Microsoft, Windows

Windows 8 Consumer Preview : Starter, Main Course and Dessert

Almost a week since Windows 8 Consumer Preview was out and I got my hands on it today. Heads up on the post, for the Windows fans: it ain’t gonna be “Microsoft Friendly” and for the rest of the crowd: nor is it gonna be “Anti-Microsft”. And no, it’s not on the fence either 😉

Starter, Installation Process.

The entire process took a fine 40 minute ride. I installed Windows 8 in my virtual machine. What I expected was a normal wizard that would let me select the options and keep on clicking Next and Tada! it would boot the new OS. And I wish life was that easy or rather Windows 8 was that easy. As the process begun, this is where I got stuck,

Product Key

If anyone is wondering, why I spent a long time with the installation, this is one reason. Because I had to seek Google’s help for this. I don’t understand the importance of this step for a Consumer Preview version and if it is important, it should have been mentioned in the official site (providing the key). Next, time minting process was creating an entire New Windows Live ID to be used as the login credentials. There was no option to use the existing IDs. Hopefully, it will be accommodated in the final release.

Lifting the veil off, this is what I got.

Windows 8 Home ScreenMain CourseCritical Analysis. Things that I like are, I completely love the metro style and the entire look of it. The categorization of the tiles and easy access to different apps comes very handy. Concise, it is an improvement of a mobile OS made available to tablets and desktops. But is it really User Friendly, when it comes to desktops? That’s an evident concern. When we are talking of business on the go with mobile phones and tablets, then Windows 8 is most definitely one of the best options available. But when you scale it down to the desktop usage of it, unless you’ve been bitten by the tech bug, a conventional user might be taken back.

For instance, though I like the look and feel of it, initially I was wondering around with the basic functions pertaining to a program. Like, how can I close this window? Where do I click when the buttons are overlapping? How can I see the programs that are open? With regard to Internet Explorer, how do I go Back? (And yes, I tried it out without checking out the Demo Video) For a second it even struck me, whether they were planning to promote keyboard shortcuts. And when these functions cannot be executed fast, that could burn time as well as few blood cells. Looking at the Consumer Preview version, Windows 8 needs a lot of things to be fixed/changed, bearing in mind the users who will be solely depending on their desktops. Because unlike the touch devices, getting your way around and executing your normal tasks can be bit cumbersome. But if you are using both the tab and the desktop, this would not be a problem as you would have a knowledge of how things work and it’s just a matter of moving from touch to non-touch.

Going further down, what’s the difference in the core functionality of Windows 8? It is said that there’s enhanced performance and improved boot time (approximately 8 seconds). Performance, so far seems good but couldn’t see a significant difference compared to Windows 7. Boot time, yes it’s reduced. On one hand I’m glad that Microsoft had brought a significant enhancement with regard to the kernel and I wish they experimented more and introduced more changes other than just adorning the same old features without considering a change to the kernel.

DessertMy Conclusion. From a personal viewpoint, would I choose Windows 8 for my mobile or tablet? Yes, one because it is tailor made for it and two, it is indeed good. Would I choose Windows 8 for my desktop? YES! With a bit of a mumbling for few days, I would most definitely conquer it!