As many before have stated: Win8 is designed for touch and when it comes to a non-touch desktop is is not so much lacking but more trouble than its worth. During this trial I also have been testing the new Office 2013. Now this is a different story all together and my current configuration is as I said Win7 with Office 2013.
I will admit that beside the Metro Interface, there are some nice upgrades in Win8 that I found useful. I really like the close integration with cloud services, the ability to open .iso files without burning to disk, and the improvements with local search and libraries. The plain fact of the matter is that many of these improvements can be integrated into Win7 via 3rd party applications for free or a minimal cost.
Here are some of the apps that I have been playing with since I rolled back to Win7:
- Virtual Clone Drive:
Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.
- AllWay Sync: Synchronize your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives, remote FTP/SFTP servers, different online data storages and more.
- Team Viewer: Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds or use TeamViewer for online meetings.
- SkyDrive App:
When you install the free SkyDrive app on your computer, you can access your photos and files from almost anywhere, store them, and securely share them. Put the SkyDrive app on all your computers.
- Google Drive App:
In Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations instantly. Work together at the same time, on the same doc, and see changes as they appear.
- Google Apps (Free): This is more difficult to find, but still available for free up to 10 users.