Now that Windows 8 Consumer Preview is with us, I have to say that in using for the past week Windows 8 on my Netbook and getting to grips with Metro UI in a work and play situation, I’m finding it easier to use on a PC opposed to just my Windows 7 Phone.
There are a few there are a few things I would like to see changed and improved upon, as in Email, Search, Shutdown, yes you can in Desktop area use Alt+F4 to bring up a Shutdown dialogue box, but this should be IMHO part of the option in Metro, but these are topics for another time.
However and love or hate the fact that the Start Menu Orb has gone in Win8, I like it in part but I know that corporate customers and a fair amount of home users will not, Startdock have created a really good option in Start8 which as you can see below adds not only a Start menu option but they make it blend in very well with the look of Windows 8.
Basically what it looks like it is doing to to combine the All Apps option in Metro, which shows all the apps loaded in a sideways scrolling list and the Search option in one menu it seems to work ok.
A big issue in the above is that the so called Start Menu addition in Start8 is actually in Windows 8 already, if you hover with mouse over the right hand lower area that you get a menu in which search is available and its the same the same thing.
Ok the Start8 menu is easier to get too but I would advise that you give the native Metro UI a go and in a short time of usage you will no doubt get used to it, I know i have.
I do hope that Microsoft give us a Metro Search Icon Tile as that would be perfect.
Download from HERE
Only works in Windows 8