I installed Windows 8 developer release today at work. Some of my beginning perspectives is this is not for the business environment. My test environment is a dell E6500 notebook and a little tablet pc with an atom processor. Both devices seemed to load Windows 8 just fine no hick ups or errors. The initial install is quite similar to Windows 7.
The interface looks almost exactly like Windows phone 7 and it seems kind of awkward on a mouse driven PC. The start menu is gone. The tile window has become the new start menu. When you switch to any app or the desktop to get back you either have to hit the windows key, which will take you back to the tile start screen, or you have to move the mouse to the bottom left which will give you 5 options. The control panel looks different and truly does not have much practical use from a tech side, but I can see it helpful for a regular home user. It has similar options like wireless but instead of being able to configure profiles it has options to turn wifi on/off and turn on airplane mode on/off. Have no fear though, the Windows 7 control panel is still there if you scroll to the bottom of the superficial one it gives the option for “More Options”. This takes you to the desktop and opens the Windows 7/vista style control panel.
Wireless profiles took me some time to figure out because I was looking for them on the tablet and it does not seem to work as expected yet. To access the wireless profile area, you are supposed to be able to get to it from the network area on the task bar, usually depicted as a monitor or a little 5 bar wireless signal. It is no longer in network sharing area with the little manage wireless networks link. You click the little network icon on the task bar it opens a tile like window and you click the wireless network of your choice. At this point, you right click to access the properties/delete and a couple other options. On the tablet however the holding your finger down to right click did not seem to be functioning or at least my fat fingers could not get it to work.
They also seemed to have removed the ability to shutdown or I was not able to find it. To log off you click your picture on the top right hand side of the tile window. You can also switch user add users and such from this location also.
Overall, from the little bit I have been able to mess with it, it seems clean looking but blocky and not really appealing visually. Windows 7 had all of the rounded edges and was visually appealing even if it was kind of a resource hog. Windows 8 is significantly quicker from what I can tell and is visually bright/sharp but not very nice to look at due to all the squareness. For the more technical aspects of the operating system such as putting the computer on the domain manually or getting to the functions that techy types would use seems more burdensome by making you have to click significantly more times to get to commonly used control panel functions.
Anyone else want to share their experience? If so, post in the comments below.