I tried out the Windows 8.1 preview today.
I was going to write a bunch of stuff about how it's generally good, but some of the technical details are sloppy, but the OS didn't really excite me overall.
So rather than write eloquently (Pfft who does that anymore), let's say the same thing in bullet points.
The DPI scaling is excellent, automatic driver installation is excellent, animations on my goddamn Intel 945 are fluid (and excellent), my entire suite of preferred cross-platform applications run excellently, the task manager is surprisingly excellent for at-a-glance information but falls unexcellently flat in giving details, getting to the desktop search is long-winded (Not so excellent) and the thing doesn't turn up useful results in the first place (Needs more excellent), my system can't shut down properly and just sits there with the screen off (HILARIOUSLY far from excellent), I browsed the app store but didn't like anything I saw enough to install it (Tellingly un-excellent), and the filesystem is a mother[censored]ing disaster. (NOT. EXCELLENT.) Also, I have not tried any, but I have seen evidence that 32-bit Windows 8 includes a 16-bit compatibility layer that should be able to run Windows 3 programs well. A game of SimTower right about now would be... Um... What's the word? Oh, yeah! Excellent.
So, I've come to the conclusion that there's nothing actually wrong with Windows 8 as long as you're going to passively avoid apps anyways, but the whole thing isn't compelling enough to get people to switch. Also, RT would be useless to me.
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