A First Look at Windows 8

Since the BUILD Conference, I  have used the Developer Preview of Windows 8. I initially installed it in Virtual Box however I really wanted to try it on real hardware so I installed it on my laptop. Here are my thoughts.

1. It’s a trip, no really it boots fast and switches between apps and the desktop very quickly. Going between the new apps and the old ones can be a bit different but I am sure I will get used to it.
2. It has some quirks, this is just a Developer Preview meaning this is not in Beta stage but rather more of an Alpha so some things do not work as expected and some things are placed weird so it takes a bit to get used to. This will mostly be worked out by the time we get to Beta.
3. One operating system to rule them all, no seriously this takes over, I have it installed next to Windows 7. When you start the machine Windows 8 boots to a point then asks you which operating system you want to boot to. If you select Windows 7 it restarts the machine and boots Windows 7 just like as if Windows 8 was never there. However, the OS selection screen is nicely done and touch first like the rest of the OS.
4. Programs are missing, but you can enable a desktop toolbar to bring most of them back, I’ll talk more about that later.

All in all, Windows 8 is very interesting and I think it could change how we use a PC forever. I can see some “Power Users” that may stay with Windows 7 or even maybe abandon Windows for Linux or even move to Mac because they do not like the new Start screen or app model. We will just have to see. For now, I am excited and use Windows 8 for much of my day-to-day browsing and computing, and even used it to write this blog. Stay tuned as I go deeper into Windows 8.