.But the desktop. Oh, how the desktop has improved.
Gone is the now-antiquated Aero look and feel, its needlessly translucent glass effects replaced by the more pleasing, modern-looking, and, yes, opaque Explorer windows in Windows 8. Microsoft removed Aero because of battery life concerns, which Iím OK with. But I just think it looks better.
Windows Explorer has been upgraded substantially with a new ribbon-based UI that power users will immediately start grousing about. Relax, itís a win-win: Now, the less sophisticated users you support can actually find what theyíre looking for. And you can hide the ribbon, creating the cleanest looking version of Explorer youíve ever used. And you can mount ISO and VHD images directly into the file system and access them just like normal discs and disks, respectively.
Anyone dogged by slow and unreliable file copies in previous Windows versions, especially over a network, will love that file copy/move has been completely overhauled. It not only looks better with a nice new single-window UI, but it moves like greased lightning, as if Microsoft finally discovered multi-threaded programming for the first time. This isnít an evolution, itís a big deal.