Why am I so annoyed? Because after installing and running Windows 8 I found that all the noise it is just that – NOISE!
I had to replace my production laptop, which was still functional but sluggish and a little bruised from being out in the field. I have a new laptop with Windows 7, and despite all the noise about Microsoft Windows 8 I’m taking the plunge.
After upgrading my laptop from Windows 7 to Microsoft Windows 8 Professional, I was presented with the lock screen. I hit the mouse button and was presented with the logon screen. I entered my credentials and logged into the new start page.
Now all this does look different, but come on people!
ReviewI think that Windows 8 should be called “Microsoft Windows 7 Redux.” “Microsoft Windows 7 New and Improved.” “Windows 8: ‘Hey I’m not ‘ME’ or ‘Vista.’” Windows 8 is worth it!
As for new features, the Windows 7 Start Menu is now replaced with a Windows 8 customizable Start Page. The Start Page does take work. Why does the Customizable Start Page take work? Because it you have to customize it! You can Add/Remove, Resize, and Group your tiles to your liking. Right Click in open area on the Start Page and bottom and you have the option to see “All Apps.”
Control Panel is still Control Panel. There is still a Desktop where you can create “Shortcuts.” On the Desktop you can still “Pin” Programs to the “Task Bar.” The left side of the screen gives you a peek at Open Areas. Control Tab and Windows Tab allows you to toggle between Open Areas.
Microsoft Windows 8 is totally intuitive. I am working so easily in it that I am not taking any notes. After less than 1 day, I am fully functional and have no need to rely on my original production laptop for backup. Windows 8 feels quicker and easier to maneuver than Windows 7. Like I said, it feels like an improved Windows 7. So that’s something you will have to determine on your own.
Don’t believe the noise!
My New Production Laptop:Dell Latitude E5510 ConnectWise
Intel Core i3 Kaseya
4 GB of Ram Sonicwall NetExtender
Microsoft Office 2010
CompatibilityWith Kaseya Live Connect it worked best with Firefox. I use all 3 browsers – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox. I find that each browser has certain websites and devices that it works better with, i.e., I like using Firefox when I am accessing a Sonicwall or Netgear switch directly.
I did have an issue with the Dell Sonicwall NetExtender. My SSL Portal has version 5. You will need version 6 to install it on Windows 8. No question you should verify that applications you use have support for Windows 8 before taking the plunge, but you have options. Stay tuned.
Have you tested out Windows 8 yet? If not, are you planning on it?
(Thanks to our tech, Riley, for posting about his experience.)