techguy77, on 26 March 2012 - 19:01, said:
Windows 8's Consumer Preview didn't change that. The StartScreen replaced the Start menu - not the desktop. Unless I reboot, I don't see the StartScreen after going to the desktop the first time. Part of the problem is that if you integrate, the UI goes back to being desktop-centered rather than a universal (blended) UI - which *any* OS has to have to straddle multiple formfactors. (The issue with GNOME 3 and Unity is that they went more tablet/slate-centered than has even Windows 8 - and tablets and slates make up a smaller percentage of the non-Android Linux market than they do the Windows 7 (not 8) market.)
While I run the Consumer Preview as sole OS, I run pretty much entirely traditional applications. (The mere fact that I can do so on a beta version of Windows is unheard-of in my experience - even release candidates of Windows have issues in the backward-compatibility area - with applications, drivers, or both. The Consumer Preview, in my experience, has NO such issues.)
I've also pushed the Consumer Preview to the point where 7+SP1 would have thrown up. More applications at a time. More browser tabs - including multiple browser tabs in multiple browsers at once. If anything, I've been harder - much harder - on the Consumer Preview than I have been on Windows 7 since it went RTM - let alone since SP1 went RTW. Will it get harder yet? Pretty much a certainty, as i5-2500K is next up hardware-wise, along with at least a doubling of RAM (8 GB) if not a quadrupling (16 GB) - that also brings Hyper-V into the mix (along with extant VM solutions VirtualBox and VMware 8).