I will enjoy testing this out in the coming days (after my RMA'd mobo gets processed). I ran the Win7 beta right to the end of that beta period, kicking the hell out those tires. When I bought 7, I knew exactly what I was getting and wasn't disappointed at all. I will do the same with 8 now. If it works, then awesome. If not, then I'll get rid of the beta and I'm not out anything but some time. Fun times.
I really expected Microsoft to completely ditch Aero in favor of Metro. They did not. There's this weird mixture of the two user interfaces. I don't really like it. Windows 8 seems too tablet-focused. I like Windows 8 about as much as I like Gnome 3, which is to say not at all. Vista didn't give me reasons to upgrade from XP. I don't see 8 giving me reasons to upgrade from 7.
Why are we determined to unlearn all the things we've previously learned about desktop user interfaces? I really really hate the two-faced UI determined to waste screen real estate as much as possible. I can go on and on about the specific properties of the UI design that get in the way of me being productive. I'm getting the impression it would be easier to sit down in Flash and create a stupid little program to show what Windows 8 should have been. I can't see them making any usability-focused changes between now and final release.
Try again, Microsoft. You had great ideas, but you didn't implement them the right way.
As far as I can see Windows 8 is no more or less productive than Windows 7. I can still launch the exact same applications as I did before and I've even added the shortcuts that were on the desktop to the Metro interface.
[citation][nom]monsta[/nom]I have mixed feelings with Windows 8 , its weird having the two interfaces, guess it might just take some time to get used to or do we have another Vista on our hands?[/citation]
The Metro UI can be disabled. This has always been the case even with the developer preview.
I was not able to do an Upgrade install. It required me to remove MSE and what I suspect was a driver for the touchscreen of my laptop. Couldn't do it and had to do a clean install instead.
Looks a little different from the Dev Preview. Haven't done anything with it yet.
Windows Server 8 is a complete epic failure. Why is Microsoft bringing seemingly reduced functionality to a server platform. No start button for the server? Retarded. Windows 8 is just as a bad. Don't give us a tablet OS for our PC's. Long live Windows 7.