I just installed Windows 8 in a virtual machine to try it out and I have to say that I don’t like it very much. At least not when you have to click and when it’s running in a virtual machine. Windows 8 seems totally designed for a touch screen tablet interface, which is strange considering I would never upgrade since I will continue to use my desktop for a long time.
Overall, it’s not easy to perform tasks like you are used too in Windows 7. The new Metro-style interface, while cool, is really annoying when have to use it with a keyboard and mouse.
It would look great on an iPad or some other tablet I’m sure, but I think most users of Windows currently use a desktop. I really do hope their are two versions of Windows 8 as trying to combine the new interface with the old one is plain annoying. You can click on Desktop, for example, to get a the normal looking desktop you have in Windows 7. However, there is no longer a Start Menu! Instead you will see a Start Button-looking box at the bottom left, but when you click on it, it simply brings up the metro-style interface.
This is a HUGE change! Clicking it brings you back to the first screenshot above. Now when you click on one of the apps, you can view things like stock quotes, news, games, Twitter, etc. Apparently, these apps are like normal programs, so when you click on one and later “exit”, it really only minimizes it and doesn’t really end the process.
Now I’ve kind of strayed from the point of this article, which is that once you are in one of these apps, how the heck do you get out of it. It’s really annoying because it’s so meant for a tablet that it doesn’t even have a close, exit, or return button! If you have an iPhone or iPad, you know how this works. You have to press the button on the phone or iPad to exit the app and when you do, it technically does not end it, but just puts it into some kind of frozen state.
As you can see, there is nothing to click on to exit! So what if you have this installed on a Windows machine? How can you get out of it? Well it’s pretty simple! You have to press the Windows key on your keyboard!
That will exit you out of the app and bring you back one level. Whew! What a pain! And what if you have this installed on a Mac computer using VMWare Fusion? Well, instead of the Windows key, you press the Command key.
And since all the programs are never terminated, you can switch between then using ALT + TAB on a Windows machine. On a Mac computer, it’s actually the same (OPTION + TAB).
You won’t see any of the metro-style apps on your desktop like you would see a normal running program. At this point, I still can’t even figure out how to get to a simple program like Notepad without performing a search in Explorer. What are your thoughts on Windows 8 if you have installed it on a PC or Mac?