Windows 8 Pro – My Thoughts & Review So Far

Windows 8 is a very integrated type of OS, it’s what made me excited about Maemo back when I first got my Nokia N9. It’s been something many companies have been trying to do for a long time.

Remove the need for so many apps, and integrate all the things people really use often tightly with the operating system. It’s something phone operating systems like iOS and Android have come along with much further than desktop versions (so far). But with Windows 8, things are changing. There’s finally a truly cross device OS with a seamless experience on your phone, your tablet and your desktop.

Plus you login directly to the OS itself using your Windows Live/MSN account – pretty convenient! The thing which everyone talks about, and works so beautifully on touch screen appliances is the Metro UI Start Center. It’s an extremely visual and self explanatory representation of what you might want to on your computer.

Windows 8 Metro UI

And the integration works really well, once you’ve connected your Gmail account you get your contacts in the People Center and your e-mail in the rather good looking e-mail client (Along with your Hotmail account of course).

Windows 8 Integrated E-mail

The part I really enjoy is the What’s new section of the People Center where it combines all your streams and shows you what’s going on, including pictures from Twitter and Facebook.

Windows 8 - What's New

This works especially well on a tablet as you scroll across the stream, it’s cool on a desktop too and something great to have on a 2nd or 3rd monitor – rather than having to always open the Facebook and Twitter websites.

Microsoft has spent a lot of time simplifying things too and making them more visually obvious, Windows has had almost all the features Apple Mac OSX fanboys tout as revolutionary for YEARS – they just haven’t packaged them so nicely and given them fancy monikers like “Time Machine”.

Now they are starting to do that so I’m guessing a whole lot more people with start seeing the power of Windows. Take the app updates for example, so much more pleasant than the current Windows Update.

Windows 8 - App Updates

Of course there’s a plain old Desktop mode too if you’re into that sort of thing – it’s also more effective to use on a non-touchscreen device.

Windows 8 Desktop

For those who bought a Windows 7 PC from June 2 onwards, you can upgrade to Windows 8 for just $14.99USD (~RM49.92). For more info check out www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.

I honestly haven’t used Windows 8 Pro on a day to day basis for an extended period, so I can’t comment on the nitty gritty parts of the OS – but if it’s as stable as Windows 7, there won’t be any issues.

If you want to grab a new desktop and install Windows 8 or upgrade your existing rig to Windows 8, you can purchase it at USD39.99 (RM122). For more, logon to windows.my. If you want to buy at a regular retailer you can do so for RM229, these special prices are only valid until January 31st 2013.

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4 Responses to Windows 8 Pro – My Thoughts & Review So Far

  1. Ngan Tengyuen December 9, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I love the metro UI, I can see that this is the new tech style. Google Play and YouTube both have similar styling. Reminds me of Apple’s UI in the 2000, where drop shadow and cute icons are the in thing.

  2. hanuman December 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Johnny Come Lately as always on the App Store . .while this is absolutely great for a single user enduser consumer level. This is a problem in the same market in the iTune app store as well as for the other channel (Android, Google, BanN, Amazon and now Windows) when it comes to Enterprise apps entitlement . It is a bloody nightmare sorting this out when an employee needs an app from the App Store for enterprise use. There is no provision for a proper enterprise purchase .. THERE IS NONE.
    Apple, Microsoft, Amaxon .. whoever .. need to factor in ENTERPRISE purchase and entitlement. I bet you if you look into the 40 mill Win8 initial launch purchase .. how many of those were Enterprise Software Assurance entitlement ..

  3. KY December 13, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    the DELL 23″ touch screen monitor looks very enticing now

  4. Anton January 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Just days ago I’ve finished an article about my own thoughts on Windows 8. Overall, the system is good, but definitely not for my netbook – as its main focus are the tablets, so I think their owners can enjoy all the delights of the system. For others, the system is somewhat irrational, because the level of usability is low.