So I have the Windows 8 Release Preview installed on both my Tablet and Laptop.

It’s been …. interesting.

I have a lot to say about it but I’m too tired this week so starting Monday, I’ll be writing a daily story about my experience with the product.

I will say that it’s not as different from the CP as I hoped it would be but I’ll play around with my tablet and hit this blog with a fresh mind next week.

I am curious to get your opinions though?

What do you think so far – do you like the Windows 8 Release Preview?

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. Finished downloading the ISO file.  Now, I am burning it to a USB drive…

    • From Developer Preview to Consumer Preview and finally to Release Preview. Well, all I can say, there nothing very exciting to this version of Windows. This version of Windows (if you want to call it Windows) is the worst release ever – not counting Bob.

      • Who really cares about bob?  I forgot about that so long ago, I had to google it.  If you live in the past at this level, it is no wonder you cant handle change.  Bob, conceptually seemed like a good idea, of course in practice it was impossible to pull off (a little forethought would have the developers realize this sooner).  Windows 8 on the other hand actually works well.  Unbelieveably efficient if you figure out how to optimize it for you and you to it.  Throw out all your preconceived ideas, try to figure out how to use it (really not that hard to learn).  And you will see, you can do everything you used to do just as fast if not faster.  In addition, there is a whole new world that hadn’t existed before.  Some of the apps don’t seem to work well without touch screens (Cut the rope for instance) but with the additional apps available with release preview, I am having a blast figuring them out.  This is for me one of the most exciting versions of Windows ever.

        The key is basically thowing out your expectations, they are likely wrong anyway.

        First, while Start Menu and Start screen may sound like alter egos, this could not be farther from the truth.  I would think the truth is more on the lines of the Start Screen being a GUI running on top of the PC equivalent of server core (this is why metro makes sense on Windows Server as well, why do we really need a desktop on server?), and the Desktop is the original GUI wrapped up into an app running on Metro.  The truth to this is that you can actually close the desktop just like any other metro app, but Metro can never be closed.  I think MS needs to do a better job of communicating this fact.  But this is why they don’t want the start menu back.  Allowing it makes as much sense as manual window handles on power windows.

        Second, while Apple may talk about how Tablets and Computers have to be separate, MS seems to have learned to put them side by side on the same machine.  That in no ways means they completely mix.  Learn to organize metro so that when you are on the destop, you can maximize your time there so you don’t need to go dipping into metro all the time.  Pin and Unpin item from the task bar and start screen.  I wish they let Metro be three layers instead of 2 for better organization, but I guess they haven’t learned to expand and contract sections.  One thing I did was unpin the Metro IE 10 from the start screen and pin the desktop version there.  I personally find it disconcerting to have 2 versions for a laptop (this is my wifes only complaint about Windows 8 and I don’t disagree with her).  If I get a convertible machine, I may have to rethink that, but it works good for us now.

  2. Lot’s to see in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview…

    …nothing to see in this article.

  3. I’ve install it yesterday night. Installing experience is a bit better.
    Many new cool apps. Seem to be still “Fast and fuild” on 2 gig ram, dual core.
    But still Mail Metro Apps won’t let configure POP account, only Hotmail, Google, Exchange account. Look like a much more final product then previous release.

    Love it!

  4. I’m testing it on my Asus T101MT convertible netbook. With the new hybrid boot, it stands up in 17 seconds, this is really impressive. But because of my 1024*600 screen resolution, I can’t start metro apps… I’m very sad about it. The lightweight metro apps could be ideal for the low power Atom netbooks (especially for convertible’s, with touch…), but because of that 168 rows of pixels, we can’t enjoy them. 🙁  It would be acceptable, if it was not a must to go to the metro start screen for every program start, but this way, somehow the whole UI is meaningless… In other words: I can’t enjoy the improved internal parts of the new Windows, because of the uncomfortable UI. MS needs to revise their restrictions before release.

  5. No screen shot like in ipad which i need VERY MUCH. Try to create some shortcut buttons like in the ipad so that I could screen shot websites, games, documents and take the screen shots from the defauld photo library…. While being in metro

  6. Moreover p, you could Add something like 5 or 6 favourable icon apps At the bottom of the metro so that the space below it is used like in ipad.

  7. i wish you could truly sync apps and things. Anuro what tablet do you have is it the Samsung Series that they gave out at Build. 

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