Seeing a re-build of my laptop on the horizon, I've been debating whether I would load Windows 7 again or if I should finally give Windows 8 a real try. You've helped make up my mind for me, by reaffirming everything I've gathered from other reviews and seen myself in my occasional uses of Windows 8 on my wife's laptop.
Windows 7 is the new XP.
I'm sure neither of us is the first to have said it, but this is something I've been saying for awhile as well. I haven't seen enough real value in switching to 8 to justify it as a consumer, let alone consider that an enterprise would want to migrate.
I must say, the change in search was actually something I liked when I saw it on my wife's laptop. If I'm just searching for a program, I don't want to see all the folders & files stored on the computer that are related - I just want to find the primary EXE or a shortcut. If I'm searching for screenshots I made of an application, I don't need the app itself jumping on top of the results. That said, I definitely agree that this could be made better by establishing more consistency regarding the categorization of settings. It might also be nice to give users the option (something Microsoft seems to be wandering away from, for some asinine reason) of reverting to the old all-in-one search mode.
- Modern Creeps Into the Desktop
Very ugly. Can't stand this happening at all, and the inconsistency only makes it worse.
- No Side-by-Side Applications
- Poor Support for High-Resolution Monitors
If I can't have more than two apps on-screen at a time, or even arrange the two however I want them, it's a real deal-breaker. It would seriously get in the way of how I work on one screen. Dare I ask how things are handled (if at all) in Metro on multi-screen setups? I've got three monitors at work, and I feel horribly constrained whenever I have to work from home on my single 15" laptop screen.
- I Don’t Want to Live in the Microsoft Ecosystem
Amen, brother! My wife really felt it when MS dropped CalDAV & CarDAV support, since our e-mail & calendar is in a Google Apps domain. For me, this was the proponent I needed to finally get her to switch to Thunderbird.
Another trend I hate in the smartphone world, and do not like to see coming to the desktop world. Unfortunately, there's too much money in monopolizing the apps markets. I doubt this is going away any time soon.
The new Task Manager is really nice, but I still prefer Process Explorer.
I haven't really gotten into the guts of the new Task Manager yet. But, unless the new Task Manager is Process Explorer, I don't see myself putting away my SysInternals tools anytime soon.
Great article, here. Thanks again for helping me make up my mind!