I decided to spend a few days with the Release Preview at home, prior to RTM being available. My initial impressions were favourable.. it feels fast, and in principle, I liked the idea of the new start screen rather than the start menu.
I have to say though after a bit of time just spent doing some normal things with it, it's become increasingly infuriating. And not just because I'm incapable of using a computer or adapting to a different way of doing things - but because I can't make the OS behave in a logical way. I dread to think how this is going to go down with older / more casual computer users.
Google Chrome. It now has a Metro application. If you select it as your default browser, it will insist on loading a Metro version of the app on the new start screen. Like IE, it runs full screen and runs in some kind of reduced mode so seems to be (for example) missing all my bookmarks that are present on the desktop version. This would be fine, and I'd just like the option to disable it and always make it use the desktop version of the application.. but no. There is no way.
OK I thought - so I'll go find the Chrome application and pin that to the start menu. That worked.. once.. and then when I go back to the start screen, Windows has removed it. No matter how many times I re-add it this way, it just immediately prunes it again. It *wants* me to use the Metro version whether I want to or not.
Now - I appreciate this is one application, and this is the behavior of that application more than the behavior of Windows specifically.. but if this is the way things going, I think my enthusiasm for Windows 8 is going to be very short lived