In our last article on PC buying, we suggested that you avoid buying a PC. Our recommendation has changed. While hard drive prices are still not what they where in October they are getting better. Also, new lower cost yet still high quality parts like AMD’s APU system further lower the cost of computers. However, the whole reason for this article is Microsoft’s release of the Consumer Preview (CP) for Windows 8.
First off, if any one would like to try the Windows 8 CP it will be on one of our training PCs. To be fair on what most new users would go through, I did not look up any how-tos on how to use Windows 8. With that being said, it took me over an hour to figure out how to shut down Windows without using key combinations.
Microsoft is attempting to make this Operating system a tablet system and a traditional PC system at the same time. To do this, they took Windows 7 and slapped a tablet interface on it called Metro. Metro runs apps that are like an app on a smart phone. These apps lack all menus, the traditional close and window setting buttons, and are completely unintuitive. The worst part is, using the system requires switching back and forth from Metro. For example, the easiest way I have found to shut down Windows 8 is: Click the hidden menu in the upper right corner of the screen. Click ‘Power’. Click ‘Shut down’.
It is not all bad, though. Windows 8 has a one click repair feature, though it does wipe out all non Metro applications (read all Windows applications you are used to). It also has other advancements like a fantastic task manager.
I do strongly feel that if Microsoft was to release the current Consumer Preview of Windows 8, it would get an even poorer reception than Vista did.
Please, don’t take my word for it, drop in the shop and take a look!