So, in the wee hours in the morning I had the impulse to upgrade my Samsung Series 7 Slate to Windows 8. Upgrading was quick and painless. Playing around with the Tiled interface was interesting and tablety, moving stuff around viewing pics, visiting the Windows Store. But then my troubles soon began when I realized it had severely broken the Touch/Stylus interface on the Desktop. Also broken was the Samsung Motion Sensor driver used for Rotation (not compliant on W8.) I was in a state of Buyer's Remorse that first morning and pretty much all day Friday. I seriously contemplated finding some way of reverting back to Windows 7, a major effort since I think it might have wiped the factory image. Friday was spent Searching boards on information to revitalize the functionality of my beloved Slate.
|Palm and Stylus not cooperating with each other in Manga Studio.|
|Even less so in Photoshop|
Sunday came around and in a forum post, it was like the Storm Clouds Had Parted and Rays of Sunshine Warmed My Face. Provided in the post was a link to Samsung's Windows 8 drivers (not before seen on the SS7 Slate Support Page.) It was for one of their newer W8 tablets, but since they were pretty much the same, could be used for my older model ("older" being last year :P) I could have just downloaded the new Wacom Digitizer (7.1.0) but decided, hell, install everything.
Downloading all the Samsung software also provided an amusing tool for those who really, really, really miss their old Start Menu. They call it the Quick Starter, and it puts essentially a taskbar widget at the top (or bottom) of your desktop. It can bring up a Classic Start like menu if you don't want to deal with going to the Tile interface.
|What was wrong with the Checkbox in the Pen/Touch control window?|
Now that I have that out of the way, I was able to play around more with the Tiles Interface. The store is meager to be sure at the moment, hopefully more apps for what I use in my regular browsing will be made. Two of them Newegg and eBay were available as of this writing and decided to check them out. Using the Newegg app is quite a different experience than looking and browsing through the website, though it is still familiar and intuitive. It is easy to browse through categories check info and even sort (using the pop up menu at the bottom). The app looks great in either Landscape or Portrait mode. I have yet to try to go and purchase anything or use the Cart, but that'll probably happen in time. All in all a great experience.
The eBay app on the other hand, seems very limited in what you can do. From what I could figure so far, there is no way to get into your account to look up Saved Sellers and other things.
The Netflix app was also a pleasant experience, easily scanning through my Instant Queue and Recommendations. Search was to be had through the Right Side Windows Menu and was easy enough to do.