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My first week with Windows 8: Part 1

My first week with Windows 8: Part 1

Today marks the seventh day of the launch of the operating system RTM, and though this operating system has received harsh criticism from some developers of games and applications, I decided to try the latest in operating systems offered by Microsoft.

I proceeded to download the evaluation version of Windows 8 Enterprise, since it offers a trial period of 90 days, more than enough to decide if it is worth purchasing this new operating system.

first impressions

After an installation process very similar to Windows 7, I found the dreaded new “Start” in Windows 8, which immediately reminded me of the ancient old program manager of Windows 3.1, but full screen version; I thought that if fashion is recycled, why not do a feature that was also as functional in their time?

The first thing I did was open some Windows 8 apps (or or Metro), to immediately realize the similarities with the old Windows 3.1 will end there, no applications to minimize any choice, I can only limit myself to closing or opening a new one, at this point I found the first drawbacks of the new user Interface of Windows 8.

New Home

I found it works very similar to the start menu of previous Windows versions (from Windows 95 to Windows 7), simply point the mouse to the bottom left of the screen to access it, but it looks like the program manager, operation remains “alive” in the bar seen gadgets Windows Vista / 7, it is also easy to customize by adding your favorite applications and removing those that do not use.

Sincerely encounter many unfounded fears aroused by the new user interface. Yes, it’s something different, but it is very difficult to adjust.

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A simplified working environment

Windows 8 applications open by default in full screen mode and show none of the classic buttons minimize / maximize / restore / close, luckily during installation details how to deal with the new environment, so I was nothing complicated to use the corners of the screen, or drag down the application to close.

The apps to full screen and without controls, bars, and menus, without doubt offers a larger work area, and fewer distractions, it provided focus your attention on a particular application, but if there is any reason why Windows replaced the old MS-DOS and quiet single-tasking environment, was his highly productive multitasking.

What happened to multitasking?

Could quickly achieve display up to two Windows 8 applications simultaneously on screen, and then disappoint by failing to show more of them simultaneously, or to resize my taste the size of the tiles on which they are contained. Well, the new multitasking is duo task Very bad Microsoft!

Commonly working with many applications open simultaneously, for example, to write articles as they are reading, I have opened a word processor, the notebook for some pieces of text, a couple of web browsers (one to display the editor for the Blog CHW and another to show some online TV channel or watch videos on Youtube), some windows messaging, and of course, the clock handy taskbar. Not to mention that I keep many more applications open and all wholly or partially visible.

Given a scenario like the above, Windows 8 applications simply can not match the functionality of traditional desktop, which fortunately still exists in Windows 8, so the above limitations only affect applications Windows 8, but not the traditional .

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Switch between active tasks

Windows 8 is not very good at showing Windows 8 active applications, its new “taskbar” has a very limited capacity in showing all running applications to begin with is not capable of displaying traditional individual desktop applications, and is limited to the dimensions of the screen. For example I opened the present 18 applications Windows 8 Start, but the taskbar just showed me the last six applications opened, it is practically impossible to go into any of the previously open.

In favor of it I can mention that it is very convenient miniature representation of open applications, and certainly favors the few users working with applications open at once, but I think that this limitation is not very difficult to fix. Microsoft have pending task!

The taskbar traditional desktop worked equally well in Windows 7, so it would not be worth talking about it.

We invite you to read the second part of this article.

Link: My first week with Windows 8: Part 2

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