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Good: Very attractive and clean looking
Bad: The constantly moving advertising or news apps
Comment: Silly me! I chose to just buy the ruddy thing for £24.99 and I already wish I could get my money back and have Windows 7.
Perhaps there is a way to take whatever apps off screen you want, or at least stop them moving, but I havent found it yet!
Very complicated for me right now but as I am stuck with it I better get ruddy used to it.
Right now though...I am so sorry I purchased Windows 8!
Anyone out there know how?
Good: Very good support for Microsoft Accounts
Bad: Not so easy to fully close programs
Comment: You need to use shortcuts like alt + f4 to close apps fully instead of just hiding them. However apart from that this os is very good with a few rough edges
Good: Fast, integration with cloud across all devices, apps now on PCs
Bad: Takes a couple of days to get used to navigation with the new features
Comment: While the new features and look of windows is certainly long overdue, it does come with one caveat. It takes a few solid hours of use before navigation between desktop and the new interface becomes second nature. Apart from that I really don't have anything negative to say about it. Everything has worked perfectly since the installation just over a week ago, and now navigating across the interfaces is a breeze. I will qualify that statement though by saying that using an old trackpad without driver support for the new gestures does get a bit tedious. A normal mouse or a trackpad with drivers supporting the new gestures works fine though, and using microsofts touch mouse with its gesture support feels like the biggest step forward in navigation since the invention of the mouse itself.
The cloud integration occurs mostly behind the scenes and in completely seamless. I was pleasantly surprised to start using my laptop and find all my personal news topics in the news app already, my weather locations set up and all my system settings just as I'd left them on my desktop. I was also impressed to find that the music app could be set to automatically download any songs I download on my phone, tablet, laptop, etc so that when I come home my collection and playlists are up to date with any changes I made through the day.
Baked in features like xbox music and video are easy to use and provide services far better than iTunes. For a small monthly subscription you get unlimited streaming of songs. It completely changes the approach to listening to music when there is no cost involved for listening to an individual track.
While there aren't that many apps in the store yet, it is certainly growing quickly and I've had no trouble finding good games. Even old classics like solitaire and minesweeper have been revamped with new game modes, achievements and daily challenges that breathe a breath of fresh life into them. The integration of xbox live into windows 8 games is well done and adds a social element to games.
The other thing I have noticed is that this is the most stable a windows has been at launch. I have had no trouble with compatibility with any of the programs I used to run on windows 7.
The long and short of it is that if you live in the windows ecosystem including services like skydrive, outlook and have/plan to get other windows computers/tablets/phones, or if you like being on the cutting edge with the best speed and the newest features and apps, then this is a must-have upgrade for your PC. On the other hand if you don't like to change the way you interact with your devices or if you have found learning how to use a new OS annoying in the past, then windows 8 is not for you. Windows 7 is still a good OS and by the time MS stops supporting it you will be able to choose between windows 8, 9 and 10 to upgrade to.
Good: Starts quickly
Bad: Everything else
Comment: Horrid. Thought I'd upgrade from Vista as bugs were creeping into my Excel program (couldn't copy formulae). Big mistake. Email set-up totally screwed, so couldn't get any emails and all contacts lost. Finally somehow got on to Outlook, which now seems to be working after 72 hours of stress. This is how it is - you somehow find yourself somewhere, not knowing how you got there, how to get out, or how to get back. (There are hundreds of programs - sorry Apps Euch!- trying to sell me stuff, but you can't find the things that you really need. Where on earth did the Control Panel go? Where is the Network setup area?) Home network completely screwed up, and within 24 hours my 'old faithful' XP machine won't boot up. (Coincidence or what?). Unable to close down windows and programs (sorry - Apps Euch!) without sliding mouse all around edges of screen.
Don't buy it!
Good: Bringing the apps and and active 'modern' start screen to the desktop
Bad: back and forth between desktop and 'modern'
Comment: This has brought a breath of fresh air to my laptop. I like the 'modern interface but if I find normal that third party applications are run in 'desktop' mode it's rather weird that the OS is split between the 2, like the settings, task manager. It's not so bad on a laptop but it surely would be weird on a tablet.
It's like MS couldn't be bothered to do a complete job. How do they want people to buy in the new interface when they make you switch to the old even for OS tasks ? The half finished impression extends to the build in apps. Mail stopped syncing my gmail after an hour or so and the 'Store' seemed to be unable to install all the available updates in 1 go. It took it a few tries to manage that feat. And even afterwards, it took the tile a bit of time to reflect the achievement….
Navigating with an unsophisticated touchpad is ok but some apps don't respond like the rest of the 'Modern' interface to scrolling gestures that my touchpad supports.
In short, I like it but it's quickly underwhelming. I don't think it's 5 star but it might become it.
Comment: I really like the metro, but I don't like how Windows 8 uses desktop or metro for different things, it can get confusing. I think they should just make everything metro.
Good: Fast and appealing to look at
Bad: Tried to turn my PC into an Xbox with certain apps (which can be removed)
Comment: Quite difficult to adapt to compared to previous windows versions but is easy to use once you adjust.
Good: very good interface
Bad: at first a little different to what we are used to
Comment: I believe for the old school users such as myself the only issue is the initial shock of the big difference but once you give it a chance and use it you become used to it very fast and actually realize what a step forward it is. I guess the problem is most PC users are scared of change and want things to stay the same, but they will come around sooner or later. Overall superb, been using the beta and will purchase my new laptop with my Windows 8 :)
Bad: maybe considered a little confusing. Especially when trying to locate home button.
Comment: its good how the software stretches across all platforms.
Good: Pretty UI, no clutter, boots fast, logs in fast
Bad: Start screen is not completely customizeable
Comment: You Apple pigs still have pics from the Dev Preview, and its not a steep learning curve. I think you shoud redo this page.
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