KiwiNZ:networkn:nathan:robjg63: Now that I have had win 8 on a non touch laptop for a while I would say that I dont find the metro front screen too useful - but popping classic shell onto it means I have mainly worked with the regular desktop.
Ignoring the metro part win 8 installed easily - runs quickly enough and has never hung up.
I was playing with a 4 yo injet printer the other day - I just plugged in the usb cable and was looking at something else and was surprised to find it just installed all the drivers without asking and just worked - nice.
The 'charms' are dumb - you dont intuitively know they are there and likewise - closing an app requires you to grab the top of the screen and drag to the bottom - who thought that up! - an X button is easier.
So maybe its stable and fast enough - bring on 8.1 - with a few tweaks it could be quite good.
X button would be ugly
leave the app running and let Windows 8 manage it
close the app by alt-f4 on keyboard like always
or use mouse/touch to close it down, by swiping down
personally i think that swipe down gesture is quite natural, to "throw" the app away
I can't disagree more strongly. Not ONE person I know of that uses windows 8 knew that pull down app meant close it. It's NOT intuitive. x has been universal since 3.11. I have used apps which put an X in Metro Apps and it doesn't change the look significantly. It's frustrating that MS has touted the use of features for 10+ years like the x and start menu and start button, to have a sudden turn around and say it's old and ugly and slow. The idea that to close an app requires the KEYBOARD when MS is pushing TOUCH so much, is beyond odd. Long Holding the title bar of the app (or where the titlebar would be) which resulted in a popup option to close or just hide app, is intuitive.
I don't want Windows managing my apps. I want them closed (If I specify to ensure content in them isn't visible to the next walk in user.
interesting, I knew the pull down to close from immediately after install.
Took me only a moment to find it. I'm dismayed when IT people claim that it is not intuitive and the suggestion of restoring the X is just plain silly and pandering.
Frankly, even kids (and some of those like myself at the opposite side of the age spectrum) know to explore the corners and sides of the screens for clues in touch oriented apps. I hit the top of the screen with the mouse cursor, saw a hand and pulled down - ah, so, it closes the app, easy.
While on the subject Win8 touch oriented full screen apps, why are some continually complaining about them? If you don't like touch oriented apps, don't use them and remove the default installed ones.