I used the Win8 dev. preview
And boy was I wrong!
Context: I'm a boring cynical sysadmin. I'm using a PC which had Vista pre-installed. Eventually I couldn't stand it anymore and upgraded from Vista Home premium to Win7 Professional (also because I'm using this critter for work; Professional comes with more network support).
Should my previous post be discarded: I grabbed & setup the ISO. Ironically enough Windows own Virtual PC will not grok Win8. Crashes with a Hal_init error after which the whole thing reboots. WTF?
The Sun legacy VirtualBox product however managed.
As said; I was wrong!
Here I was fearing that desktop users would need to drag their mouse all the way from the lower left corner of the screen (after clicking 'start') all to the upper right corner (worse case situation) due to the start menu being gone.
Needless to say that I never did think of any scroll bar at the bottom which you need to use to drag you through all the sections of the metro screenS (no type; S) in order to reach the program you want. No; if you were hoping of anything near to jumplists then have no fear; that annoyance is gone. You start applications, not datafiles.
Unless of course you want to start datafiles, there seems no way to pin those onto the metro screen from within the "old" desktop (the only place which has a filebrowser, go figure).
Win-R and such still work, cmd.exe is still there (unreachable from the metro sh*t, go figure). IOW: unless you KNOW about Win-R and cmd (cmd.exe) you won't be able to open up a console. FUN. *
Now the sysadmin in me talking: How the f* am I going to start this as another user (run-as) ?
20 msc files vs. 32 in Windows 7. Granted; this IS an alpha but still..
I am in a cmd.exe session. I checked \Windows\system32 and noticed "certmgr.msc". I started it using mmc.exe and then tried removing some certificates.
Guess what? They were GONE. No mention of raised privileges, no option disabling (this is impossible on Windows 7 /without/ a raised cmd environment) and most of all; they were GONE.
Once again: this is alpha code (* I realize all too well!) but still.. They DID require me to logon using a password, don't PLEASE don't tell me THIS is the new Microsoft idea of "security" ?
Next: compmgmt.msc. My account is indeed member of the administrators group. Makes sense? I think not! On my Win7 home premium (virtual environment courtesy of my TechNet subscription) I can use an "admin" account and still be warned of "raised transactions".
Not so anymore; at least here. Why do I scream out loud? Because if you check the old control panel you still find the well known "yellow/blue shielded sections". Better put: the options which warned you upfront that an "authority confirmation" was about to be raised. No more...
I saved the worst for last... This is a developer preview.. No solitaire? WTF? (ok ok, this is a bit joking).
Seriously... I think Win8 is going to have a much better impact than Vista. On a negative scale that is. Not only do you need to move the mouse MUCH further you actually risk having to DRAG the screen across until your tiles come into view. And as could be expected; this looks to be all static (tiles in this preview were all pinned; so no dynamic lists as the Win7 "mostly started" list).
disclaimer: this is all typed while discovered. But after having removed the Windows feature "tablet pc components" and STILL being greeted with this MetroMadness I really forsee dark times ahead.
As said above; I am an old cynical sysadmin, but having said that I don't think the tablet and touchscreen market has advanced as much as MS seems to anticipate for here.
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