ChrisJ1968, on 08 November 2012 - 21:35, said:
I am older now, maybe not necessarily wiser but, I like moving my mouse to the upper left corner and going to the Bing search, the one that takes up the entire screen but I love how it lays out all the news right there in front of me by search topic. I'm still finding new things out about this OS but it's working for me.
I'm set in my ways but it seems to me that this os is quite intuitive and the two interfaces ( Modern UI and Desktop) are nice. I did however buy and install Stardocks Start8 app that puts a start menu on my desktop. Still works for me over all but Windows 8 or this windows in particular is setup just as I like it.
Unlike a lot of folks, I never found the lack of Start menu a deal-breaker, largely for the simple reason that I had begun migrating away from relying on it with Windows 7.
What helps is that basically, other than that (and the presence of the StartScreen), Windows 8 *is* Windows 7 + tweaks and improvements - said tweaks and improvements are, in fact, nice to monstrous.
Nice - QuickTask power user's menu, the addition of the ribbon to File Explorer (along with separate Command and PowerShell prompts, each with elevation options).
Huge - Task Manager improvements (and a finer-grained Process Manager for us x64 process inspectors, programmers/developers, and debuggers/bug hunters) along with disc-image mounting as part of the OS core.
Monstrous - Windows Defender (due to full commonality between WD, MSE, and Forefront, third-party AV is moot) and Disk Optimizer (the Diskeeper killer; includes features that even Diskeeper 12 lacks, and it's part of the OS).
The only third-party utility I am using is Decor8 from Stardock. (Still waiting for a version of Fences for the StartScreen.)