Pros: Blazingly fast and user-friendy interface, optimised for touch and a wider range of hardware configurations
Cons: A little too much push for the modern interface formerly known as the 'Metro UI'
When it comes to giving an operating system that has stayed visually similar for more almost 2 decades a complete overhaul and remove the common and loved Start Menu, it was bound to cause an uprise of sorts. I even boycotted the Metro-style interface for a period, favouring programs such as Classic Start and the Stardock customisation software, Once I actually started making an effort to learn and use the new interfaces (I had to provide remote support via phone for clients so it was a necessity) I found them to be quite helpful, especially the ability to practically type anything in the Start screen and get related results and programs in a blink of the eye.
Loosening the Reins
While I kinda expected Microsoft to hold strong to their own opinions on how their OS should function, it was good to see them notice the amount of users using start menu programs and shell replacements and then bring back some of the more familiar buttons and simplified methods for performing things such as shutting down the PC. In fact, at the time of writing, Microsoft appears to be bringing back the real Start menu (in a modernised look) to keep its user base happy.
Never too old to try something new
While that title may be open to other meanings, I am refering to the ability to get low powered PCs that struggle to run their current OS''s across to running Windows 8 with plenty of resources to spare. After the amount of XP and Vista ( ) machines I have updated to Windows 8 I am still quite surprised at how well they are able to run. When installing any operating system on a PC of my own, I tend to spend three times as long removing components as it took to install the OS to begin with - I hate bloatware and unneeded programs. Windows 8 has really kept it to a minimum and for that I commend MS.
It's all good, but...
Some areas of Windows 8 are still a little lacking but as it is still fairly young this is to be expected. I see good things for Windows 8's future and look forward to what's next.
Apologies if this review seems a little odd, it's the first one I've ever done