I’ve been using the Windows 8 preview for a couple of months now on a laptop that I’ve tried to use pretty much all the time, at home anyway.
I have yet to be utterly convinced about the absence of the Start button and its accompanying menu but the (artist formally known as Metro) interface is usable. I’ve not had much need to use many “Windows 8 Interface” apps as yet so I’ll reserve judgement on that. The ones I have seen look a bit noddy but are functional, rather reminiscent of iPhone apps but I guess that’s the point. If so, well done Microsoft, you’ve cracked it.
As I’ve stated before I am an unashamed Microsoft fan boy and I’m pleased as punch that Microsoft seem to have hit the right note for a domestic user with this iteration of Windows.
Microsoft has had the inverse of the Star Trek curse for many years (in their case the even numbered ones are usually considered crap) and from a business use point of view that could be the case here. I bet I could find people who are still shocked about the Start menu showing up let alone being replaced in some businesses. I’d be a little surprised if Windows 8 is adopted any more widely than on business tablet PCs to be honest. We’ll see though, the potential is incredible for a unified user interface across phone, tablet, laptop and desktop implementations.
What I can tell you is that I plan to adopt Windows 8 on every single thing I own that can run it when it’s released. How’s that?