So I downloaded & installed the newest preview - "Release Preview" (released May 31st) expecting things to be a little better than the previous "Customer Preview" release launched in February. I mean really, how can you possibly get worse than the Customer Preview version
Well Microsoft found a way.
Gone is the best part of the Customer Preview (CP from here on out), Pinball FX-2
In it's place is instability. Despite all my miss-givings from CP, I never had a lick of trouble stability wise. Sure I changed settings that caused instability in it, but it was stuff I did, not the Windows build itself.
I've had a bunch of stability problems with Release Preview (RP from here on out) & there have already been critical patches released to address some of these problems. Some drivers that worked just fine in CP won't install in RP without installing under Windows 7 compatibility mode, & even then they don't work right.
Programs as well... I installed the PowerDVD Suite that came with my Blu-Ray Burner. It worked flawlessly in CP with just the standard install. However in the RP I cannot watch a Blu-Ray movie. The "loading Blu-Ray" message gets to about 70% then I get a message about PowerDVD being at risk & it stops loading. After failing to get any Blu-Ray disc's to play, I put the Dark Knight DVD in the drive just so I could watch a freakin movie & the computer locked up for about 5 minutes then rebooted.
At this rate, I don't see how Microsoft can possibly make their internal RTM deadline.
IMO, Microsoft has flung the doors wide open for someone else to waltz in & steal a big chunk their desktop OS market share.
EDIT: New Discovery... With Apple iPad connected via USB, Computer fails to boot into Windows 8 RP.