What I like
- Skydrive integration, I use Skydrive a ton
- It’s faster, I used the preview and my computer booted up within seconds.
- Calendar and mail, I currently use the Windows Live Essentials Mail and Calendar apps on a daily basis so it will be helpful to get all of that unified together.
- More secure, that new Windows Defender program is built in as a replacement for Security Essentials. Hopefully now it will stop interrupting me whenever I try to install a new Steam game.
- No more aero, I hate Aero so much, it is ugly and just makes things look bad. 3rd party devs never seemed to use it correctly and I think one solid color is better.
- Cheaper everything, thank god Microsoft has finally decided to follow Apple in the example of not pricing your OS at $100+ and that an office suite should not cost that much too!
What I don’t like
- XBOX integration, I have an XBOX but I never even use it in the first place. I mostly just game on my PC and mod on it. I really don’t want Microsoft shoving XBOX into my face with their new music apps and whatnot. But I still don’t believe that Windows 8 is killing gaming.
- Full-screen apps on a 1680x1050 monitor, seriously, that is a gigantic waste of space. I don’t need to access my mail inbox and have it take up the full screen. Luckily you can have multiple apps on one screen but that seems like it’ll take a little getting used to. Of course, I also have two monitors so seems like 6 apps or so!!!
- Messenger stuff, who uses Messenger anymore? This is the 2012 people. What, is MSN also your homepage on IE7?
- Desktop-Metro “Disconjointedness”,I feel that Microsoft didn’t do a very good job integrating the two parts together. When I used the Consumer Preview or whatever it was called then at the beginning of the year, I spent very little time in Metro and just used it as a glorified search bar. At least it did that right!
Overall, I may get Windows 8 since I actually don’t hate where it’s going. I feel that they should have thought about the millions of ordinary desktop power-users like me who still want to have their good old desktop in front when they power on, but these social features seem nice.