If you spend $5 on Start8
, most of the complaints here disappear, and you are left with a desktop OS that is noticeably faster and more power efficient than Windows 7 was, with a number of good UI improvements (such as the new explorer, file transfer UI etc.) without any of the Metro UI. (Start8 brings back the Windows 7 start menu, can disable the hot-corners, and will boot straight to the desktop)
"But why do I have to buy software to fix Windows 8" you cry. You don't. Windows 8 is not "broken" it's different
. Different is not the same as broken, or worse.
Personally I don't like the Metro start screen, so I chose to buy it, but it's certainly not required. (there are also free apps that do similar things, but Start8 is by far the most polished in my testing)
Originally Posted by TeddyP
I've heard that multitasking is a lot harder in Win8, which is why I am asking this question. I normally have a bunch of programs open and if I can't switch through them easily using the taskbar (like in the screenshot), then I will never use Win8.
It's almost the same as Windows 7. Alt + Tab switches between all applications, and your running applications will be on the taskbar just like Windows 7.
Win + Tab has been replaced and now switches between Metro apps rather than the Aero Flip in Windows 7. (did anyone ever use that?)
There is also a new task switcher for Metro apps that can be accessed via hot-corners on the left hand side of the screen. (note: the desktop, and all programs that run inside it, is classed as a single Metro app)
Originally Posted by vladd
So no... not the same number of steps (and much less mouse movement). And that's only one example.
Most users simply close the lid on their notebooks, or hit the power button to shut down their desktops. Most keyboards also have a power button on them these days. The software option is mostly redundant in 2012.
Originally Posted by stanger89
A new UI should be intuitive and easy to use.
Most of the complaints I see here are not about the UI being unintuitive, but rather things not behaving the same way that they used to. Those are two separate things. Just because something has changed, does not make it unintuitive.
Originally Posted by snappjay
My issues mainly stem from drivers on my Macbook Air (no facetime camera, no gestures, no brightness controls, etc) and less with the OS
You're probably fine installing the Windows 7 boot camp package for those things. Apple seems to be distancing themselves from Windows again these days though, with them dropping support for Safari, and it's ridiculous that they don't have a driver pack ready for Windows 8 on day one.
Originally Posted by duff99
Windows 8 is not trying to improve desktop software. They're just trying to prop up their tablet OS by messing with their core market.
Actually, there are a considerable number of back-end changes, UI changes and new features that are big improvements to the desktop experience with Windows 8. You just have to look beyond the Metro start screen to realize that.
There is an improved explorer UI, file transfers have been completely redone on the back-end and have a much nicer UI now, Hyper-V Virtualization is now a core windows application rather than being limited to servers, memory usage throughout the OS is lowered, power management is considerably improved, there's a great new Task Manager, general UI/system performance is up, SSDs are handled better and should perform faster, there's now a standard anti-virus/anti-malware solution built into Windows, there are now parental controls built into the OS, there's a whole new filesystem (ReFS) there's a new file history function.
And that's just what I can think of off the top of my head.
Originally Posted by tman247
Copying files is almost entirely dependant on your network speed and the device you're copying to. I can get 70-80MB/s copying large movie files to my WHS on 7, I doubt very much I'd be looking at 700MB/s in Windows 8 (on the same Gb NIC!)
But they will definitely be faster. SMB 3.0 is a huge improvement.