I worked with the Developer Preview a lot and after the novelty wore off I found the interface clunky and counter-intuitive for any machine without a touch screen. I went back to 7 on those machines. Hopefully the Consumer Preview has fixed a lot of those issues, I'll see when I install it within the next few days.
I think it'll be a long while before I have a Windows PC with a touchscreen though. Considering the fact that my main computer has a 32-inch screen, I don't think it would make much sense to make it touch-capable. I also much prefer notebooks to tablets, more power, resolution, more precision with an external mouse, and if I want to touch something I'll play with my iPhone or GPS receiver. I think that real work machines (in the majority of situations) require a keyboard and a mouse. That is where Windows 8 is failing, so far. Granted, I have not installed the Consumer Preview just yet, but based on my experience with the Developer Preview, normal applications (as opposed to the Metro "apps") are harder to access, and the Metro UI just ended up feeling out-of-place and slowed me down as I had to type in programs, click several more times, instead of just going to the start menu, meanwhile watching flashy graphics while the Metro UI activates/deactivates.
Granted, just like Vista and 7, I'll probably get 8, might invest in some touchscreen/tablet on the side, if it's worthwhile, but for now it's all just novelty. I guess Microsoft's main goal for Win 8 is to replace iOS, Android and the likes. I think that Windows has a much greater capability to do more things than those operating systems, yet full-blown Windows (and not the mobile variants) will require some full-fledged hardware, more powerful than most of today's phones, but who knows, maybe 8 will influence the phone hardware market, and improve our phone experiences (even moreso than now.)
Yeah Wolf, I remember those XP days with the start menu. Absolutely terrible. I remember for one thing you had to change a setting in XP to make the programs scroll, as when the menu got full, it would go off of the screen. Even with scrolling, might as well go get you a cup of coffee if you need to access a program in the R-Z range. Vista/7's start menu search is great, couldn't/wouldn't go without it these days...
EDIT: Oh, the Windows 8 Task Manager is actually pretty nifty. It's almost as good as something like Sysinternals Process Explorer or Autoruns. Though, if you want the old-fashioned variety, I found that declining the UAC prompt when you open the task manager in the DP would give you the old one (of course, might not work with UAC disabled and/or on lower level than maximum.) The other way to get it was to disable Metro altogether via registry or renaming/deleting a dll. Though both of those methods disabled the new task manager and also caused other issues, watermarks, etc.
Which reminds me, this is off-topic, but those of you that want to disable the Windows 7 boot animation (for faster startup, especially if you're on an SSD,) simply rename/delete bootres.dll in the system32 folder. It will give you the old Vista-style (which is basically the same as XP except green) loading bar.
Edited by SyphonPayne, 03 March 2012 - 05:44 AM.