Confessions of a Windows 8 junkie

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  1. Anders says:

    Windows XP, Vista and 7 all showed a trend of making a lot of basic, simple stuff less functional than the version before – for example the search function in Windows Explorer, which went from being well-designed and functional in Windows 2000 all the way to being literally almost useless in Windows 7. I would very much like for this trend to reverse itself. Can you assuage my worries?

    • greywulf says:

      The focus in Windows 8 is definitely simplicity of design. The good news is that doesn’t necessarily mean simplicity of function. For example Windows 8 search allows you to search from any app within any other application, and file searching is extremely fast and flexible. It’s definitely a huge step up from Windows 7 file searching.

  2. Dave Wild says:

    Using the early previews of Windows 8 is what persuaded me to have a look at Windows Phone – which I did and then got hold of one and I enjoy using that as much as Windows 8.
    I too use the keyboard extensively, and the Start Screen is lovely – it’s so easy to quickly get at everything.

    If you’re using a preview version, you might notice another jump in battery life with the final version which gets rid of the desktop window transparency. (I work for a Microsoft Partner and have been using the final version since August).

    I was talking to somebody at work today who was setting up a new touch screen laptop/tablet with Windows 8 and they said that it was “awesome” – which isn’t a word usually flung around when using work computers!

    All in all, I think it’s great and I can imagine that it’ll change and grow for the better too.

    • greywulf says:

      Agree entirely, Dave. I’m also a Microsoft Partner and have enjoyed seeing Windows 8 grow through the Developer and Consumer Previews to the RTM release. Each one has felt tighter and more stable than the last, and we are now at the point where RTM hasn’t let me down yet.

      I’m particularly looking forward to picking up a Windows Surface RT as my daily go anywhere sling in the dashboard machine.

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