With Windows 8 hovering on the not-so-distant horizon, there’s been plenty of curiosity about Microsoft’s newest operating system. After previewing an early version of Windows 8, we’ve now had a chance to use Microsoft’s Consumer Preview and have a few initial impressions to share.
How does it stack up?
There’s more than one way to re-skin a cat
After getting used to the large, friendly buttons that are the new face of Windows, the logic behind this change makes a lot of sense. We tend to use the same handful of programs all the time, so why not make them big and easy to access?
Metro’s homepage is likewise just a Start button tap away, too, so it’s easy to flip back and forth between them.
Putting it to daily use
Once the novelty of having a humongous smartphone screen for a desktop wore off, Windows 8 did the absolute best thing I could have hoped for: it made me forget I was using it. Admittedly, the pre-release version still has a few holes, and not everything you currently use is necessarily going to be supported right away (especially in a business environment where special applications and custom code are the order of the day), but for home-office use, it’s an easy transition, especially if you do a lot of your work online. Internet Explorer 10 continues the improvements IE9 made over its predecessors, so even if you don’t immediately head out to download Firefox or Chrome, it’s still a much better browsing experience than what was standard fare as recently as Windows Vista.
This article originally published at Tecca here.via[mashable]