My overall impressions of Windows 8 remain similar to my original post.
On the positive side:
- I like the Metro UI and think it will be very effective on the Surface.
- There appear to significant performance improvements (thank God!) over previous versions of windows.
- The app store feature is intended make the platform "idiot proof."
- Task Manager functionality has been significantly improved.
- Ability to pause and resume file transfers.
- Search feature is very powerful and fast.
- Media Center does a nice job of recording and playback of signals off of the TV antennae.
- Improved boot times.
- Integration with web apps of Microsoft's choice.
- Feels like two desperate operating systems bolted together. It suffers from split personality syndrome.
- Moderate learning curve for users to become proficient with Windows 8.
- Windows close action is tedious from mouse users.
- Ads are annoying.
- Can't help but have the feeling data is being collection about my browsing habits, and my app usage.
- It is easy for the unsophisticated user to get lost admin the confusion of different screens and styles.
- Power users may be less empowered by Windows 8 than previous versions.
- Can't display more than one Metro app and a screen at a time.
- I find horizontal scrolling in general very annoying. Metro institutionalizes horizontal scrolling.
- Emphasis of Metro appears to more on cosmetics than delivery of information.
- Unveiling the password log in screen is an unnecessary step.
- No obvious reason to upgrade from Windows 7..... Vista on the other hand still sucks, and is worth the upgrade.
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