Impressions on Windows 8 Beta (Consumer Preview): Not sure if it is because I have a lack of desktop applications and don’t want to install them at this point, or that Microsoft have done their work well, but I seem to spend (want to spend) more time in the Metro Interface than the Desktop when in that mode. But once out of Metro and back in Desktop, I just don’t want to go back, but the bloody start screen always gets me back there. Metro seems to be serious waste of screen real estate when using a Laptop, because there is little reason to have all that free space, when icons, buttons or screen elements could be put there.
Metro IE 10 is good and works as good as my trusty Opera, so once in Metro world, going back to Desktop just to have Opera feels disconcerting.
Metro is a bit boring. Full screen all the time with slow(er) internet connectivity and the nonsensical requirement to login (Windows Live) to almost every app on the system is just annoying.
The App Store is pretty neat. I found a nice WordPress App to install and it works pretty well.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is looking solid, but I wish my recommendations from my Wishlist article could have been implemented. Jumping between worlds is still not that fun in the long run. I’m going to install more desktop applications, e.g. Netbeans and SVN Tools, to see how productivity feels like with all the current changes.