I downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I figured that I would be able to burn an ISO and install it on my system that is currently running Ubuntu, but, the installer isn’t an image and I am not sure if you can download an ISO or not, so, I installed it on my primary laptop.
It took about an hour or so to install so not too bad.
A few apps weren’t compatible, not surprising there. It is running very well – the laptop is 3.5 to 4 years old, 4BG memory, 3.6GhZ processor.
I am impressed with the OS. Microsoft has broken the mold with this one, that’s for sure. I have never used a Windows phone but I have seen commercials and this has the same look and feel. The “Start” menu, as they are calling it, is nothing like the Start menu that you will be used to in Windows 95 through to Windows 7. It takes up the entire screen. There is no Start button in the lower left hand corner either, to access it, you hit the Windows key on your keyboard – there are a few other ways to access it as well.
You can see the regular desktop and run apps from it, etc., but the Start menu desktop has access to just about everything that you might want – except a clock. There doesn’t even appear to be a clock app anywhere, odd. I like being able to glance at a part of my screen and see what time it is or what the date is. Not a biggie.
It performs well. It integrates into all of your social media accounts with ease. The built in mail program can be configured with all of your mail accounts, regardless of who they are with.
It imported all of my iTunes music into its own player and downloaded all of the cover art, something that I seem to have problems with in iTunes.
If someone on Facebook or MSN messages you, the message appears in its own interface, called, you guessed it, Messaging.
Thus far, I am VERY impressed. Guess I will see how it goes over the next few weeks and months. Not sure when it expires.
I could not install it on the PC that I am writing this entry on. It is a Zeon based processor, only 2GB memory though. Windows 8 reported that the processor wasn’t compatible. I am currently running Windows XP on it.
All in all, at this point I give it a 9 out of 10. Time will tell.