I get really frustrated reading all the misinformation around using Windows 8 on a PC with no touch input. I have been using Windows 8 previews since November 2011 and as my main OS since March 2012, so I think I have a decent perspective on the good and bad things about it. I thought I would build up a picture of what it is like to work with, in the hope of adding some real information to the largely speculative debate. In the coming days I will be adding new content regularly. I will steer away from videos, as we all know how Windows works, but I will post lots of screen shots, in the hope that some of you out there might stop equating Windows 8 with the one and only screen anyone ever shows – the new Start Menu.
It would be great to get some comments but I will be moderating them and if you cannot back up your words with real examples, your post won’t last long. I want this blog to be a useful resource based on actual experience. I will be completely objective about my own experiences and in my comparisons to other desktop environments, be it earlier versions of Windows or MacOS or Linux, all of which I have used for serious work at some time.
In fact, hardware/software is probably as good a place as any to start. My main PC is an Asus UX21E Zenbook, with a Core i7 CPU, integrated HD3000 graphics, 4Gb RAM and a super-fast 128Gb SSD. 90% of the time it is connected to an HD monitor and a 1Tb USB 3 HDD, as well as a wireless keyboard and mouse. I use it to run Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, Xara Designer Pro X, Autodesk Combustion and a number of music applications, including Synapse Audio Orion, SynthEdit and Sony Soundforge. It has been running Windows 8 since March. I also have a 4 year old Dell M4400 with Core2Duo, QuadroFX graphics and 2xSSDs that still runs 3DS Max (cannot transfer the license) on Windows XP, plus an Atom-powered Sony Vaio P Series which was the first of them to get Win8. I work at one of Australia’s TV networks as a Broadcast Designer and I work on a MacPro there.
So, onward and upward for here. Stay tuned for my overview of Windows 8 on a laptop.