Several reviewers have grabbed the new Consumer Preview for Windows 8, loaded it up, and took a look. Here’s the gist of it so far!
- Most reviewers tout the Metro style Interface as slick
- Most Reviewers like the improved touch interface and gestures
- Mouse scrolling resembles swiping
- Easier app switching
- Large touch keyboard with predictive text & spelling
- Slick new versions of mail, messaging photos, calendar contacts and social network, plus a SkyDrive to be coming soon.
- IE 10
- Support for ARM processors to make Win 8 available on mobile phones and tablets
The Not So Good, Yet:
- It’s still early. There will be hiccups and fixes.
- As with all new iterations of Windows, once it’s released, backwards compatibility with some applications will suffer.
- Traditional desktop/laptop users, have to go through a few hoops to get a mouse-driven desktop tile, which, by the way, strongly resembles your current Win7.
- It’s actually two UI’s. Metro which is touch driven, and a Win7 Clone for mouse users.
- Not much good to say about the Metro Mouse Driven UI.
- Business Insider: While touting the Windows Metro View for touch applications, this reviewer said, “Microsoft’s solution for Windows 8 on non-touch screen devices is to hide the traditional Windows layout behind the metro view. It looks nearly identical to what you see on Windows 7 today.”
- Beta News: “Personally, I think the Windows Re-imagined concept goes a little too far. Now Windows 8 and Metro are not a lost cause by any means and they do offer some exciting new features. What Windows 8 needs is to go back to its roots and to become Windows again. This does not mean getting rid of Metro. It means blending Metro and the desktop metaphors better. I really think Microsoft could have a real success on their hands with Windows 8, if they just simply rethink why people use Windows in the first place and what they do with it.” http://betanews.com/2012/03/14/windows-8-metro-found-wanting/
- TechRadar: “Clearly more work to do on Windows 8, and the Windows Live Apps. Until windows tablets come onboard, it remains to be seen how Win 8 can compete with the iPad.”
Here’s the link to a one minute Microsoft video Preview, but note it’s a promotional piece. Other links found there go into a little more detail: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview