I was navigating very comfortably with it.  I have learned one thing that helps….play with the mouse!  Right click, and left click in different areas!  Don’t be afraid to experiment, and see what happens or opens up for you.  That is HOW you learn basically what does what.  I have gotten VERY savvy with switching between the metro app screen, back to the desktop and so forth.  Really…Windows 8 is NOT hard once a person gets used to it

  • Rob Delany

    I’ve been running the customer preview since day one on my 5 year old production laptop. It’s stable and fast and it’s not even the RTM code yet. It’s excellent. It took me about a day to get used to no start menu but all I’ve done is load up my desktop with shortcuts and the taskbar with those apps I use all the time. I don’t even see the tile view unless I want to or I reboot (rare). So what all the pining about the new tile system is about I just don’t get. Yes it’s different. Yes it’s not for everyone. But nor was the XP start menu at first, or the Vista start menu (improved in 7). So for the sake of a short learning curve deal with it! 

    Yes Tiles are for touch primarily but I have zero issue using mouse and keyboard. If that’s the biggest moan about 8 then those people must be seriously stuck in their ways and unable to adapt. 

    The new explorer ribbon is great. The OS is so fast. Great new features and looking forward to the RC and finally the RTM. 

    It’s not perfect. No MS OS ever is. But it’s still bloody excellent. 

  • Hugo

    Hi there, is here my opinion about Windows 8.
    I don’t know if Microsoft going right or going wrong, but major change is going on, changes that are as important as changes brought by Win95 over Win31. Changes bothers people some more some less, but still bother people.

    I’m glad to see that finally we will have a Application store open to the world, as a .NET developer, I’ll try to take my place in there.

    Win8 seem to perform very well but still we have only see the beta version of it with is limited Apps Preview. But I like what I see.

    Keep going on!

    But start menu already miss me.

  • Paul Conolan

    Yes I love Win 8 , nice and fast , quick install and looks good as far as the repair /refresh options go. Dont know how the public will like the metro interface on the desktop PC though? Once you get used to the navigation differences and find where you want to go I think people wil love it. Needs a quick basics guide on how to close programs and use features for the novice. I have used a few customers as guinea pigs with the developer and consumer previews and found it not so easy for some people to pick up on the new changes. Overall I think they are on a winner!
    Regards Paul C

  • Alvin49tx

    After doing Windows 7 Beta and owning it since conception , I really feel Microsoft is trying to make gains in combining Tablet, Phone and PC all in one area . However what baffles me is why not use the same platform for both like Apple & Android that use their own browsers and seem to work really well together with Flash ,
    I think it’s time that Microsoft abondoned the multiple OS systems and concentrate on coverging the system to be more dynamic and sycnable with other systems .
    Windows 8 takes some time getting use to after all the years as the Windows platform we are use to,
    I would also like to see Microsoft split the system were they both can be viewed on the same desktop at the same time .

  • 123321

    I think
    that the idea of live tiles is the best thing ever for computing devices. Icons
    are old and boring. But live tiles bring former icons to life, they actualize
    themselve and give quick and short information to the consumer without the need
    to open an app. it’s simply fantastic.
    I’m really happy that they bring the live tiles on the PC. Shortly I’m a big
    fan of Metro.

    But I think there are still some confusing things on win8:

    1. What about a file system? When you are on Metro you need to go to your
    desktop to get into windows explorer. that sucks. Microsoft should create a
    file system for Metro (which cooperates with the existing windows explorer on
    the desktop).

    2. I’m a little bit worried about the funcionality you will have on metro style
    apps in comparison to desktop apps. I hope Microsoft is not going to go a step
    backwords with the functionality of apps. The ribbon interface they brought to
    many programs is simply great and brings a huge functionality, can be used by
    touchscreens and you can always find what you are looking for. Suggestion: Why
    not bringing the ribbon interface to Metro-apps?
    Just like a slogan ‘Ribbon goes Metro’ 😉 That would be very great.

    3. The Start button. A lot of people miss it. Me too. Please Microsoft bring it
    back. There is no need of a startmenu like the one we know from win7 or former
    windwos versions. but people know and love the start button, so please bring it
    back. For example just with a small menu including the options of turning off
    your pc and going into the system control settings.

    I would
    definitely say Microsoft is going in the right direction with win8. The idea of
    bringing one interface to all computing systems is very great. It is good that
    they did not forget the desktop for win8 because a lot of consumers know and
    love it. And we can use most the existing programs. I hope that metro will be a
    great success, so that we will get more and more metro apps and one time (maybe
    till windows 9) we will only have a metro interface.

    I’m also
    looking forward to new ultrabooks with win8 and hybrids with touchscreens and
    keyboard (just like a slider or a convertible). Or even tablets with projected
    keyboards or something. Windows 8 will work fantastic on such devices. But I’m
    also really satisfied how well windows 8 consumer preview works with mouse and
    keyboard. So yes, Microsoft,  go ahead
    and leave Apple and Google (with android) far behind you! Just think about a
    few points again – like those I wrote  😉

  • GM

    I think Windows 8 is far superior to Windows 7 just for the system startup. Environment I like the notion of Metro even on my laptop. By 8 against Windows and Linux should beable to choose for the menu but not integrate the Start menu by default. As done with theLinux gnome. I hope that Windows 8 will scan Windows XP is definitely obsolete.

  • Ray

    I installed Windows 8 consumer preview and dislike the metro part of the installation when installed on a desktop PC. Some of the apps did not work correctly (of course the apps are new and it is not a finished product).  Although Metro is great for a touch screen and tables, so once it is finished and released it will be great.  However,   I would prefer that the desktop be enabled and metro could be turned off for a desktop PC.  Other than not being able to turn Metro off, I would say it is a great OS and I plan to get it when release. I just hope Microsoft will put in a off switch for the metro on desktop.

  • Sujee

    loveit. would be ideal for touch screens

  • Ihab Koura

    for me .. win8 is the best ever made by microsoft ,, but
    i have a few comments:
    –   sometimes u have to go round & round to reach what u want
       like suting down, or restart, or even open an appl.
    – the new interface is good but, i need more choise in desktop and colors
    –  some appl. don’t work till now
    –  u put many appl. like weather or currency and games, and that’s it
    take it or leave it
    we need more choices in th OS.

  • Hedrek

    I love it.  I had a new pc with WIndows 7, then got a WP phone, which is awesome.  Put Consumer Preview on the laptop and will wait for a pc with windows 8 and office 15.  I’m a trial lawyer, soon to open my own office.  I’m looking forward to an ARM tablet with basic office apps, such as calendar and email, to take to court, with everything else tied together. I’ve switched to Bing which I love and look forward to owning an Xbox someday soon for home entertainment. 

  • dnr

    I have a EXOPC tablet running Windows 7.  Doing amu “touch” was “not touching”  and IE 8 was a complete failure.  I dual installed Windows 8 and I am ready to join the Windows 8 camp.  It boots fast and, on the other end, closes down fast.  I can get to the desktop with one click for “old style” applications I have installed. (For a real evaluation, I need Office 2015 or some version that adequately supports a touch interface.)  

    Right now I am using Kindle for Windows 8 and once I figured out how it works, I have been very happy with it.  So much faster than on Windows 7.  Although the speed is not iOS or Android, it is very fast.

    There is not doubt in my mind that Windows 8 can be a winner for Microsoft, (but so could have Windows Phone 7.5, but they have totally and completely dropped the ball [again] in letting the public know what that product is – why do that do that?).

  • Damianmcnasty

    I love the keyboard (and all the sizes and types) and that it is much more touch friendly than Windows 7.

  • Joe Mitchell

    I currently own a Flying Touch 2, Amazon Kindle Fire, and a Samsung 7 Inch Tablet.  Is there any way I can load Windows 8 on any one of those Tablets?  My Wife owns a Dell Inspiron Duo, which now has a copy of the Win 8 Preview on it, and she likes to overall experience with the Win 8 Tile system.  However, because the Duo has a raised bezel, she cannot go to the corners easily with her finger, to engage the corner commands, wthout a separate Sytlus.  I thought we could try one of my tablets to see if that issue goes away.

    On my Netbooks, two Asus 1015 10 Inch Units, I cannot access many of the store Apps, because apparently the resolution is not high enough to engage the Apps, (1024 x 600).  Would this be adjusted by launch time?  I am going to download your Beta coming up in June to see if this issue was addressed.

    As for the Tiles, I think I would probably use that interface even on my Notebooks, as my standard launch process.  The Tiles are clearly marked and quite logical as an App Start Point, and the corner “swipes” are quite easy to get accustomed to.  I am currently an avid Linux user, but would consider switching back to Windows 8, if I can load that system on my existing computers.  I will certainly be testing the June Beta with strong anticipation.

    I know that no one loves every intimate detail of Windows 8, but overall I think this Operating System will put Microsoft back into the “Fun Application Game” again.  I has been a long time coming.

    Thanks!

    Joe Mitchell
    jmitchj@comcast.net

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WJGC7242GFDP2QXANKF5WTMEA Rex

    There are things I love and things I hate about windows 8.  I am going to take your challenge seriously and separate the 2.  I actually love Metro (there are some changes I would like to see, but they are organizational not fundamental).  I have no problems with navigating it in general and I think it works well.  Please, MS, under no circumstances give into peoples demand to put back the start buttton and start menu. I like Metro way more. (I have before been called a shill for this, but I like what I like, what can I say.) I really think I will use a lot of metro apps and will complement windows phones and windows tablets.  I really see myself in an all windows ecosystem.  I now have an iPhone, which is really nice, but I hesitate to purchase apps.  If I know the app works whereever i am, the value of paying for it increases exponentially.  Also I really want frigerator-oven, and I know that Windows 8 will be the only place I will be able to get one.  Now it is time to go to the hate section and rail on what Microsoft really needs to change.

  • Azim Zahir

    Liked very much the tiled interface. Found certain issues particularly about .Net framework annoying. But may be its because of my lack of clear understanding & I hope that it will be resolved soon. Overall working with Windows 8 was a unique and pleasant experience

  • 093474

    After I lost Windows 7 due to a dying hard disk, I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on a new hard disk and gradually upgraded my way to 11.10. During this time, I heard of the Windows 8 Developer Preview and wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately, I only had 2GB RAM so I waited until I had the RAM increased to 4GB. By that time however, the Consumer Preview was approaching and so I eagerly waited until February 29, even wiping out the old Windows 7 installation and despite a shoddy connection then.
    Nevertheless, the experience was worth it – not only did my PC became snappier, but also I could natively open ISOs and the Microsoft account I made on Ubuntu 11.10 was put to good use as I didn’t need to open Chrome to access my mail. Meanwhile, the Ribbon interface makes Win8 consistent with Office 2010 and 15 , and Metro is a sign of things to come . Although there are a few compatibility issues such as Bejeweled 3 refusing to start, hopefully Microsoft can smoothen these wrinkles out in time for the Release Preview on June 7.
    As I brave being an early adopter of Windows 8, I am optimistic that it can overtake Ubuntu with the number of users. It is a timely change for those still on XP and it needs to be out fast – Should Microsoft miss the October 18th deadline, then 12.10 Quantal Quetzal would take the hype meant for Win8 on the news. Nothing is as bad as me still doing the distribution upgrade to 12.10 when Windows 8 is officially released. However, should Windows 8 make it, I bet Microsoft redeem themselves in the fight against their competitors with the onslaught of ultrabooks arriving in time for the holidays.

    Go Go Microsoft! We all know that you can do it in the OS wars of 2012!

  • R7 Zufferey

    Good because the new OS is (or feels) faster than Windows7, I also enjoy the little adjustements that have been made to the desktop i.e. task manager, wifi menu, ribbon.

  • Kokobill

    Windows 8 is great…but what about IE10…what can we do with it. You can`t play some of videos, you need Flash player…but you can`t install it, IE10 doesn`t allow its install…so I have to keep both of IE open….don`t know, what`s the idea about that..what does MS think to do …wait for pages written in HTML5, it`s fine with them, but what about us????

    • SIRKEEN75

      @Kobobill

      I think where MS is going with IE 10 is that it will of course be integrated into the new metro 8 experience. Exactly how IE 9 was magically conjured to us via a poof of “magical MS cloud dust” IE 10 will as well. Besides, you will get chance to fully experience IE 10 in it’s full array pretty soon. IMO, I think it’s way better than our small faced IE 9 that we are accustomed to at this current moment… it’s bigger and brighter!!!

  • Cvrtila Zeljko

    Hi …

    Windows 8 is in my left a great impression …
    The only thing that slightly bothers me is that there is a conventional start because he issomehow still
    in my opinion a better solution for me, and I think for most users ..
    Metro interface is something new and people accept it a little harder .. for example ..Control Panel .. you have to first c in windows explorer, that could reach the control panel..
    which is much simpler and more practical as it is on Windows 7th ….
    and since we know that a lot of people still using older systems windovs and have not yetwindovs 7 .. it is for them, a lot of new things for us kojew are quite simple, but precisely because it would be good to start now and it is desirable that at the beginning remain atdepholtu classic start bar, with the ability and metro sites of course of course .. whichsuits!
    and of course with time, when windovs 8 fully comes to life to be the way it is now
    conceived ..!

    Regards ..!

  • Dmoore2002

    I love windows 8 but 95 of old applications  don’t work with windows 8 because  they keep crashing or people don’t write the new code for windows 8.

  • http://www.slideshare.net/samirsshah Samir Shah

    Forget x86 desktops and notebooks. tablets, tablets, tablets. I can not emphasize that enough.

  • PH

    I have used Windows 8 Consumer Preview since it was released and I have been very impressed. It is fast and used less resources, which is why I prefer using Windows 8 to access the internet verses Windows 7 ( which is installed on my other PC ). For a pre-release it is very stable.

    The Metro features I love. Launching a Metro program is fast and easy. I love the fact that Microsoft made available the downloaded version Visual Studio11 Express to design Metro style apps. I also love the fact that Windows 8 can be used with a mouse and a touch screen.

  • techblogger

    I have two seperate hard drives. One I run Windows 7 and the other specifically for Win8. I can’t get away from Win8. It takes a few days to dismiss some of what you know of Windows 7 but when you do, the awesome begins. I don’t even miss the start orb anymore. You truly don’t need it. One thing for sure, I must have the tablet for this. Metro screams touch.

  • ObjectedMadness

    The good:
    – ALOT faster than Windows 7
    – Same requirements as Windows 7
    – Really easy to upgrade from an older version of Windows (Its alot more simple you just put – in the disk with your old Windows already booted and you can upgrade from there)
    – Metro design like Windows Phone works like a treat
    – IE10 Metro is the fastest EVER Internet Explorer i’ve ever seen in my life! Faster than every other browser! (Especially Chrome)
    – IE10 Desktop is really close to being the same speed as IE10 Metro
    – Microsoft Office starts up at least twice the speed as it did on Windows 7
    – Proper security (I tried downloading some viruses on purpose I knew about on Windows 8 so i could test it out and it detected them all and automaticclly removed them with the built-in virus protection)
    – Metro snap feature works well
    – The scrolling feature on a touchscreen works perfectly.

    The bad:
    – Metro can use up alot of RAM if you have over 10 Metro apps open. But for most people this isn’t a problem
    – Doesn’t work with all the driver so far. Although I’m not surpirzed becuase its still in beta session
    – The scrolling feature on Mouse isn’t that great.

  • luis

    i love w8

  • http://voleheart-skytex.blogspot.com/ Zeke

    I think Metro is beautiful and I am a 7th grader going into 8th. I first wanted a Arm pc since it would have a long battery life and low cost but I need the Windows 7 side of Windows 8 also. So I will compromise and go with Windows 8 regular hoping that the x64/x86 chips by intel and amd will be cheaper

  • Don Mckenzie

    Comments have been made about having 2 versions of Windows 8: one for desk/laptop users and one for tablet users, so there would be a reason for the desk/laptop users to upgrade to Win8 even if they didn’t like Metro. If MS did that with Win8 “Home?” and Win8 “Pro?”(or whatever they name them), that would be 4 versions. 
    Keep it simple!  Stay with the 2 versions, but have some options at the installation and/or the boot-up stages to set(semi permanently) the type of installation the user wants; Desk-top(start button/start menu and all) or Metro. That way everybody gets the their own best choices without having to navigate to Desktop, if that is their choice, every time they boot up. And they could change their mind any time, without having to buy or unlock the other choice. Everybody wins, including MS, as now all purchasers are covered when they upgrade and it gives desktop and laptop owners some positive reasons to upgrade without the negatives of being forced into a Metro boot-up. Maybe by Win9 time, Metro may be more established and touch screens may be main stream. Then the desktop users might be more receptive to Metro and MS could go more Metro gui. 
    Don  

  • Ramblinflebro

    I am dual booting Win 8 and Win 7. I think Win 7 is the greatest OS Microsoft has come up with, so far. I do really like Win 8, especially the really fast boot. There is somewhat of a learning curve, but this makes 8 so much fun. What’s all this ruckus about a start button some of these computer geeks are complaining about? I got past that in no time at all. I am glad Microsoft has made such a change. My only question, will I be able to have DVD playback with third party apps? I never used WMP anyway. If I have to pay extra to have DVD playback will really suck. That is really the only negative I see. I love Metro and everything about 8. But, I can never get rid of my laptop with 7.

  • Armand Robert

    I have been using windows 8 since the evaluation copy build 8250 came out and I am very satisfied with it, because I was using windows 7 and problems like not being able to put the computer to sleep and blue screens that would restart the computer OK, but was happening too often. It is possible it was because I was using registry cleaners that were too aggressive, meaning deleting too many files. I do not use these programs with windows 8 and have no more trouble as explained. I find windows 8 very stable. Keep up the good work!

  • Nananyan

    I also believe microsoft is trying be as innovative as possible as that hasn’t worked quite well for them. Concerning windows 8, what I don’t like is Microsoft trying to be innovative as well as not innovative. Wondering how that works right? Innovation is it, nothing else. It’s either you’re or don’t try just copy other people. I think I love windows 8 just for the mere fact that it changes the look and feel of Windows as we know it. And whether businesses believe they need it now or not, once Microsoft believes its innovation and can see its applicability in the future, near or far – they must push for it. Take an example from Apple. Whether users like the Metro UI or not, its not the point – they will! Check the history books. Also good is the unifying concept built into windows 8. Personally, on the Metro UI, what I hate is the close resemblance of certain portions to Windows 7 – that to me defeats the characteristic nature of innovation. I believe once Windows 7 is around, users are still going to stick with it for some time. With time, the early adopters of windows 8 will propagate what 8 can do and you will seeing early majorities. So Microsoft, if 8 is an innovation keep it that way, shouldn’t resemble 7 in anyway.