So I was at Best Buy and decided to test out Windows 8 in a little more earnest some more on one of their laptops. All I can say is... I can live with the Start Screen and Metro apps. In fact, I may find it a nice change. And here's why:
- I can use the Start Screen how I normally use it: a repo of shortcuts and if I need something, I just start typing and it pops up.
- I don't have to mess with a cluster bleep of folders and icons in a cumbersome menu if I really wanted to look around in it.
- I also found it interesting I could just going to the left side or right side to scroll instead using the scroll wheel
- The right hot corners I found interesting. May not actually use them a whole lot, but interesting
So yes, I think the Start Screen adds functionality, and the only jarring thing about it is it takes up the whole screen.