Please note, I did say different not bad, before I got to the now infamous Metro screen I was amazed by just how rapidly it did boot up. As you can imagine in my line of work I come across all manner of PC's with varying spec and features and over the months the incredibly fast boot of Window 8.1 has continued to impress me.
Well what about the Metro interface? My thoughts were, ‘well that's pretty’, followed by ‘what are they all for’?, ‘do I need them all’?, things are not together as I want them… pause… deep breath. It's a new operating system, some things have changed (more accurately the way some things look have changed) I had a think. The Metro interface is a full screen start menu, a customisable full screen start menu, a customisable full screen start menu with live tiles! You can use as many or as few of these as you like, but I love live tiles. Weather, local and international news, email, Twitter, Facebook, the list can go on and on. All being constantly updated, oh did I mention I love live tiles!
It's very easy to add or remove tiles with just a few clicks, they can be grouped together by just drag and drop, resize the tiles to make the more important or most used bigger and when you have them how you want them, you can label the group!
If you are still not feeling the love you can either click the desktop tile or make Windows 8.1 boot in desktop mode by default.
The search is so much more (I'm trying to think of a word that fits after more, but I think ‘more’ covers it). It is so easy, helpful and clear, more so than any previous Windows incarnation. I feel a lot of attention has been given to enable you to customize your Windows, your way!
…next week some of my favorite parts of Windows 8.