Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:58
So after having used it for a while on a desktop with modern UI, I have to say I dig it...
I don't find it illogical at all, and I don't find having to tap the start button or bringing up the charms sidebar a pain to flick back to modern. I love the search on the start screen, love the contextual search too! I can only wish that WP8 has the same search functionality!! The contextual search on the start screen works well with the mouse, and personally I like that I get categorised search relevant to what I want, be it apps/email/store or whatever. Most developers have updated their apps to cater for the scroll wheel, or two finger scroll on the folio, which makes it easy to pan through the pages. Snapping apps to the sides is neat, especially Xbox music, bing, Wikipedia app and a few others. I'm writing this in modern IE in main view and Xbox music is snapped to the left. would be nice if you could have two widths, one slim and the other what we have now.
The flick back to desktop mode is not as jarring as it seems, you're thrown to desktop mode so you have backwards compatibility... It doesn't feel like a broken experience at all, the start button has simply been replaced, but you've been given a complete window into everything on the pc with the added bonus of having the live tiles. Info at a glance is pretty cool...
I've upgraded both of my PC's and my Folio-13, on which the track pad works remarkably well.
Gaming Rig: This thing flies! Everything is buttery smooth!!!
Intel 510 120GB SSD
Media Centre: if you're a WMC user, windows 8 was made for it!
Samsung 830 64GB SSD
Connected to a Samsung 51" 1080p plasma via a Samsung surround unit and HDMI
BT-130 Keyboard - tiny thing!
Windows 8, and with the added WMC, is a media consumers treat! Having MC there gives you an almost identical UI to modern to access your content and record/watch live TV. But the modern UI plus the apps give you unified UI and access to catch-up apps and Netflix/hulu for streaming media too. That almost unified interface is not at all difficult to browse through on that tiny keyboard, it simply works!
Initially I didn't like Xbox music, but have learnt to use search a lot more to find my content. Searching makes it a little easier, but I wish they'd have made it function more like the Zune client than how it is currently. I don't see any reason why the UI in Zune client can't be translated to modern... it could even be refined in modern!
Overall I find myself using the mouse less and less and I'm moving back to the keyboard more and more. I need to print out the list of shortcut keys!
I'll admit, it may take a while to get used to, but I've been using it in it's evolutionary stages and now in final release and I like it a lot. I would like to get a Surface for a touch device, but I rarely take my ultrabook out of the house and do more on the phone, so I can't justify it. I'm upgrading the Lumia 800 for a 920 instead.
That's my two cents...