- What do you like about Windows 8?
- Overall refinement - looking at just the Desktop, it seems like a near-perfect evolution to Windows 7
- Performance (impact over Windows 7 is greater than Windows 7 was over Vista SP1) and resource usage (much more efficient on RAM usage, greater battery life, etc)
- Visual Enhancements to Desktop
- Multi-monitor on Desktop
- Storage Spaces and File History, new Task Manager,
- New Start Screen, Search, all great for use with Desktop
- New keyboard shortcuts
- Over and above all of that, an awesome new WinRT environment. I could write an entire post on that.
- How did you find the transition between W7 and W8?
The first taste was sour. Like fine wine, though, Metro grows on you. Unlike fine wine, it grows rather quickly. Within 2-3 days, I was comfortable, and within a month I actively preferred Metro to Desktop.
Compatibility with Windows 7 apps is really solid, and whatever is not should be fixed by GA.
- What specialist area are you(if any) using W8/ will use it for ie web design, software development etc. And how is that going?
- Film post-production. Multi-monitor enhancements. Not too much of a difference as I was using Ultramon before, but having it built in is very useful, and seems like a faster and more implementation too.
- Performance is way up, really surprising.
- Metro Search makes finding files much easier.
- New keyboard shortcuts make a lot of things faster.
- As of now, all my software is on Desktop, but I see great potential for WinRT ports in the future.
- Have you found any useful tips/tricks for W8?
- Using a mouse, the charms / task switcher can be activated in a single broard sweeping motion, rather than going to the corner and then up/down.
- Try semantic zoom on every app. This is what makes Metro work, the ability to have an information dense view and a comfortable consumption one. Best of both worlds. As of now, few apps support it well, but when they do, it is very useful indeed.
- Trackpads work great with W8, provided it is supported. I use a Logitech one.
- Advice for people who like the look of W8 and have just started using it but are finding a few things difficult.
- Stick with it. It needs some getting used to. Even if you don't like Metro, the Desktop improvements alone make it more of an upgrade from Windows 7 than W7 was from Vista SP1. Use Metro simply as a Start Menu replacement.
I know this is a positive only thread, but I do have an issue with Windows 8. This is definitely Windows Next 1.0, and as such, it does not seem finished, for practical reasons of time-to-market. That only makes me more excited for the future though. I fully expect Windows 8 to have a very mixed reaction, with nearly everyone jumping on board by Windows 9.