I've been waiting to write about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, wondering if over time, the new user interface would grow on me. Now that I have spent the past couple of weeks trying it on a variety of machines, I still think the Metro UI looks quite good on a tablet. The operating system as a whole, however, is a bit awkward on a laptop and even worse on a desktop.
Microsoft has said that Windows 8 aims to be a "no compromise" operating system, focused on "and" instead of "or"—not a touch screen ora mouse and keyboard, but both together. It sounds great, but as I use it, I'm not quite convinced.
It's certainly improved since the developer preview. You can now use it successfully on a desktop or notebook, but I'm not sure why a typical desktop or notebook user with Windows 7 would upgrade to Windows 8.