Sapien IT installed a release version of Windows 8 and explored some of the new features:
- Slick install experience similar to Windows 7.
- Machine requirements are same as Windows 7, so if you have a Windows 7 machine, you should be good to go in terms of hardware.
- Start menu has been re-developed in to a full featured application.
- Ribbon bar concept from Office 2010 has been adopted within other aspects of windows.
- Applications run in full-screen by default.
- Knowing how to access the “Start menu” shortcut by pressing ctrl-esc or hitting the windows key if you have a windows key on your keyboard will help you.
- Think of the start menu as its own application. The start menu was always quite powerful but underutilised as it only had a small amount of space.
- Reading some articles on-line help. cnet has a good article reviewing Windows 8 here.
- If you want the “old” start menu back to ease your transition, there are some good links here.
"Unless you are looking to take advantage of Windows 8 for some specific feature, we suggest that you wait until Windows 8 SP1 before looking at Windows 8 seriously. If you are switching from Windows XP and Office 2007, then your learning curve will be very steep. Windows 7 and Office 2010 users will have less of a learning curve.
"Sapien IT can help you set up a copy of Windows 8 on your existing computer so you can explore without disrupting your current systems."