Posted on March 20, 2012 by Jennifer Porterfield
I grew up in a family of computer geeks. During most of my childhood, my dad worked for Philips/Magnavox (anyone remember the CD-I? No?), and I fondly recall the days of running computer programs like Arkanoid and Pac Man from MS-DOS.
Well, not so fondly. I won’t lie – once Windows came into existence, I never looked back. With each new iteration (excepting, from what I understand, Vista), the operating system only seems to improve. But will Windows 8 really bring about a PC revolution as some are predicting?
AnandTech gave a very thorough review of the new Microsoft operating system, and below, I’ve added some of my thoughts regarding just a few of the new features.
Touch-enabled “Metro” UI
Don’t fancy the new UI? According to PC World, underneath the touch-enabled Start screen is the good ol’ standard Windows task bar, and while apps developed prior to Windows 8 won’t be touch-enabled, you can still run them.
Uninstall programs from the home screen
Downside to these hotspots? You probably wouldn’t have known they were there if you hadn’t just read about them…unless you stumbled upon them by accident, which is apparently another issue entirely. If you use more than one monitor, these hotspots will only work on the primary monitor. So if you slide your mouse to the other monitor, guess what will happen?
Overall, I must admit that Windows 8 looks very promising, especially for Mac users sitting on the fence about switching over to a PC. Public opinion, however, seems to vary (as is typical when a new piece of software gets release). In some ways, it’s very different from the Windows PC users know and love, but if the old Windows interface is still accessible, can we really call the Metro interface revolutionary?
The best way to decide whether or not you like it is to get in there and try it for yourself. Click here to go to Microsoft’s website and download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. We’d love your feedback on some of these new features!