Windows 8 Installation

Well, I bit the bullet. I have officially adopted the Windows 8 Consumer preview as my temporary default operating system until Windows 8 ships on October 26. My initial impression is that it is a HUGE change, but a good one. I don’t have the best specs on the market (2.3ghz i5 processor, 6gb RAM, general Intel HD Graphics) but this is probably the fastest operating system I’ve ever used. There are useless animations built into the operating system, but even with those, switching and launching applications is incredibly fast. I am incredibly impressed with the work that Microsoft has done. There is just one problem: it will only appeal to one audience–People 40 and younger.

Though I now find the operating system easy to use, it took me a few minutes to figure out a few of its quirks. Microsoft clearly had the younger generation in mind. What takes us 5 minutes to figure out, takes the middle-aged to elderly hours to figure out. You have to know to move your curser to the bottom left corner and slide up to view all open applications because there is no indication on the screen to show you that. The only thing you see on your screen is the application you’re using. Microsoft has also gotten rid of the traditional three buttons in the top right corner to resize, minimize, and close a program. You must now know to go to the top of your screen, click, and swipe down. There is no way someone in their 50’s would figure that out without first reading a manual, especially if they are used to a previous version of Windows. There are a few other things I’ve noticed, but must explore more before reporting on them.

I am very happy about a few things they’ve done. They have finally gotten rid of Windows Media Player. That was probably the most outdated aspect of previous versions of Windows. They’ve now adopted “Music,” a new application which comes with the operating system that works very similarly to the Zune computer software, which I’ve always found to be very well designed and easy to use. I also absolutely adore the new Start screen. I have long been a fan of Windows Phone, and purchased one just as soon as I could (a couple months after they came out). I now have a seamless interface between my phone and my computer, and I love it.

It took me a bit of time to understand why Microsoft decided to include Metro and the traditional Aero interface on the same device, but I think I may have figured it out. Metro is designed to get you the information you want as quickly as possible. Aero, on the other hand, is when you need to get down to business. If you need more access to all of your files, you will go to Aero, and if you want to see what your friends are up to on Facebook, or just surf the web, Metro is the way to go. Theoretically, you can live your entire life on Metro using applications that allow you to access your files (Music, a yet-to-be-released version of Office, etc.) but for those of us who need more access to files, and we want to see them physically, Aero will play a huge role in our computing lives.

I am still just starting with this new operating system and I will post more as I discover more.

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~ by pcprefer on September 16, 2012.

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