This week I installed Windows 8 on my main work desktop. I was mostly enticed by Hyper-V on the client. VirtualBox has served me surprisingly well for the past few years, but the Oracle splash screen was getting too hard to swallow.
Holy Kittens! Windows 8 was not an easy UI to love at first. The learning curve shocked me, and the amount of disorientation was a bit embarrassing. When I first started using Windows 8 I couldn’t even shutdown the machine, I had to open PowerShell to do so.
BTW – if you don’t already know PowerShell, yesterday was the time. If you manage Windows computers, you MUST learn this. Here’s a fun Lock Screen image to share this opinion (http://www.powershellmagazine.com/2012/09/28/windows-8-powershell-lock-screen/). Anyhow, on with the Win8 rant…
The move from iPhone to Windows Phone 7.5 took about a day to get over. The move from Windows 7 to Windows 8 has taken me a few days, but I can forgive that learning curve because I do like the new OS, and enjoy the features it brings. The shocking part for me is that I consider myself an experienced Windows user, and worry that the learning curve for the average Windows 8 user on computer with a keyboard and mouse will be, well, um, higher. My hope is that people are delighted by the stability, features and improvements enough to forgive the learning curve this OS requires. I know I am already happy, but even more excited to see what Surface feels like next month!