I installed Windows 8 last night, and so far I have mixed feelings about it. My impressions:
1. Installation was a breeze – once I got it to work. VMWare Player just would not work with the install. That’s not Microsoft’s fault so I am giving them a plus on ease of installation. After this things were decidedly more mixed.
2. Account management – Your Windows Live ID was strongly suggested as the default user account. There is probably a way to skip that but I didn’t really look. I am not thrilled with this idea. I know everyone is into device convergence now, but I want some separation or at least the option of maintaining that separation. Big minus here.
3. Ease of use – BLOWS. This is definitely cellphone / tablet centric. Everything from the start menu is on the desktop, and they mimic that touch pad flick with scroll-bars. I like the initial set of apps, but after that its kind of a cluttered mess. Beyond that, once you open an app the only way to close it is with the windows key, and I use close reservedly. What it really does is minimize and move off the screen like a cell phone. Actually closing a program required opening task manager and killing it. YUCK! On top of that every app was full screen, so no multitasking. YUCK! again.
4. Apps – I have to say that all of the Apps that I tried were very good but they were all very casual, if you get what I mean, lifestyle oriented not productivity oriented. Not useful for anyone trying to do serious work.
That’s all I have had time for so far. As is I see some potential for the teenage XBox live crowd, but not for serious users, definitely not for the business user. Despite that I like the look and feel. I don’t know how to explain it really but the graphic design team did it’s job well. It just feels inviting to the user. That is a huge plus, but it’s not enough.