I really wanted to like windows 8. When I first started using the OS, the new metro apps, etc, I saw a lot of potential, and I still do. The OS seems snappy at first, until you start doing some serious multi-tasking, and then it really seems to bog. My gut feel as to why this occurs, is that Microsoft, in an attempt to share some of the cpu load with the graphics card processor, has shoveled a bit too much of the load in that direction. It does not seem properly balanced. There should be no need for my gpu to be engaged all of the time as it seems it is, and I am worried my poor video card, a GTX 460, may suffer an early death because of it.
My 3rd day with the OS, just doing some fairly basic stuff, I started to smell something of a chemical nature coming from my machine. Yeah, it seemed like it was running hot, and the fans were extra loud all the time, but it was not until I started to smell heat compound coming from the machine, that I decided my experiment with this version of windows needed to be over. I also noted, while running a game, that if I backed out of it with Alt tab, and tried to go browse the web for something, that the rest of the machine was incredibly sluggish, even though the game should have been more or less idle. Just simply typing a few characters into my web browser took a few seconds for each letter. The game itself is not a very graphics intense game. I had the impression that the machine was trying to rely too much on the gpu for cpu function, which was causing it to be sluggish, which in the end made it far from worth whatever gain it my be providing to me otherwise. That was my impression, though I do not know for certain what is driving things behind the scenes.
Anyways, the rest of my beefs have all been made before. I just don't think this OS was designed for desktop users. Even after days of using it, it still feels clunky to me. I don't like the added steps I now have to take to get something that used to be simple accomplished. I liked the metro apps more or less until the mail and photos app quit working, probably because I have too many photos and emails.. I liked the way the people app interfaced with facebook. I thought I might even use it, until I discovered that it only showed about 20-30 updates, and there was no way to see more. I felt the same about the mail app at first, until I realized that simple things, like moving a handful of emails to a folder, or blocking a sender, were not easily done. It just feels like the os was designed for someone without a mouse and keyboard, which sort of produced the effect of pissing off those of us who are trying to use it with a mouse and keyboard. Now, when I click on any photo in my system, it tries to open it with photos metro app, and thus fails to open because the app crashed. I got around that by installing picasa, but it is the point. This does not feel ready for prime time.
-The start button just should be there, even if it has no other function than to take you to metro start menu. Period.
-The os should be for desktop users first, then tablet, not the other way around. I should be able to close an app with a single click, without the need for mouse gestures that only add to the sense that this OS was not designed for my desktop, but rather for a handheld.
-Native mail and photo apps should work, regardless of how big my mail box is or how large my photo collection.
-My graphics card should not be worked to the max for basic tasks..(even with latest driver).
-My start menu should be more customize-able. I should not be forced to use colors that make it look like it was designed by rainbow bright, or some other cartoon character. The icons on my start menu should be customizable as well (this is really just basic stuff, that I cannot believe is not included).
-I cannot see businesses embracing this OS as it is. Not at all. If you work at a desk, with a mouse and keyboard, and have done so for many years, you should not have to re-learn your working environment to accommodate the small fraction of users out there that are using a touch screen. The OS should be smart enough to know that there is no touch screen present, and adjust itself accordingly. I predict nearly 0% adoption amongst businesses. Except for those where touch is practical.
If the start menu were more my own, the apps did not always fail, if the OS felt like it was designed for my platform instead of another, and my gpu did not over-heat when running this os, I might feel different then I do. In the meantime, I'm out. I hope Microsoft knows what the heck they are doing...