OK I finally managed to create a bootable USB and install it onto my Win 7 tablet/slate/woteva.
I did a clean install as Win 7 was basically useless on that form factor anyway.
I also had the opportunity to play with Win 8 on a mate's desktop.
Here's what I found:
Firstly, this build at least, is much better suited to a touch device. There were things that were unable to be accessed on desktop that were easy on the tab. Most notably the black bar on the right hand side of the screen. Actually anything in the apps that requires swiping in from the side of the screen - such as in app options - is accessible on the tab but we couldn't get it happening on the desktop.
I have found it to be very responsive on both desktop and tab, it's certainly a nippy little system.
I agree with the complaints that the power options need to be more immediately available rather than having to log off then swipe up to get to them. However, once again on the tab these can be accessed by going to settings on the side bar. That's still too many steps though, these controls should sit on the start screen somewhere.
We found another annoyance on the ndesktop when trying to burn a DVD. The "Burn Disc" option is hidden under "Share" in the new Windows Explorer. I suppose this makes sense in a certain way but it's not as intuitive as having that option appear. It's such a common task, you shouldn't have to hunt for it.
There's a heap of other problems we found that were less significant.
Just a reminder though that this is merely the developer's preview. I suspect that a lot of these issues will be addressed by the time we get to the Beta and certainly by the final release. We've gotta do our bit though and let Microsoft know what we're not happy with, just bitching about it here is ineffectual.
Since writing this I have found out about the keyboard shortcuts that bring most of the functionality of the touch experience to the desktop. This doesn't change the fact that it is still a better experience using touch over traditional but I thought I should acknowledge that. Hopefully this situation will be remedied in future releases as keyboard shortcuts aren't really handy for the average user.
Edited by zygote, 15 September 2011 - 04:14 AM.