Sir Ali, on 18 August 2012 - 00:44, said:
My thoughts exactly.
I don't mind Metro or having no Aero. The performance gain is always appreciated. I'll be definitely installing it.
Thank you - I've been telling folks that the performance increase (over 7) is decidedly noticeable, and I have far LESS powerful hardware than the OP.
Gaming (WinRT) - The single largest bright spot in WinRT as far as new items are concerned; the fact that Microsoft Accounts can be Gamertags (supported from the beginning - mine always was, for example) means that cross-platform play is not merely possible, but plausible. (Like you, I want to see *all* those XBLA games - not just Geometry Wars, but games like Bejeweled LIVE - make the cross-platform trip, as Pinball FX2 already has.) There's another opportunity for WinRT *app* developers, if they have a clue; take some of those same apps and rewrite them for the XBOX Marketplace and the Dashboard. That should help fix the upscaling issues with most WinRT apps; great in a tile, but absolutely blow full-screen. (The developers are thinking "tablet/slate/notebook" display - not desktop, let alone bigger.)
Gaming (Win32) - This is an area that upgrades from previous versions of Windows have the most issues, as changes in the underpinnings exacerbate already quite *tetchy* games that can seemingly break if you sneeze hard. The single issue I had in the Previews (DX11 support in Crysis 2) is gone in the RTM. Nary a single other gaming issue.
Applications (WinRT) - The reason Outlook and Mail look nothing alike is that Mail was finished before Outlook - if Mail took design queues from anything, it was Windows Live Mail (Win32). Also, Mail is not meant to be an Outlook alternative, or even competition for Outlook; Mail in Windows (like the old Inbox in Windows 9x) is a very basic e-mail applet until you can get hold of something more suitable. (Mail in OS X is the same thing - basic e-mail, and nothing more; the advantage Mail on OS X has is that it supports POP3.) The 1.0 WinRT apps remind me of the 1.0 apps in Win32 (which makes sense looked at that way).
Applications (Win32) - a good part of the angst among developers is based here; not only are applications competing against each other fiercer than ever, there are WinRT apps to compete against as well (even WinRT apps from a different developer team in *your* company) - example, Amazon as a Modern UI version of the Kindle e-reader. Still, existing Win32 applications run without a quibble (Office 2010 for example).