WHS, my wife, who is no power user, was the 'sacrificial lamb' for W8. Her new Dell was upgraded to W8. At first the Live Tiles were confusing to her. Now, one click as she's at the desktop and uses the computer as she did before. Two immediate problems, make that 3...
- Norton Ghost works, we think, but you can't activate it. Norton is 'working' on this.
- At least 1/2 the games she bought from Gamehouse doesn't work because of their overlay loader. They are updating games slowly to fix this.
- LinkSys AE2500 USB network adapter doesn't load or loads but only connects to the Router, not the Internet randomly. 1 out of 20 boots or so
this happens. Re-boot fixes this. LinkSys has not released a W8 driver yet, that seems to be the problem.
Otherwise for her, it works the same. System has an SSD, so I can't say it boots faster, but it does shutdown faster. Since I've pinned most of her frequently used icons to the Start screen many times now she doesn't even go to the Desktop, just uses them. This is an 8GB 1600 speed RAM system with a fast i7 3770 processor, so it can handle this even if she uses Modern Live Tiles and loads memory.
Me, well, trying to locate 'normal' power user things can be a chore. Even getting to the Control panel, a lot of mouse movement and clicks. I'm starting to learn the keyboard combo's as it is a faster way to get places. I'm also holding off moving my computer to W8, but will do so soon or at least buy the upgrade before the special deal expires next month. I just saw that MS has declared no SP2 for W7, and I fear MS will slow down patches in an effort to accelerate W8 acceptance too.
I too used the prior 'previews', but the release is better and more user friendly, when compared to the previews. Yes, I can get apps that will get me to the desktop automatically, and with that the user experience still isn't going to be like W7. Still, I prefer to be on the latest release. To each person the choice is yours to make. I don't think it is bad, just different. Sometimes change is not good, sometimes it is. Desktops in the future will be touch screen standard anyway. Why fight it?
It isn't that I like it, it is that I see no reason not to do it (once the app situation of not working is resolved). People resisted Vista/W7 due to the dropping of 16 bit windows apps, you do not hear complaints about that now generally anymore either. W8 complaints will pass in time. Oh, I don't think MS cares how the end-user feels, but the business user is the one they need and want to accept W8.