The gestures can be hard to figure out, though, and using Windows 8 is a little clunky until you know them. So we asked Microsoft reps how the company would help new users figure out Windows 8, and the answer was essentially that they’re working on it.
This was my immediate concern when I first tried the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a laptop. At that point, it felt so much like a tablet OS that using a keyboard and mouse felt awkward, and getting used to using the Windows key as a home button took some time. This first experience was really jarring, having grown up comfortably from Windows 95 and the rest, then come to Windows 8 and feel helpless and frustrated that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I haven’t touched the Release Preview, but hopefully the experience is more intuitive on laptops and desktops now.
I hope the Windows 8 team produces some friendly resources computer trainers and educators can share to make users’ first experience with Windows 8 less shocking.