Maybe if there were large and obvious benefits to Win8 over Win7
Well, Cakewalk, who make an audio sequencer, did extensive tests and found its performance drastically improved over Win7, less kernel calls, improved disk I/O, lower memory requirements, among others. That's why I installed it, and am so far pleased with the result.
I've come to the conclusion that developers are a reactionary bunch who don't like change. I put in from of my mother, a "normal" user, and she was delighted. I suspect it will succeed.
... it's been designed by the same team they use at Fisher Price.
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I'm running W8 on a tablet and on a non-touch laptop I use at home. There was a bit at the start for both my wife (not very technical) and I had to learn new ways of doing things like shutting down apps, getting back to the start screen, switching between apps and getting to the address bar in IE. After that we both find it easy to use. She is mostly surfing the web, I'm both surfing the web and doing some development.
I have just played with Windows 8 a little, but from my perspective it is not very intuitive for people used to Windows 7. For instance, I had to search on the Internet how to restart the machine. However, once this initial learning effort is over, I think it becomes fairly easy to use.
In general, the experience reminds me of Office 2007 and the Ribbon - if you keep your mind open it will go from the initial to
You are probably right. Many people have a problem with change in general. On the other hand, not all change is really an improvement. But you gotta at least give it a chance instead of simply not accepting it.
for the response of "I have not used Windows 8 yet". It would be interesting to have that broken down to
1) I still use Windows 7.
2) I still use Windows Vista.
3) I still use Windows XP.
4) I still use Windows 2000.
5) I still use Windows NT.
6) I still use Windows Me.
7) I still use Windows 98.
8) I still use Windows 95.
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so this is your boss's wife I think that not all the companies have the possibility to swap os systems. I think that win 8 first needs to prove it's value before they are going to swap. for example we are still on XP and doing a Prove Of Concept(POC) on win 7 so we are still behind
It can feel strange on a PC. The start menu and apps are designed to take over the entire screen, this is counter intuitive to many of us more advanced users who will have lots of windows open at once. For example, I'd like to look into the apps more, but as they hang around taking up the screen while loading, I tend to dismiss them and then just google everything I need in new tabs. Will be different for everyone I guess.
It can feel strange on a PC. The start menu and apps are designed to take over the entire screen, this is counter intuitive to many of us more advanced users who will have lots of windows open at once.
Not only that but many advanced users have multiple monitors. I have yet to see (or hear about) how it handles this.
Computers have been intelligent for a long time now. It just so happens that the program writers are about as effective as a room full of monkeys trying to crank out a copy of Hamlet.
Yeah the multi-monitor thing makes it seem odd too - I'd like to actually be able to put the whole start menu on my left screen while working sometimes, but that's not do-able. However, it does not allow you to set the system up so that the taskbar is across all screens and icons are shown only the taskbar of the screen they're on, which is quite nice (just what ultramon does). I wouldn't be surprised if it gets quite a few tweaks over the next few weeks
I will not use till release officially because i don't believe for beta versions will be stable enough , so it's to fast so we can judge on this , you will not find all programs you need supported so you have to wait , but for what i saw on video's it looks great .
MSDN currently has the RTM build available; AFAIK a time limited copy of the RTM is available from MS elsewhere.
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I've installed it in a virtual machine and start playing with it.
It works, fast and well for most things I've tried.
It is a little bit strange on some topics (like shutting down the computer).
But probably it is too early to be able to pronounce correctly on that: in my case, I've installed only two or three applications (and I use a lot more than 2 or 3 on my daily basis) so I don't know how the start menu will handle them and if this will be easy or not to use.
Apart of that I find it easy to use and nice looking.
fortunately you can still press Win-R for run window, but Win-Tab no longer shows you 3D "stack" of your apps which you can cycle through with the mouse wheel. Instead Win-Tab is for launching some inbuilt metro apps like 'photos'..
yes.. the enhancements you mentioned are hugely welcome.
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