Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Windows 8: Starting to Grow On Me

I've been running Windows 8 for a while now, and we just got two new laptops that came with it.

There's really no reason I can see why not to run it. The missing start button is no big deal, and yeah, the Metro interface pretty much blows, but overall it's a worthy successor to Windows 7 for a few compelling reasons.

The main reason I like it over Windows 7 it is that they kept the trend of slimming Windows down. Windows 8 is leaner and meaner than Windows 7. They kept with the optimizations and performance enhancements they started with Vista. I see a noticeable performance difference between the two. I also think it looks better "flat." Aero glass always seemed idiotic to me. Part of what I do for a living is design user interfaces, so I appreciate the minimalist design trend I see with Windows 8. Ok, other than them starting to put the menus in CAPs - that's just lame.

There's a couple other neat features like the product key built into the BIOS now for new Windows 8 machines. Take a brand new machine and blow out Windows and when it re-installs, it won't ask you for a product key.

The missus has used hotmail for 15 years, so having it built into Windows is perfect for her. She actually likes Metro, which isn't surprising because it was pretty much designed for her.

So ... it's a compelling upgrade just for the performance tweaks alone, but we'd probably run it either way. There's no stopping progress, and I'm already almost a dinosaur, so, I surrender.

I had some problems early on with VMWare running Windows 8, but I have those issues mostly solved, mostly by just running VirtualBox instead. But I now have perfectly stable and badass installs of Server 2012 and Windows 8 for development.

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