How Much Will You Really Use the New Windows 8 UI on a Desktop/Laptop?

  • I play light and casual games.
  • I don’t bother with cable, I rely on Neflix and Hulu primarily.
  • While working I use TuneIn for my music needs in the background.
  • I use Microsoft Office for formatting some of my posts before putting them into WordPress.
  • I use Paint for basic image resizing and other stuff— yah my needs are basic for image editing.
  • I browse the net, do things like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • The only things that I really can’t rely on the new UI for are Paint and Office. Just about everything else I CAN do in the Start UI. That being said, just because you can do it in the UI doesn’t mean the experience is BETTER than using the desktop. I’ll be honest– I’m not sold on browsing within Windows 8 Start UI. Where I am impressed is things like Netflix, TuneIn and Hulu Plus. Since all my TVs are hooked up to streaming boxes and/or my main PC, I use the Hulu and Netflix apps a lot. I think as a media and entertainment portal, Windows 8 Start UI is world’s better than Windows 8’s desktop and a traditional browser. While I’ve enjoyed the speed upgrades in Windows 8 all along, I’ve been a skeptic about how useful this new-fangled UI is for desktop users. That skepticism is melting away. Apps that act as quick portals to the web are useful, and somehow just seems easier and more intuitive than using a browser and bookmarks. How about any of our readers? Have you upgraded to Windows 8? If so, how much time do you spend in the new UI, or does the desktop still get most of your attention?]]>

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