I work on networks and computers for a living, which is why I don’t blog about it much. I am testing Windows 8 Build 8400 on a laptop (I’ve beta tested MS OS’s since Windows 95) and on our domain my initial impressions are why Microsoft? Why? Why on Earth would you force the Metro interface on a non-touch PC enabled public? To make it worse, they force this interface on Windows Server as well. I would like Microsoft to explain why Metro is needed when 99.9999999% of the PC’s and laptops out there lack touch screens. Makes no sense to me, I understand the need to change but give customers an option to use the familiar UI. Windows has given the capability to use an older start menu and look since Windows XP. The vast majority have been very outspoken about how bad an idea it is to force Metro like they’re doing.
You can use the desktop screen which is just like Windows 7 minus the Start menu and hopefully there will be better ways to force Metro to be off. If they ever expect server adoption they better! Anyway, on to some of the good. Networking has finally been modernized and when you’re copying/moving a file to an external drive or network share you get better information plus you can actually pause it!
Windows 8 also provides better multi-processor support than previous versions including Windows 7. The new task manager is better, heck over all the performance of Windows 8 looks to be stellar! If only that Metro UI wasn’t forced down our throats. I know there will be hacks and companies like Star Dock will sell add-ons for the basic desktop but for Joe Average, the out of box experience is going to be a shocker and Metro is not what’s needed on Desktop computers.
Tablets? Sure, touch enabled laptops, why not, phones? Of course! Microsoft needs to re-think this or Windows 8 could go down in history with Vista, we’ll see. Since I have to manage servers I know for a fact I’ll be finding a way to get around Metro, as for my desktop I just create shortcuts on my task bar to everything I use and avoid Metro, so far so good but that’s not how it should be. I use Metro some so I can help users but I’m hoping Microsoft listens to the vast majority who are screaming for them to give us options, my guess is they won’t do it.
Time will tell if I’m right, I think October 26th of this year when the consumer gets it, we’ll find out real quick!