I’ve been so busy helping clients, my Windows 8 research has fallen to the wayside. Until now! Keep in mind Windows 8 and anything running on it is in a test phase so all the issues I’m pointing out will hopefully be addressed in the final product!
Loading Windows 8 on my laptop was surprisingly easy, I’m writing this blog with Internet Explorer 10 (As Administrator with Compatibility turned on) running on Windows 8. I’m also able to print to my old Kodak printer. Now there are some caveats to consider.
I find it takes some getting used to the Metro Interface. One, Metro is so simple I feel a little lost Two, not all programs run in Metro. See a program running in Metro is called an App. A program running on the desktop side is simply a program.
Real world scenario: I want to do some research so I start browsing the web with the Internet Explorer APP. When I find something interesting and want to copy it to say, WordPad, I need to open WordPad on the desktop side because their isn’t a WordPad App… What makes it more difficult is the page you have open on the Internet Explorer App is not automatically open on desktop side. You can how ever tell the App to open the page “on the desktop”.
In trying to find a work around I downloaded the Evernote app and through it on a split screen. Evernote on the left, Internet Explorer on the right. Unfortunately the Evernote app does not scale or has hidden scroll bars as I can not see my actual notes! See the picture to the left and notice how everything on the Evernote side is cut off.
Summing up, I think the intent of Metro is to be used on a tablet device mainly for play while the desktop will still be the place to get actual work done on a pc or laptop. More later!