I have been using Windows 8 for a few months now and I now feel that I can share what I found with day to day use of the new operating system.
Windows 8 looks and moves differently to all other windows (and pretty much any other operating system) I have come into contact with. Microsoft has nailed being different but is it backed up with the right stuff to make it a good system for day to day use?
After the initial wobbles with getting drivers sorted out Windows proved to be very stable when pushed. Compatibility was not an issue with most programs and once you had Windows Explorer open on the desktop things looked very familiar. I also liked the live tiles with the feedback and updates changing before my eyes as I sat there looking at the Start screen.
For the home user that has a touch enabled computer Windows 8 is a fun break from the norm. It looks very unique but some gamers and people that use old software may struggle with Windows 8. Take touch away and the experience gets a little dulled with the hot corners and sides that need to be activated by hovering the mouse in those areas makes using the system a bit awkward.
Installing some programs may not give you a desktop icon and sometimes you will not get one on the start screen which means you will have to hunt for the executable file and create a shortcut on the desktop.
Overall Windows 8 is easy and fun to use with a few wrinkles here and there. If you are a home user with a touchscreen desktop or laptop then I say go for it. If you are a business user then I would definitely recommend that you take advantage of the downgrade offer from Microsoft to install Windows 7 and get back that old friend that has stuck by you all this time.