Wow, it’s an operating system. Cool..
The new GUI..
Like playing an intransigent sliding block puzzle which looks like a ‘Craps’ table. Make the icons smaller and move them around. They move but not always to where you expect or hope. Useless for desktop users who don’t have a touchscreen, and the green background? Who decided on that? It isn’t even a nice green.
Click on ‘desktop’ and you get a more familiar view. Click on the Windows icon and you are back on the ‘Craps’ table. Please tell me that the finished version will NOT do this.
Have you tried ‘Copper’? The name change is the least of it’s problems. Tinker was a cute game with old storybook type graphics. The new one is kind of 3D, and looks like a stop motion plasticene character. Kids programs on Treehouse TV are going the same way and losing a great deal of charm in the process. Instruction for moving the robot are based around ‘swiping’ it. I felt like swiping the entire game in the direction of OFF.
Labyrinth was a game in the XP Plus pack. It was a decent game. If this one is close to the finished game, forget it.
Much of it appears to rely on the ability to ‘swipe’. I could get to dislike that word very quickly.
I think that Windows 7 lost soul during the transition from Vista. Its saving grace was that it worked better than Vista. Windows 8 will have to perform very well indeed to overcome the almost total lack of soul, and I can’t see it doing that presently.
The preview is running in VMWare 8, the trial version so I don’t have too long with it unless I can get VirtualBox to run it. So far, all attempts have ended in errors.
I didn’t expect performance, but I did expect changes. If the changes I see are implemented as they appear now, I will be staying with Windows 7. I want a desktop OS, not a converted cellphone OS. My guess is that cellphone people feel the same way but from the other direction.
For now, a definite thumbs down on the new UI or anything associated with it. As for the rest, if it gives me a view of folders and files that I am used to seeing, connects me to external devices like printers and external drives, and lets me use a $100 keyboard and mouse combo in the way that they were intended to be used, that is fine by me..