wellofsouls, on 04 October 2012 - 09:12, said:
Used Win8 for a month or so, like it in general, but most of the time I find myself still using the desktop. I like the idea and design of the Metro apps, however they seem to be annoyingly slow and user-unfriendly. For example, the Mail app can take more than half a minute to launch, while the Office 2010 Outlook takes less than half the time. Also you cannot switch out of the app while waiting for it to start. For desktop apps, if the startup time of a certain app is slow, you can just launch a browser or media player or whatever during the wait. For Metro apps, if you switch out during the startup to browser the web or something, when you switch back, it will still be at the startup screen. So you need to keep staring at the whirling circles when waiting for the Metro app's slow startup. This kind of things make the Metro apps really annoying to use IMHO.
Read through the posts and thought I'd give my rtm version a test and see how quickly apps start up. Using win 7 on my main desktop but win8 on my laptop (Athlon II dual core, 2.1GHz, 4Gb Ram, 64-bit, so not great), the mail app took 2 seconds, no exageration, shut it down and launched it again, as soon as I launched it quickly went back to start and launched another app (music) which took between 2 and 3 seconds. Switched back to mail and it had fully launched so multi-tasking does occur. So not sure what's occuring with your software.
Overall I'm liking Win8, need to get used to it more and all the different/new features but that doesn't mean it should be rated badly for being different compared to win7.
There are few things that could do with improving, like a seperate volume control for music.
Trying to connect to Flickr from the photos app seems to be a mess, it attempts to fit the web page into the small space on screen and it just doesn't look very good.
Someone else mentioned about mail app not highlighting new messages in other folders, luckily I don't have that issue, however with mail and new outlook email address, from the web browser version of Outlook you can change the "from" email address e.g I have one @msn.com and an @outlook.com both tied to the same account and you're able to select which one to send from, the mail app doesn't seem to allow that unfortunately.