Windows 8 isn't real difficult to use with a mouse, you just use the mouse in a different fashion than you did before. It just takes using the corners.
Jimbo, You'r the man with your screenshot you almost converted me to w8!And you klnow why? Because that's not what Microsoft intended you to do. What Microsoft wants is that one billion consumers start using the services that will come preinstalled on the Start screen. Also Microsoft wants everybody to use Metro apps from now on because it's their maoistic computer-cultural revolution. They don't expect you to use Foxit, Notepad and Irfan View in 5 years. So yes you managed to arrange your Start Screen but that's not what they hoped that you would do with it. + I'v read that stuffs can be added to your Start Screen as time goes, everytime you install a new software but also when the new sftware installs an update. I won't be surprised that Windows update reinstalls all the craps you didn't want.Originally Posted by jimbo45No, indeed. Yet I'm still saying that the original idea of the Metro Start Screen is flawed in its concept. I don't like the fact that the screen is totaly coverered by the Start, unlike the Start Menu which opens only one or two or three collumns without concealing what you are doing. An app launcher which always covers the full screen is not my preference. I also don't understand why the icons must be so large that they must be called "tiles"? AFAIK I'm not yet senile to the point I need a huge tile to point my mouse to. Maybe there is a way to make the tiles icon-sized? But then why not using the desktop instead? And that still wouldn't solve the full screen issue. But anyway, thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advices!Originally Posted by Jimbo
I liked my first car because of the utility it provided me. It was fundamentally safe, and it kept me dry when driving in the rain. Looking back at it after getting better cars I realized how "poor" my first car driving experiences were.
Windows 8 feels much like a first car to me. It's utilitarian in design with little consideration for aesthetics or the finer aspects of an intuitive, elegant and cohesive UI experience. It will get me to where I want to go but it's not a fine driving experience.
It is going to frustrate people who are looking for an intuitive and cohesive UI. I can't imagine walking my friends and family through the UI over the phone when they have problems. There is a great YouTube video of a gentleman having his father use Windows 8. That YouTube experience will be repeated many times in the coming months.
I am typing this using my new RTM Windows 8 install. I've learned to navigate effectively and have come to appreciate some of the new features, particularly the full screen IE.
Do I think Microsoft did a good job? No. This could have been so much better.
Will millions of people buy it. Yes, they really don't have much choice. Apple is too expensive a proposition for many and Linux is still too esoteric.
Will people upgrade slowly? Making it cheap will expedite the upgrades. It will depend on the aggregate reactions to it once it is released. No doubt some of the under the cover upgraded features are an improvement.
installed windows 8 64bit rtm, it is horrid. I have been using windows xp and 7 for years, windows 8 is an absolute mess.
drivers not installing in correct places, sound driver not working, simple functions still hidden, two UI's, who thought of that, i predict some people are going to fired at Microsoft for this one.
Nothing in 8 is better than in 7, not one single thing. I liked the CP edition because it was something new, but when it comes to actually using windows 8 for something it fails over and over again.
Oh well, was looking forward to a new OS to tweak, this ain't worth my time.
Sorry Microsoft, you are completely out of touch, if this is your stepping stone into the future, then you just stepped off a cliff, the ground below is scattered with sharp rocks, the impact will rip you to shreds and thus ends the saga of microsoft.