Windows 8 In Daily Use: What Is It Really Like?

Christian Cawley 06-09-2012

Windows 8 In Daily Use: What Is It Really Like? muo w8upgrade intro1You hate Windows 8, don’t you? You’ve never used it, you haven’t even seen it in action (other than via a few YouTube videos) but you hate it.


It’s pointless, it’s ugly, it’s unwieldy… you know all of these things, yet you haven’t used it. Perhaps, just perhaps, you’ve been misinformed…

I’ve been running Windows 8 for several months now in its various pre-release versions and I can tell you right here, right now, that it really isn’t all that bad. Just check out our Windows 8 guide The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More to see how many cool, new features there are. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that once you start using it, it’s almost indistinguishable from Windows 7. Almost.

So, what on earth am I talking about?

Booting Windows 8

Whether your computer is equipped with an SSD or a traditional mechanical hard drive, Windows 8 boots remarkably quickly. This means that you’re not hanging around waiting for POST screens and watching the progress bar – within a minute (often within 30 seconds) you should see the login screen.

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From here, you can choose to login to a local account or use a Windows Live/Hotmail account. The benefit of the latter is that various settings are stored in the cloud, meaning that when you login to another Windows 8 device, the same settings are available. This sort of “roaming profile” functionality has been available in corporate Windows networks for some years, and it is useful to have it available in Windows 8.

Using this Windows sign-in, your SkyDrive will automatically be setup, for instance, enabling synchronization of documents and photos with the Microsoft cloud. These items will never be lost, so it’s a good thing to have.

Mouse, Keyboard or Fingers?

There are two divisive aspects to Windows 8. The first is the Start screen (see below); the second is its suitability for desktop computers.

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As a lot of computers – both corporate and domestic – are desktops, this results in a problem. Laptop computers have a touchpad that can be used to interact with the new Windows, whereas desktops don’t.

Accessing the Start screen and the various live tiles that it offers is a chore, sadly, whether you use a keyboard or a mouse. Using the arrows or the mouse to scroll from one side to another is tedious and lacks the immediacy experienced in Windows 7. Fortunately, this problem doesn’t extend to the Desktop.

Various apps will ship with Windows 8 that require finger and thumb interaction to get the best out of them. This is the area I feel that Microsoft has truly shot itself in the foot – you can say what you like about the Start screen, but when it comes to restricted interaction options for desktop computer users, the real weakness of Windows 8 is apparent.

Dealing with the Start Screen

Whether you’re impressed with the “Metro” user interface (now renamed to “Windows 8”) as a whole and dismayed by this particular iteration (after all, no one complains about the Xbox 360 user interface, do they?) or you can’t see what all of the fuss is about, the Start screen is going to be a major aspect of Windows 8.


Looking at it isn’t all that bad, and it really is a system optimized for a subset of software that isn’t available yet. With so much information displayed on it, the Start screen might be a contentious presence in the OS but it might just prove to be pretty unmissable for a lot of users. I’ve certainly gained plenty of information from it, and like the way it gives the same information I get from my Windows Phone. It might not be for everyone, but it is certainly functional.

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For many vocal parties, of course, the Start screen is an unnecessary aspect to the operating system. There are plenty of ways to access many of its features without using it, and it is no good for launching legacy software applications. While the Start screen cannot be removed, there is a useful hack that can be employed. Simply long-click and drag the Desktop tile on the Start screen up to the top-left position. Now, when Windows 8 is launched, all you need to do is tap Enter to view the Desktop. This saves a lot of hassle and lets you get on with traditional Windows computing!

Accessing Email

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Using the native email application would be a mistake. While attractive, it is a full-screen application launched from the Start screen that cannot be “windowed” or made smaller. It is also more optimized for fingers than it is for a mouse, and crashes back to the Start screen whenever it encounters an email that won’t download.

The best advice as far as email goes is to use a web-based email interface or to download and install a free alternative that you can access easily from the desktop.

Browsing the Web

When I first saw the Windows 8 version of Internet Explorer, I was impressed by the way in which it replicated the Windows Phone 7.5 browser, with the address bar at the foot of the screen. This is the area that our eyes tend to ignore, so it struck me as a great development.

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Sadly, Internet Explorer 10 is pretty unwieldy in full screen “Metro” mode without the use of fingers, but fortunately there is an alternative version accessible on the Desktop that gives more traditional browsing to those of us without touchscreen devices on which to run Windows 8.

Installing New Apps on Windows 8

There are two ways in which  you can install new applications and utilities on Windows 8. The one Microsoft want you to use for software downloaded from the web is the Store. This is a sort of desktop version of the Windows Phone Marketplace, and as well as providing “safe” applications that have been tested for vulnerabilities, it also enables you to easily update your apps. Some apps are free, while purchases are made via a credit/debit card associated with your Windows Live account.

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Unfortunately for any Metro-phobes, the software available through the Store is tile-based and full-screen. While the live tiles that come with some (such as news, weather or social networking apps) is something that will prove useful upon booting or quickly switching back to the Start screen, the inflexibility of not having windowed apps in an operating system called Windows is like to be an oft-observed irony.

However you shouldn’t be put off by this. Via the Desktop you can still install apps and games in the traditional manner from a downloaded installer or disc media.

Traditional Windows Use

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Using Windows 8 in desktop mode is probably the best experience available in the new OS. While there are a small amount of driver issues and problems with a few legacy applications that will no doubt be ironed out when the operating system is fully released, this is where the main productivity will occur.

Other than the old Start menu, all of the old shortcuts and tricks work here; you can press WINDOWS+R to open the Run box, for instance, while the Windows 7-style Control Panel and Windows Explorer are all waiting for you to access them. Indeed, other than the wholesale adoption of the “ribbon” menu system, the Desktop mode is indistinguishable from those that have come before.

Can Windows 8 Work for You?

While the tile-based Start screen might be more suitable for the tablet-based releases of Windows 8, this at-first-glance-unwieldy release can be made to work for you.

You’ve just got to ignore the tiles!

There is no denying that Microsoft have a job on their hands selling Windows 8 as an alternative not only to its successful Windows 7 but to Apple’s operating systems and the various open source alternatives.

Fortunately, the desktop mode remains pretty robust, and as it is easily accessed there is no reason to ignore it. Email, Internet, office tasks and games can all be achieved on Windows 8, so if you do find yourself the owner of a new computer powered by Microsoft’s latest OS, don’t automatically head for the nearest Windows 7/Linux installer disc – instead, hit that Desktop tile and ignore the chassis, instead getting to grips with the engine room!

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  1. Kshitij Verma
    January 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    How much time did it take to set up your email?
    Because I could set up my hotmail account in no time. But my gmail account.... Ohh i don't even want to talk about it. I managed to set it up after a day with some help from various forums. However, it still has problems as it shows an empty inbox and I often need to log out and log back in to see the mails.

    Anger Level : Over 9000 :P

  2. Somaiya Ebrahim
    November 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    if i get windows 8 but dont really like it, is there an option of reverting back to windows 7?

    • Christian Cawley
      November 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Hi Somaiya

      The only way is through reinstalling Windows. However you will be able to restyle Windows 8 to resemble 7 more closely - keep an eye out on for a new article explaining how to do this, coming soon.

      • Somaiya Ebrahim
        November 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        thanks, i appreciate your quick response..waiting for the new article :)

      • svenn
        November 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

        Also looking forward to your article. Thanks in advance.

  3. svenn
    October 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Earlier, you stated, .."And don’t worry about the Start button, really. Someone already fixed it." What is the "fix" you are referring to? Thank you.

    • Adam
      November 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I can't speak for him, but my answer would be Start 8. Do a Google search for Start 8 by Stardock. It made Windows 8 usable for me, when I was ready to re-install Windows 7. It basically adds the Start button back in. Things are still a little odd here and there, but with a real Start button you will find the OS much easier to navigate. At least that has been my experience.

  4. Tony Hughes
    October 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I bought Windows 8 Pro today and am really disappointed with it, it just doesn't get me, or the way I like to use my PC (work and pleasure)

    • Christian Cawley
      October 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Hi Tony

      While writing our new Windows 8 guide (// I discovered that W8 becomes far more usable after a few days of heavy use. I don't know why this is, but certain processes can be completed within seconds.

      However I sympathise with your earlier post - there are clearly things Microsoft needs to sort out, and fast.

  5. Tony Hughes
    October 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    So many errors with windows 8, Xbox login errors, news errors, sport errors, wtf are they doing, they're destroying my user experience.

  6. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I still have windows XP :s

  7. Steffo
    October 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    As a company owner i make the thumb down for 8 on a desktop computer. It is NOT fast and fluid. Why on Earth should i sit with a touchscreen 10 hours a day. I will end up in a hospital. With kb and mouse the ModernUI is BS. I will stay with Windows 2000 (SP4), XP (SP3), XP x64 (SP2) and Vista (SP2). Not even 7 is in my taste even if it runs quite well on older desktop computers. But i will upgrade to Windows 7 (with a full and clean install) any time soon. Then i will wait for a Windows WITHOUT ModernUI.

  8. eric
    September 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    we all hate the metro style on a computer. 90 percent of computer is not touch screen. not build in touch screen. other wise i say windows 8 is ok. but again why microsoft keep changing The Os Just a litttle improvment .with those fancey graphic required huge amount of ram and procesor.. i am love windows xp. it took microsoft at lease 10 years to perfect still they are releasing up until 2014. My Point is why microsoft concentrate on One Os And Perfect it. Personaly i Smash my Alienware coast 2300Aus $ coz of your Vista Os. That All Keep Going forward..please don't walk one step forward and 3 steps back.i Guess ill Gate Is Getting Old And Running Out Of creativeness Like Steave Job. If Microsoft Keep Going They Way The Are ..I am Sure Apple Is Over run They CompaNE..mICROSOFT WILL THE THE aNCENT hISTORY.

  9. eric
    September 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    we all hate the metro style on a computer. which is not build in touch screen. other wise i say windows 8 is ok. but again why microsoft keep changing The Os Just a litttle improvment .with those fancey graphic required huge amount of ram and procesor.. i am love windows xp. it took microsoft at lease 10 years to perfect still they are releasing up until 2014. My Point is why microsoft concentrace on One Os And Perfect it. Personaly i Shash my Alienware coasde 2300Aus $ coz of your Vista Os. That All Keep Going forward..please don't walk one step forward and 3 steps back.

  10. Vasanth
    September 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Some of my friends use windows 8 now... I like it more than windows 7! Windows 8 is really attractive to me... And it is really fun to work with!!! I love windows 8:)

  11. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

    What I hate about windows is the metro look in it! otherwise it's ok for me! why the hell they invented this stupid metro thingy for desktop pcs. it may be good on touch enabled devices. bt when it comes to a pc with a mouse, it sucks big time! :/

  12. tonybac
    September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Actually, for me, I find the tiles useful, I mean, like, I don't have to open up a browser and then log in to facebook just to start some chat with my wife, I can do that on the Messaging app itself, the Calendar app makes me aware of my scheduled appointments, the Mail app updates when there are new emails, etc. I don't think the tiles themselves are bad, they just needs to be refined, but I believe once the official Windows 8 OS is released, these apps will become more stable, if not bug-free.

  13. Scott MacDonald
    September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I've been testing Win8 for almost 3 months now and it's different, but it's no big deal. It's been working well.

  14. Vijaynand Mishra
    September 9, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Good Info

  15. Jordyn Bushaw
    September 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    If you and computers don't get along, then Windows 8 is not your best bet on OS software. Some of the user interface is not that friendly.

    • Salman Khan
      September 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Please give me a windows 8 please

      • Salman Khan
        September 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        Please give me windows 8

  16. Jim
    September 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Right on. I hated W8 in the preview because of the 'start' screen, but when MDSN version came out, I decided it was time to bite the bullet (Im in tech support so had to familiarise myself)

    So the first thing I did was learn how to live with the start screen

    My modus operandi with normal start is to type what I want.

    Once I found out I can do the same thing with start screen, I was happy. CTRL+ESC and ________(type the first few letters of the program name) and it works just like a program launcher.

    I remain disinterested in all the rest of the crap on there, but might get to it if and when any interesting features come up through the STORE

    As far as launching icons from desktop I have just stuck everything I commonly use to the taskbar and set "use small icons' so I can fit it all on there. Works fine for me.

    Apart from that, the interface is refreshing. I love the little tweaks like the progress meter when copying files. Really, I find it a bunch of nice useability enhancements,

    Its been on my work and home machines for about 3 weeks now. So far no complaints. I plan to stick with :)


    • Steffo
      October 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      If You don't know a sub application, like a tool, You will not get helped with the so called search function in Windows 8. Many times there are tools that You can use as exporters or diagnostics. Without the startmenu You will not be able to find them.....

      • Steffo
        October 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        I meant if You don't know the name of that tool....

  17. Scutterman
    September 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I have to agree with James Bruce. If the answer to liking Windows 8 is to ignore the interface and switch to desktop mode every time I log in, I'll sacrifice the fast boot time of Windows 8 in exchange for the start menu and the good looking aero of Windows 7.
    I get really OCD about repetitive tasks, so clicking on desktop mode, or even just pressing enter, every time I boot would not-so-slowly drive me completely insane.

    Also, since the desktop mode is actually "legacy" mode, I'm not keen on relying on it. It suggests that Microsoft are planning to get rid of it in future and I don't want to help that along by using the OS that's trying to faze it out.

    How does multiple monitors work with Metro? When I'm developing, I have an editor and email on one screen, then FTP and browser on another. I keep the ftp and browser windowed so I can more easily switch between them. I can't see a way to do this with Metro.

    Nothing I've seen or heard about Windows 8 is convincing me that Microsoft is going to break their streak of a terrible OS every other time. And every time I shorten the name to W8, I always take it as a sign telling me to "Wait".

  18. GrrGrrr
    September 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    2 things I would like to point put from ur article.

    1. Not all laptops are touch based. infact majority won't be
    2. When u say "You’ve just got to ignore the tiles", why should one pay to get a OS, and then adapt themselves to ignore the most notorious interface.


    • Christian Cawley
      September 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      1. it is more than likely that almost all new laptops will have expanded touchpad functionality to accommodate W8 where touch screens are not available.

      2. simple: eventually, this will be a version of Windows for which applications you buy are intended.

  19. Mike Freeman
    September 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    To be honest, I don't use Windows at all, and so won't be using Windows 8, either. It might be responsive and have some good features, but, based on these screenshots, I just have to say: No offense, but this is probably the single ugliest "modern" OS I've ever seen, especially the "traditional desktop" version. It's flat, severely rectangular, and the window frame looks really retro (not in a good way). What happened to the smooth, glassy look of Windows 7/Vista, or the molded, rounded look of XP? My eyes hurt just looking at these screenshots. I'd hate to stare at that at work all day.

  20. Reý Aetar
    September 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    great os for a starter but for those old users ,they will need some time

  21. susendeep dutta
    September 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I would never like to believe fully on someone before the full exhaustive review(editor+users) of stable Windows 8 is done.Before expressing any good or bad views about it,one must take it into account that it's still not full and is in progress.I believe in judging a product by having a neutral view on it.

    Thanks Christian for bringing up this needed article.

  22. GayashanNA
    September 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

    People are against “change”, that’s the nature of the human beings. But whether we like it or not change is inevitable. I think it’s worth to give it a try other than just hating the tiles, because somewhere in a YouTube comment a hater said so! ;) Thanks for the nice review. Will give it a try…(+ if i wanted to upgrade it’s totally worth the money)

    • Ace
      September 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Sometimes change is not a good thing.

  23. James Bruce
    September 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I know you've said it's "not that bad", but your review actually sounds pretty damning the way I read it. I mean, if the best bit of Windows 8 is the desktop mode, then why upgrade at all? Stick with Windows 7, and you get a free start button!

    Are there *significant* performance gains; enough to validate the lack of driver support? If so, I'd like someone to make a custom Windows 8 install that adds the start button back and bypasses Metro.

    Also, was "no one complains about the Xbox 360 user interface" irony? If it wasn't could I just say:
    (1) Only a tiny portion of the screen is even functional
    (2) Of that functional bit, 2/3rd is advertising for zune, traditional video ads from BT (yeh, because I dont ALREADY have broadband to download your crappy little vid ad), or DLC.
    (3) Discovery of games is pretty crap; I havent downloaded any indie games or xbox live games in the last 12 months.
    (4) Voice control is gimmicky BS, and dont even talk about gesture control
    (5) In conclusion, I HATE metro on the Xbox.

    (And if that was irony, please forgive my outburst!)

    • Christian Cawley
      September 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Aha, the Brucemeister!

      No, it's not that bad. But the reason to upgrade is simple: eventually, this will be a version of Windows for which applications you buy are intended. Anyone buying a new piece of kit in the near future will get W8. How many of them will be installing W7 over the top? Probably only a small percentage.

      I don't believe the lack of driver support is a sales-ready thing. And don't worry about the Start button, really. Someone already fixed it :)

      Xbox 360 - no irony. I don't get paid for irony.


      • svenn
        October 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        what is the "fix" you are referring to? (..."And don’t worry about the Start button, really. Someone already fixed it") thanks for the info

  24. rathishsrk03
    September 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Windows 8 will look good if you are connected to internet.

    • James Bruce
      September 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

      It'll look even better if you uninstall it and put Windows 7 back.

  25. Sugadevan Rajarathinam
    September 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Win8 is awesome, i used developer preview, consumer,release previews. now using RTM . Its stable,fast,responsive than Windows 7. full integration of cloud,skydrive,tiles,modern apps makes win8 truly modern. the windows 8 haters are those who never tried Windows 8, they just hate tiles!! They should try windows 8. there is small learning curve, but its worth try :) Its well suited for keyboard and mouse. Win8 is a big step forward for Microsoft. haters are those who don't want a change or don't want to accept the change. if u don't like win8 then stay with win7 :)

  26. Ash
    September 7, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I've been using windows 8 for some time. I happen to like it, especially its responsiveness. On my laptop it takes just 10 seconds to boot up. I do agree that it's a major change from the traditional desktop, we are presented with a start screen that's meant to be used for a touch interface. But you could use it with a mouse or a touch pad and it's quite responsive.
    I read an article recently that with the continued growth of iPads and Tablets. PC's and laptops sale is boiling down, and it's badly hurting Microsoft. That's why we are presented with a hybrid the older desktop + touch based interface. Even if windows 8 fail, we can't expect things to revert back to the older windows in windows 9 ( if they chose to call it by this name).

  27. Ralph G
    September 7, 2012 at 5:27 am

    I have tried Windows 8. And I do not like it, the interface really sucks.
    I use keyboard and have no need touch screen features.It's taken me
    too long to master what I know now using Windows 7.
    So I will not be switching to Windows 8.

  28. Heather Maga
    September 7, 2012 at 5:15 am

    One major issue I have is if you create/install windows 8 with your live/msn etc email address and use it to log in, you are not able to get into your computer if you don't have internet access.

    I had recently changed my wifi name and was unable to get back into my windows 8 machine until I changed my wifi name back to what it was last time I had booted windows 8.

    I believe there was a offline setting or during setup you could just create a traditional username but it has been so long since I installed Windows 8 that I can't recall.

  29. Ashwin Ramesh
    September 7, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Looks cool! Should try it out sometime :)

  30. Bruce Thomas
    September 7, 2012 at 2:44 am

    One of the better reviews of Widows 8 I have read. The tiles on my Windows phone are OK and organized with my most used preferences in a handy order, so I don't mind tiles on a small device, but on my work computer, no tiles. The previous comments by Nebyzant are a good indicator that Windows 8 will be a powerful entrant, perhaps even enough to get corporate clients to upgrade from XP or Vista.

  31. fatihamzah
    September 7, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Little heavy, but needs Online everytime you use if you want to feel Windows 8

  32. Robert Kilkelly
    September 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Windows 8 is too heavy . too many steps to reach what you want. Tried it and hate it.

  33. john m
    September 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I have used windows 8 for months now and it has been awesome no problems at all. Only minor hiccups in the device connection but nothing Microsoft and Google cant help you with

  34. Nebyzant
    September 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Finally, an article that provides clear evidence to support what I've been trying to tell everyone who hates or misunderstands Windows 8, giving birth to numerous heated discussions all around the Internet.

    For them, I just keep saying:
    Just skip the f* tiles and head for desktop mode right away! Is that so hard?

    I too do not appreciate the beginning mess of tiles and apps, the fact that they need to make use of full screen, optimized for touch and a hassle for mouse usage, as a matter of fact, I do not enjoy tablets at all, so that could be easily dismissed for me, as I believe I will stick with x86 devices for a long time and gladfully, Ultrabooks are coming. However, many people have been trying to unfairly reduce the new version of Windows to a mere tile mess, dismissing so many improvements that make this OS the best ever made by Microsoft!

    I do not think such people have been checking the Release Preview for more than 15 minutes. Once in the desktop mode, there are so many ehnancements, the Windows Explorer is finally refined and with features that were absent from Windows for too long in the past! I only missed my beloved Aero style for the first 5 minutes and then the speed, stability and fluidity just conquered me, I honestly prefer all that experience over some visual effects!

    The sync features of Windows 8 across all devices will be very useful and a winning point for the so called "pos-PC" era that we live in. Overall, I find it very powerful for productivity when combined with Skydrive and Office 2013, while it provides the traditional multimedia and gaming performance most users enjoy in Windows.

    Once again, if you just won't abdicate from the mouse and keyboard and aren't much opened to change, just head for the desktop mode, that's all. Sometimes you have to go to start panel to access system configurations but that's all, once they are displayed, navigation is simple and intuitive and all options are clearly identified. I see much success to Windows 8 as long as people just understand how to skip and overcome the initial mess of tiles.

    • Tanguy Djokovic
      September 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      nice constructive reponse to another great article, I personnaly stopped using the RC version of W8 because of some compatibility issues, but I'll probably give it another try when the time is right

    • Michael
      September 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      "I too do not appreciate the beginning mess of tiles and apps"
      "I do not enjoy tablets at all"
      "I see much success to Windows 8 as long as people just understand how to skip and overcome the initial mess of tiles."

      Sounds to me like you actually hate Windows 8.

      In regard to the last quote specifically, in my own usability testing with a few dozen people (comprised of students, teachers, and parents), Windows 8 was a nightmare to use compared to Chromebooks. All of the participants were using Windows 8 and Chromebooks for the first time, most had only ever used Windows XP, 7, and a few Mac users.

      More and more people are turning on computers for the first time. From an IT perspective of most organizations (schools, businesses, etc.), the average user might as well be turning on their computer for the first time (given their skill level at using computers).

      Computers are supposed to get easier, simpler. They're not supposed to get more complicated with mixed/inconsistent experiences and hidden UI elements.

    • Usman Mubashir
      December 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

      I have used all the versions of 8 that have been released time to time, dev preview scared me at first but then in release preview, I got the hang of it and soon I was telling my friends the same thing, ignore the start if you dont like it and go to desktop mode, now using 8 for more than 2 months, I have doubled my computer productivity, happily others are upgrading when they see that I can get a job done in half the time :)

      Win 8 rox!!!

      for those who dislike tiles mess, wait till you get the hang of it, I did not use the start for some time, but now i barely visit the desktop becaise app interface is way faster!!1

  35. rushmc
    September 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    >>I can tell you right here, right now, that it really isn’t all that bad.

    Yes, and that is what we should expect from a major upgrade by the company that makes the world's biggest operating system...

    ...damning with faint praise, I'd say.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 7, 2012 at 5:05 am

      Agreed. If the key to using Windows 8 is ignoring the all-new interface, that's not a very compelling reason to upgrade.

      More evidence that Microsoft needs to offer a "Metro-less" desktop mode.

      Bear in mind that Metro will keep bugging you, and not just every time you log in -- if you move your mouse to the top or bottom right corners of the screen to use a scroll bar, the charms start to pop up.

      • Christian Cawley
        September 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        I was watching the BBC's Click show this morning and they demoed a few Metro hybrids - the system looked so much better and slicker when used with a finger, but for me this just underlines that big gap between expectation of Windows actually having windows and the Metro (or should we now be calling it "Modern") interface.