First Look: Windows 8..buggy but interesting
It took about twenty minutes to install on a fairly low powered PC and I was greeted by the new Windows 8 Metro Interface..very similar to the UI on Windows Phone 7. This is a developer preview so there are quite a few rough edges..it is designed for developers to have a platform to start developing applications. Despite the glitches it is a good opportunity to take a peek into the future of Microsoft’s next OS scheduled for release late next year.
During the install I was asked for my Windows Live credentials and Windows 8 booted up synced with my Live account even to the point of using my Live Messenger avatar.
The Metro interface works best with a Tablet type device so I was a bit aprehensive how it would work with a keyboard and mouse. It took some getting used to especially figuring out how to use the mouse in places where a swipe is required. Moving the mouse to the lower left pops up what Microsoft calls charms to navigate to other apps.
The Metro Applications are borderless so instead of a swipe to move there is a scrollbar at the bottom for the mousebound. In fact there are no more windows in Windows unless you bore down to the traditional Windows UI underneath Metro.
Windows 8 is very social, the Facebook, Twitter and News apps are active so you can see the feeds scrolling through the tiles in real time. Clicking on the tile brings you to a deeper interface to access all the features the particular social network.
After a few hours I began to like the Metro UI..I could see how well it would work on a Tablet device. On a desktop using a mouse it is a little kludgy still..but it is after all only a preview and the very first one at that..we are almost a year of development away from the final product..a lot can change in that time..but the Metro UI is here to stay.
If you are the brave sort and would like to try the Windows 8 Developer preview you can download it here. Do not load this on a production machine..do not try to upgrade a Vista or Windows 7 installation. If you have a spare computer..Windows 8 is not very demanding…or know how to dual boot on your computer give it a try and let me know what you think, Is Microsoft on to something here?