Windows 8 on desktop: First Impressions

- A lot of people lately have been saying that the start menu isn't as jarring as people make it out to be. Well, they're wrong. I spend most of my time in full screen apps anyways so I was somewhat undecided about this one. It took about three minutes to realize how damningly inefficient it is to go into a full screen metro ui every time you want to launch an application that isn't on your taskbar. I might eventually get more comfortable with using the start menu, but it's never going to work as well with the desktop as the old one did.

- Is there no universal search function anymore? Why did they break it into three parts?

- The new hot corners have become more of a nuisance than a feature. I find myself frequently hovering over them by accident and having the thumbnail pop-up, and sometimes even clicking them by mistake.

- What the hell happened to aero peek?! This was one of my favorite features in Windows 7, and now it's gone. You can only click the hot corner for the desktop to (permanently) appear.

- Charms are really clunky. There doesn't appear to be any click through navigation back to the charms bar once you've selected an item, so you have to hover back over a hot corner each time and wait for it to animate again. Doesn't seem very intuitive.

- Right click to bring up all applications in the start menu seems inefficient. There should really just be a link already on the start menu to bring me there.

- Maybe it's just my machine but the default metro applications take an eternity to load.

- Desktop applications on the start menu is a mess. The iconography is jarring, especially with all the documentation that accompanies some desktop applications. Every time you install something new everything gets pinned.

- I don't understand what the point of the minimize function is on the start menu. Same thing goes for the lock screen ( I know it makes sense for tablets but it's another needless click through on the desktop).

- While I think Microsoft still has a long ways to go as far as aesthetics are concerned, they have made some nice improvements. Buttons, checkboxes, the scrollbar, min/max buttons, taskbar all have notable improvements.

- No more confirmation dialogue on deleting items is fantastic. UAC and replace dialogue boxes seem to be more friendly as well.