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My first week with Windows 8: Part 2

My first week with Windows 8: Part 2

Continuing our article on Windows 8, in this second and final part will describe my experience using the new operating system in a couple of personal computers where I installed it.

The user experience in Windows 8

If anything has become famous Windows is intuitive visual user interface, with which you can access everything with a single click. The new user Interface of in an effort to maximize space for has partly lost its access with a single click, and now have to resort more often to anticlick, and trackball mouse.

Mouse versus touchpad touchscreen

In theory Windows 8 receives with open arms to users who have computers with touch screens, and many of the changes in the user interface are designed for them. But that does not mean it is not friendly to users who have computers with mouse and/or touchpad.

Traditionally the touchpad is more laborious to use in relation to the mouse, and this situation is not improving with Windows 8, though I should mention that stays the same relationship as in earlier versions of Windows. What if I criticize Microsoft is to have greatly increased the number of clicks, anticlicks, drag and scroll mouse / touchpad in relation to those required by earlier versions of the operating system.

The new user interface versus the classic desktop

I will not deny, but the new user interface clean and simple Windows 8 feels like a work environment very calm and quiet, something not seen since the days of MS-DOS. For a user accustomed to the hustle and continuous distractions present in the classic Windows desktop, is to travel to a remote, quiet and small town, a nice place to vacation, but nothing like your home in the bustling city, where there is also a work center and source of income.

I felt much more comfortable using the classic desktop applications designed for him, as they require fewer pulses mouse. The keep, is in my view the best decision I took Microsoft, since leaving the classic desktop would have been a grave mistake, because everything requires a smooth transition.

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The new user interface of Windows 8

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Classic desktop interface on Windows 8.

I wish narrower joint operation between the classic and new desktop user interface of Windows 8, but I understand the decision of Microsoft in the future, when the new user interface matures, just the classic desktop could be eliminated, and the keep both interfaces “not so close” is perhaps a way of inviting a bit abrupt change.

Internet Explorer-style Windows 8

Internet Explorer looks simple and spacious under the new user interface, but this simplicity entails some loss of functionality. For example, the forward / back buttons do not have any option for such back directly to the page open for four or more pages back, requiring back neatly for each of the above pages open, a clear waste of time and bandwidth .

While it is a nice touch display web content in full screen is annoying recourse to right click even for tasks as simple as switching to another tab open, although I liked the option of anchoring sites in the browser itself.

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Is the new user interface of Windows 8 a fiasco?

It just is not true. While it has some drawbacks as mentioned throughout this article, I think Microsoft can work on polishing, especially in sections of the exchange between Windows 8, the number of them that can be displayed simultaneously on the screen and allow acomodemos and redimensionemos in our view.

Orientation toward touch screens although something to thank, it should be something to be able to turn on/off at will, or be automatically detected by the operating system, which should provide visual embellishments that make life easier for users mouse/touchpad, which are still the majority.

Such drawbacks make me think that at least initially be few application developers to launch applications Modern UI, and most of them continue to develop traditional desktop applications.


Windows 8 behaved very stable and its performance is seen very similar to Windows 7, which is a very good point, since in many cases a new operating system means lower performance on older machines, and I’ve seen the same performance in both a Windows 7 PC AMD FX-8120 as an AMD E-240 laptop.

In the next few weeks will realize a comparative pitting Windows 7 against Windows 8 on both computers, so check the most interesting aspects of the new OS, as its excellent time on / restart / off and feeling better performance; aspects like any good lover hardware and software I can not settle for what I see, but I prefer hard facts and pure and hard numbers, those who are influenced by any new sensation caused by something as important as a new version of the operating system .

In closing I must say that getting used to the new user interface is not a challenge, and that Windows 8 is a great operating system whose behavior has been exemplary, at least in this first week of use.

Link: My first week with Windows 8: Part 1

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