Working with Windows Preview, tile apps and desktop applications get along better than is the case with Windows 8.1

I’ve been working with Windows Preview for about a month. One of my computers, a laptop seeing otherwise low usage looked to be a perfect candidate for the preview, so I decided to use it to participate in the preview effort. The laptop is at build 9860. The pace of Windows Update is “slow”.

I like what I’ve seen so far, but, frankly, haven’t made much use of the computer, at least as of yet, to try out new functionality. I decided to move slowly on the preview opportunity as the result of several problems arising shortly after I loaded the preview:

  • The Security suite (McAfee LiveSave) on the laptop (originally running Windows 8.1 professional) proved to be incompatible, at least with build 9860 of the preview, so I decided to remove it and migrated down to Windows Defender
  • The fingerprint scanner feature, from HP (the laptop manufacturer), also failed, though I have gotten the scanner to work with the new login featured presented by Windows Preview, which gives me the option of using the fingerprint scanner in lieu of login name and password
  • The wireless adapter on the laptop, a Qualcomm Atheros AR9000, cannot be successfully updated with Windows Preview, build 9860 running

But I can say I find the new O/S to be much easier to use than Windows 8.1. My Windows 8.1 experience was colored by the hassle of switching between the tile interface and the computer desktop interface whenever I needed to use applications. As I just noted, this experience amounted much more to a hassle than anything else. Since I opted to use a Surface 2 RT tablet as my primary device in the category, the hassle presented by Windows 8.1 was probably more pronounced than would have been the case had I made more use of an Android tablet I also have available.

The good news with Windows Preview is most, if not all of the hassle has been removed. I rarely, if ever, experience the display driver crashes which are almost always “there” when I try to use the Surface 2 RT to post to Twitter, or some other app designed for small form mobile devices.

The laptop is equipped with a touch screen. I’m pleased to say I haven’t experienced any detraction from the touch functionality as the result of implementing Windows Preview. I happen to be keen on touch (in fact I’m keen on any input method other than keyboard and mouse) and would like to see this set of features kept as is as more builds are rolled out.

I haven’t any intention to quicken the pace at which I upgrade to later builds. So readers shouldn’t plan on much more content on this topic, at least for now.

Ira Michael Blonder

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