My official, full on review and thoughts about Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been a really amazing and good operating system for now. I can’t wait until the Windows 8 officially is released. I have experienced some problems during the usage of Windows 8, but what can you expect from a beta or consumers preview. I have send a lot of feedback to Microsoft about the apps, features and the Windows 8 itself. I have some good and bad thoughts about Windows 8, but what can I say. I will tell shortly some of the feedback I sent and what problems I have encountered. Later on in this article I will start talking more deeply about Windows 8 itself.

Mail is a really important aspect of my technological life. I use mail really often and I would like to experience it really well. In the new Mail application on Windows 8, mail looks really cluttered and not really nice, well that’s my opinion. Mail isn’t that responsive too. If I would like to delete multiply messages at the same time, I can’t view messages while I do that. This means, I can’t quickly preview a  message before I include it into my delete selection. Another factor is the speed. It takes forever for mail to come in when I didn’t refresh it for a while. I have a really good internet connection but mail can’t view messages fast enough. They should also include more features into the Mail application like threaded messages and clips and attachments.

The Application Store is the biggest features out of all the features included. If it is that big, Microsoft should make the user interface easier and more better. By that I mean faster loading and instant downloading. Also my Application Store crashes really frequently when it gets overloaded by downloading many apps at the same time. Another big missing feature, is the ability to search applications. I can see why Microsoft didn’t put that into the Consumer Preview because there like less than 30 – 40 apps on the store. I really hope that they will incorporated that into the next release.

RSS has been a big think for me for years and years. I would like to ask, why Microsoft removed the RSS reader from the Consumer Preview. It was in the Developer Preview. I really liked the metro-styled RSS reader. It was fast and it really caught the eye. It brought that excitement and joy of reading the news.

The Photos application is like the picture viewer in Windows but with less features. It has integration with other services like Skydrive and Facebook, but you can’t really do much in it except view pictures. They need to put in some sharing options and more editing tools. Also when I am in the desktop environment and I click on a photo to view from my desktop, it opens the big full-screen Photo application. That’s really useless to me. I would like a feature that lets you change if you want to use metro applications or normal windows applications. It just makes viewing photos longer and maybe harder.

The Metro-UI has a long road ahead. It is a really good approach by Microsoft to find something else than a start menu. The start menu was really easy to view and edit. So is the Metro Start Menu. The normal start menu showed applications and programs, so does the Metro Start Menu. Everything is the same except the position of it and the appearance. I really like the Metro Start Menu.

Windows 8 itself didn’t really change much except some appearance changes and features here and there. One of the biggest Windows 8 features, it the new task manager. It shows everything from all your processes and programs running to how much bandwidth your using and what application is using it. Other big change is the the Explorer. I hope that the explorer is even more stable that in Windows 7. You know how previous in Windows, when you copy a file, you get a copy dialog. Well here in Windows 8, there is one dialog for all your cut, copy, and paste actions. You can also pause these operations. Another big thing is the ability to mount ISO, image files, and VDI or VDM. You can mount any virtual media, right inside Windows 8, without any third-party software.

My overall experience with Windows 8 was really good. I really like the operating system so far. I am defiantly upgrading from Windows 7 when Windows 8 comes out. Thank you for reading my opinions and compare your usage of Windows 8, with mine. Do you experience the same problems? Please also send feedback to Microsoft while you test Windows 8. Make Windows 8 better. I really hope that they will not come out with 9 different versions of Windows. What’s your opinion?

Stay tuned for more Windows 8 news and commentaries.

  1. Really informative post.Thanks Again. Want more.

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