This article is written from Windows 8 on a Acer Ferrari 5000 laptop I had stowed away. I installed it from USB key by following the guide I found at ghacks.net
My first impressions
Even though this is a very early version of Windows 8 I must say that I really like it. The Metro UI is just what I like with the collection of my most important apps and live feed/info in the tiles. It’s easy to use and after a few minutes playing around it feels like a natural way of navigating and interacting with the different apps. Of course the user experience is for sure much better on a touch enabled device but it is no problem using it from an old laptop with mouse and keyboard.
The startup time is also impressive, from this 4-5 years old laptop with no SSD it boots in 15-20 seconds! The boot time for Windows Vista (yeah I know..) that was previously installed took probably 1-2 minutes.
Tough I’m very excited about Windows 8 I must also add that it’s easy to see that this is an early version and I have experienced a few issues. For example while writing this article from WordPress it hang when I tried to insert images (had to do this from Windows 7) and sometimes it lags a bit (might be because of my the old laptop I’m running this on).
It is also nice to see that the Windows UI as we know it from Windows 7 is just a click away. It also looks like this part has gone through some polishing as well. Looks very similar to Office 2010 and I think that is good. Then you can use the Metro UI for your most common tasks and go behind this layer when doing more advanced stuff.
Windows 8 is also very resource friendly, Microsoft have reduced the number of core processes running and the memory usage is down 50%
Below you can see a screenshot from the new Task Manager displaying the performance monitor on this computer.
It will also be quite straight forward to modify your Windows Phone 7 apps to run on Windows 8. You can read this article to see how: Migrating a Windows Phone app to XAML. I will soon try to port the PinCodeKeeper WP7 app I created a while ago.
I’m impressed by all the things Microsoft have achieved lately and I’m looking forward to the official release of Windows 8.