Most of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview reviews we’ve seen today came from tech blogs Microsoft seems to favour. (We were left out. Sniff!)But The New York Times’ gadget guru David Pogue also got to test out the new OS over the last week on a prototype Samsung tablet.
He likes it.
In his lengthy write up of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Pogue says the OS is amazing on a tablet, but doesn’t work as well on desktops and laptops. Instead, desktop users are forced to switch between the fancy new touch-based “Metro” look and the classic Windows 7-ish desktop we’re all used to.
Here are some highlights from Pogue:
- Touch gestures are smooth, responsive, and you can learn how to use them in less than a minute.
- Windows 8 takes all the best parts of Windows Phone 7 and adds the power of the desktop.
- Microsoft failed by not abandoning the old-school Windows look. But it was forced to do so for desktop and laptop users.