Looks like Microsoft is sticking with keeping things "Simple" for once.
Windows 8 has a few new features like being able to send large video files through its e-mail application.
It still works with some older programs.
Also there is a major debate over the "Start" button removal Some like the removal others do not while some say the new Start "Metro Style is bad for those with PCs" and others state, they like the ability to see all there programs. All one needs to do is use the scroll wheel.
I will admit it will take some getting used to.
Things that have not changed is the clumsy and slow Live Video Editor that really needs to be improved.
oh and they removed the DVD Maker option as well.
The entire system loads even onto a 40 gig HDD and still leave you room for some videos and what not.
But then if you are a wise person, you would never store everything to your main HDD.
I am neutral at the moment I know that When they come out with something like this, Microsoft usually removes some features or will ad a few.
The bad side, with it being a smaller "foot print" that leaves it wide open for a great deal more of "Junk Ware" that will be sent on a new device.
One other thought that comes to mind.
How will MS handle the licensing?
Will it a be a license per unit? meaning the Catch 22 where we will need a new license to load on to each device or computer, or will it be a license that covers all computers in the house?
As for me the biggest surprise came when I could e-mail a video. to family and friends.
No more posting videos on Face book.
The operating system does require you to put in a key code even before you can decide on how to format the HDD. they don't use the check mark any more either, instead the test in the "Next button" becomes darker. in other words, no key code , no go.
The system boots about the same speed.
If you have an MSN account you can use that so you can use the store Application.
But if you want to keep the DVD Maker, I suggest you keep What ever Windows version you have.
So far there has been no mention of an "elite" or Ultimate" Version. when it boots it just says Consumer preview.
My feelings and opinions are mixed . As I am sure that there are others that have the same concerns as I do.
But, what it comes down to is how well do you handle change.
There are two kinds of people. Ones that welcome change and those that can not welcome change.
Oh I forgot to mention. It will even Mount ISO files.
that means you can create Virtual disks.which means that if you have an install disk , You can make an Image of that disk, put it to an SD card and re-mount it to the device you are using.
and install and or use the software like How I am using my ancient ISO of Print Master Gold. now that my friend, is something to consider. But remember, Not all Disks can be used in this manner.
Well this is all for my review of Windows 8.
You will either "Love it" or "Hate it".
As for me I will try to keep an open mind.