Solutions Through IT

March 21, 2013

Windows 8 and Office 2013–First Thoughts

Filed under: Microsoft, Office, Outlook, Ramblings, Review, Windows 8 — solutionsthroughit @ 18:01

I’ve setup my standing desk with Windows 8 and Office 2013, and am starting to get back into using it again (~16 hours in two days standing!).  Configuration is a Pentium E6300, with 4GB of RAM, and a GeForce 8800GTS.  It benches at 5.9 because of the non-SSD HDD, otherwise it would be at 6.2 (RAM/CPU).  So it’s not bleeding edge, but still fast enough!

Overall, I’m happy with the response and general usability, it will take a little time to get used to the new way of doing things, both good and bad.  Certain things, such as the new start menu (the tiles that you see everywhere) can be cumbersome to setup (right-click options are at the bottom of the screen) but once these things have been setup properly, you don’t have to change them often.

I’m not sure if this is going to be good for a “normal” user.  I’m fairly confident that I know how to get around a computer, so I don’t know if this is intuitively easy, or I can just “think” Microsoft better.  There will be a learning curve, but I think it will be down to the end user to decide how steep it is.  I think the basic Windows premise is more than present, the “OMG ITS DIFFERENT” aspect will be the biggest hurdle.

Office 2013 is a different story.  It’s mostly Office 2010, so if you’ve been using that for a while, you should be quite comfortable with using 2013, however, the colour scheme and menu’s take some adjusting to.  I REALLY don’t like the white, slightly darker white or a little bit more whiter as the only options for a colour scheme.

More to come.


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