I figured I'd post this here as I feel this definitely relevant to most of us. On February 29th, Microsoft made available for download a Consumer Preview of the next iteration of Windows in 32-bit and 64-bit versions after much fan fair. For those who will be purchasing a new rig to game on (desktop or otherwise) at the end of 2012, you will more than likely be seeing Windows 8 CP on it as MS plans to role out the OS sometime in Q4 and in a number of editions tailored for home use, media centers, small businesses, and large scale enterprises.
Reviews naturally have been fairly mixed, due largely to the extensive changes Microsoft has made. Some have hailed MS for their willingness to step up to the plate, innovate, and take major risks, notably the desire to provide a single OS that can work on various platforms: desktops, touch-phones and touch-pads, and more than likely the next generation of the venerable Xbox console. Others have heavily criticized Win 8 CP - for example, calling it desktop user-unfriendly due to the boot to a Start Screen instead of straight to desktop and the omission of the familiar Start Menu.
So the question to those of you who have gotten the chance to check out the Windows 8 CP...how do you think the next iteration of Windows is shaping up? How do you feel about the changes made? How does it compare to the OS you're currently running? Is Microsoft heading in the right direction with a single core OS that can use multiple control schemes and work on multiple devices or have they hit a conceptual dead end and are simply trying too hard? Will we learn to stop worrying and love Metro?
For those who are looking for additional info, an official Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide can be found here.