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infuse01 says

Now it has been a few months since Windows 8 is available for the masses. Personally I hadn’t any chance to proper test this OS. I’ve only playing with it a bit and have seen it recently in some videos on youtube and vimeo.

Since I’m in the progress now of buying a new Notebook (Ultrabook) which comes with windows 8 pre-installed I thought to collect some more infos before I go for it. And which place is better then here on the forums where the most of you probably have the same software and also the same progress in use?

So I would love to get some insights from you, especially on:

  • Adobe Creative Suite, does it run properly? Any remarkable difference between win7 and win8?
  • Web Browsing and File Browsing – is there any noteable difference, expect the UI. Would you say you need more clicks to find a specific file as in previous versions?
  • Communication, I expect that Skype, Windows Mail or similar run smoothly, but just in case is there any difference?
  • General Experience, what’s your toughts on this? Is it really remarkable faster? Does it crash more often as win7 (where I have to admit that win7 has never crashed so far for me)? Is it more complicated to navigate with mouse and keyboard (in daily use)

Questions, over questions, so many of them.

As I said above I’m pretty sure no saleman could help me any better since he/she wouldn’t be used to the specific needs of a webdesigner/developer. So therefore I would truly appreciate any deeper insights from you.

Thank you very much in advance.

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xiaoali says

I’ve been using Windows 8 since it’s release. I absolutely love it. Quite frankly, I think it’s better than 7. I like the quick access the start page gives me when I choose to use it.

I run the whole creative suite cs6 fine, no issues so far. I am constantly jumping back and forth from AI, PS and Ae. I don’t use skype very much, but i can’t image it being that different. It does have it’s own modern app, so you can probably check into reviews. I haven’t really had this laptop crash on me in 8 yet. A lot of the touch gestures will be doable via the track pad… like swipe from right side in to get the charm bar, left side in to get recent apps, and etc. I can’t get it to work properly since I’m running a Lenovo w530 and had Win 7 bundled with it.. seems like Lenovo hasn’t fully supported Win 8 yet. But ultra books are different, and newer laptops shouldn’t have this issue.

Overall I recommend it. I don’t miss the start menu, file browsing is no different, apps run fine.. and i actually like all the metro apps.

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Pricop says

The desktop part remained pretty much the same, the Explorer got the Ribbon UI, no noticeable difference between them, except that the Win 8 windows are uglier than those from Win 7, the major change is the Start Menu, which comes as full screen now and might be frustrating/annoying to use, after almost a year of using Windows 8 (used like 3 or 4 betas before the final release), I’m fine with the new Start menu, yet – the old one was much more fast to use, this one is definitely disabled for touch devices.

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ZoomIt says

Pluses:

Windows 8 starts twice faster then 7

The UI is a little bit better

Minuses:

The tablet experience on a desktop …

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infuse01 says

Wow…cheers guys. Thats what I’m saying – there is no place to get better feedback on such topics like here :)

Your feedback actually made me stronger in my decision and actually I’m now REALLY excited to get my hands on. Would love to walk to the store now to get it but it’s sunday early in the morning :D

I’m looking forward to have this in daily use, and I’ve already read about “Start8” a pretty handy tool if everthing fails and I want the startmenu back. That little backup gives me as well some confidence that I should not stick with the old but better progress to the new.

Anyone also have some experience with sync stuff like files with a tablet? Is there any special software integrated in win8 – something like iTunes?

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davidossahdez says

This is funny but I hate with my entire soul the new Start Menu. You need to be logged in every sh** that Windows 8 brings to you. I mean, for my point of view, Windows 8 is for Social Mediaholics, not for normal users. WE NEED THE OLD WINDOWS BUTTON! By the way, the UI it’s awesome. I really loved it. All the apps run fine, except Nuke, that it’s no supported yet.

I did a downgrade because my Desktop Workstation’s drivers don’t support Windows 8, so my computer doesn’t turn off. It stay running after press the shutdown command. :depressed:
Also, they hided the Control Panel so it took me like one day to found my way to configure it :P

I also recommend it. But I’ll wait until it’s completly developed and tested. Windows 8 was release for the holidays season but it was not finished 100%. It was a good bussines move, but for me that little bugs are pretty annoying

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TNL3542 says

i agree with you.. the start menu is stupid.. but it does take some getting used to .. i was finally able to get my wife to let me update her computer to windows 8.. now she loves it

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Pricop says

[...] I’ve already read about “Start8” a pretty handy tool if everthing fails and I want the startmenu back [...]

Yes, Start8 is the best option available at the moment, and a license it’s only $5, I would’ve get it myself, but they don’t have support for multi-display set-up.

Update: Now it actually works on multi-display set-up, I’ve installed and it’s just perfect, it looks ‘native’.

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christopherjon says

Buy it. You wont regret it.

I actually like the new start page. It’s like a giant cell phone that’s constantly updating information.

Most of my time is spent on the desktop so it’s not really any different than Win7, minus the start menu.

Not everything is perfect but that could be said of any OS. Some changes will probably drive you absolutely bonkers until you figure out the new win8 way of doing things.

I’d like the old Zune back. I’m not in love with the new xbox music.

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Typps says

Agree to pretty much everything said here. If your getting a new computer then you’d most likely want win8 because this is where the innovation is. Microsoft will be concentrating all their love and efforts here. All win7 will get from this point on is simply updates and support.

Applications remain to be one of the top factors when choosing an OS and devs are going to be targeting win8 and the win8 app store. You cant write/run winRT apps on windows 7. Also keep in mind that IE10 is main stream now and AFAIK it’s only available in release preview for win7. I don’t like how IE get’s tied down to the OS, but there is quite a big disconnect here. This is yet more incentive to get win8 and go for the real deal.

You can still do whatever you were doing on win7, on win8 but the same is not true vice versa. Your fortunate to be getting a new computer already, so go for what’s current ^^

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