The Windows 8 Preview Experience-First Impressions

So I downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (I guess we don’t call these things Beta’s anymore) and installed it last night. Here are a few quick inpressions

Test Machine:

Dell Latitude D430


Dual Core Processor

This machine is slightly better that a netbook, but because of the motherboard, will only take a 2GB of RAM at most.¬† This machine is not a powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, so this might be interesting. As I go through living with this machine (I have a real desktop, so I won’t lose too much sleep with bad productivity ūüôā

I downloaded the consumer preview ISO and started the install at 8:39 PM. By 9:00 I had a new operating system. This is probably the fastest I’ve ever been able to install an operating system.

So my first impressions:

  1. Where the @#$%¬† is my Start button! The default interface is the¬†Metro interface that is presently used by Windows phone. Although I’m somewhat familiar with the Metro interface, I can see that the change will¬†be quite jarring for many¬†users.
  2. Where’s my Windows Live Apps? For whatever reason, Microsoft doesn’t have a Windows 8 version of Windows Live yet.
  3. The boot time is really fast!
  4. I really wish I had a touch screen on this laptop. Although Microsoft claims that Windows 8 will work with just a mouse and keyboard, I’d really like to see what a convertible tablet (Lenovo, I’m ¬†available for beta testing) would do with this OS.

I’ll periodically post on this subject. If you have questions, leave a comment, and if I can, I’ll try to answer them