My co-worker asked ‘what’s the best thing about it?’ I’ll try to put it into words.
- Looks and feels slick; nice to have something new after decade or two of the Windows UI
- Fast and responsive; cannot overstate that. Snappy. Nice. The metaphor/paradigm of the desktop finally feels like what an OS UI should be.. app oriented (yes, like smartphones and tablets) … almost achieving that Taligent / Next ideal of de-coupling user from knowing there is an underlying file system.
- Has the common app ‘Install update’ I’ve come to expect using Apple and Android tablets and phones. Somehow most of the apps I use are short and sweet single-purpose. News, Photos, Calendar, Skype, Media Center… just click the big icon (smart tile) and I’m instantly in the app. (Windows RT)
- Fallback to old ways is easy.. click Desktop and voila.
- Learning curve was very very short. The minimalist design works –incredible for someone like myself that normally likes a zillion features.
- IE10 and VS2012.. nicely allowing me to keep up my developer skills with latest HTML5 / CSS3 support. VS2012 is awesome –multi-monitor support to name one feature.
- People app gives me quick view into all my contacts and follows/follwers.. may just take over as my favourite Twitter client.
- Can’t (yet) change Sources for News –I want to eliminate Sports sources for example.
- Had to add Windows Media Center manually.. easy, but expected it to be seamlessly built-in –you know: Convergence.. whatever happened to that…
that’s all for now….