Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:32
So, like everyone else this thing is kicking my ass and taking a while to get my head around.
But once you get used to it, its actually quite pleasant.
When I use it, I get the feeling that this is the future. This is how the past was meant to be, but in the past it was done wrong, and now its hard to change old habits.
And this thing will hopefully mean every PC from now on will be touch, and I hope MS makes it mandatory for new PCs to have a touch screen for Windows 8 Certification.
And the iPad is 'todays' way of dealing with a touch screen. Windows 8 is 'the proper' way of dealing with a touch screen.
My new favourite thing to do is to have the Vimeo app running on the sideview with music videos, whilst reading people bitch about Windows 8.
It is so easy that I have trouble imagining this was no possible previously (with aero snap, yes, but that was a 50/50 split, this is much better)
Things I have found;
- that tip for doing the rhythmic action to get to metro apps + charms is invaluable - cheers for that
- when you keep you mouse over the bottom right corner, the aero peek desktop still works
- something I do all the time is drag files from windows explorer to desktop... in Win7 you could do this by holding the files over the show desktop button, then after desktop peak, dropping it on the desktop; this is still possible (much to my relief) by holding the files on the bottom right corner and waiting for desktop peek
- not sure if this has been mentioned (or maybe so obvious that it doesn't need mentioning) but the ESCAPE button is your friend. if you hit the win key, ESC takes you back wherever you were
- if you are in the search view, ESC once closes the side panel, so ESC twice to get back to where you were
- the closest thing to the old "All Programs' menu in Windows 8 is to go to the charms button and NOT click the windows button, but instead click the Search button... this is the equivalent of the All Apps view.
- if you are in a full screen metro app, and you move it to the side, the main area gets left blank. If you click on it, it takes you to the start screen, so you can pick a new app (or, like me just go directly into desktop)