I'll steal your thunder and drop my preliminary 8.1u1 unedited, likely hard to repro, first impressions here after couple weeks of use in order to evaluate whether to use it on my new build (parts just arrived). I found one major hard to repro issue so far. IME switches intermittently from one language to next while writing text in notepad or editing stuff in VS. Doesn't happen in a 7 guest in vmware, only the 8.1u1 host and 8.1u1 guest.
I'll look these over again when there's some pre-release of next Windows and make a dedicated thread then. (edit: I think Update 1 possibly fixed some of the first ones I made earlier with 2012 r2 but haven't gone through them yet to verify)
win 2012 r2 first impressions/issues: (! prefix for critical/blocking/so bad usability it just has to be fixed)
(update 2014/06 - added win8.1u1 impressions)
issue #1 modern ui menu makes you think 1 key press is needed to get to desired item, and only 1 should be enough in this case
modern menu apps search : (no search indexer in r2, so the search is very slow (reliably over 170 ms beyond which response starts to feel less instantaneous)
when you set options:
+show the apps view automatically when i go to start
-search everywhere instead of just my apps when i search from the apps view
+list desktop apps first in the apps view when it's sorted by category
then press win, your focus is on the search box, now type some letters so that something is found in the search.
now the UI shows that the first match is active, but when you press down arrow, *that's* when the first item gets
active. So if the desired item was found#2, you need to press down arrow *3* times.
in win 7 you only needed to press 2?
8.1u1 when search everywhere is enabled, the first match is active by default, arrow down goes to 2nd match
issue #2 slow "installed app+control panel+admin tools only"search
search everywhere is so *slow (where is it controlled what is "everywhere"?) that one wants to use search only apps instead
*when this is disabled: -search everywhere instead of just my apps when i search from the apps view
the "apps only" search is quick to respond, but it won't find stuff in control panel (eg. try typing mou - it won't find mouse settings)
update: 8.1u1 seems much faster, though have not tried with indexing disabled
issue #3 hyper-v virtualization vs vmware workstation (verify)
youtube & 3d perf in guests not comparable to vmware
copy pasting issues through clipboard & drag and drop to/from the guest when using hyper-v manager and not rdp
q/wish: how to pass through usb and pci devices to hyper-v guest, so that the devices/drivers are not exposed to host (install drivers only in guest) (vt-d support)
issue #4 when idle, desktop apps get lower prio? verify if true and how to prevent from happening again:
I left a cpu/io intensive console app running on the desktop, then went away,
when I came back, it seemed like it was running at background priority or even suspended?
8.1u1 I saw a cpu consuming installer disappear all of sudden with no input again, could not repro it on 2nd run
issue #5 when console window is maximized, the row returned by BCL console.windowheight is not the bottom row of the console. trying to update a status line row at the bottom ends up updating at 2/3 of the way to the bottom.
fix: call Console.WindowTop=0; when WindowHeight changes
issue #6 annoying horizontal sort for tiles view when pressing win+e, causes icon locations to vary based on window width, not good for desktop with multiple resolutions across computers
Would also like ability remove the "Folders: desktop, docs, downs, music, pics, vids" from explorer and from under This PC. I want to have my selection of these under Favorites. If this isn't my media PC, I don't want those folders crowding that visually high value upper-left/top-left window estate I could use for more important folders.
!issue #7 while writing in notepad in english with more than one input method/kbdlayout and keyboard set to non-english, the kbd layout seems to revert during writing. I'm not sure what triggers this, this never happened in 7. there's been some changes to this area of windows incl win+space - but I'm certainly not accidentally pressing that, neither am I accidentally pressing left ctrl+left shift simultaneously - atleast more than I would in w7
(almost seems to happen all by itself! - this is critical issue). I have legacy bios + apple keyboard driver and vmware installed, that's it - It may be that I am pressing one of ctrl/shift with one hand and the other with the other hand, whatever it is, it sure does not occur in 7. I don't even recall this problem from 2012r2, could be new to 8.1u1)
todo : test another keyboard and with/without apple driver and vmware
update: Appears to happen with another keyboard inside vmware 8.1 guest
confusion: when trying to press altgr 2 to get @, I sometimes press 'right win key' + 2 and it changes to another window - in w7 I don't recall this happening
issue #8 bitlocker boot password entry: only takes US keyboard layout while manage-bde -password may have been run using another layout
confusion: pc & devices - corners & edges - allow switching between recent apps?? (default yes) have to test to figure out how this changes the usability, it could have move verbose description
issue #9 search for DPI turns out nothing. When you do find the text size dialog, it only gives "smaller larger" sort of selection. The 125% 150% 200% stuff is hidden under a checkbox.
both of these allow change text size, it's not clearly stated if one affects only modern ui and one desktop or what:
appearance and personalization - display, pc & devices - display
issue #10 search for lang brings "switch input language" - pressing enter to select it doesn't launch any kind of configuration ui
wish #11 install experience on 8.1u1 could be much better for a computer that's never intended to touch internet. The setup freezes for long time on several occasions just after it asks about network/ms account stuff.
issue #12 when I press win, it lands me to either tiles or apps. And for keyboard user those work very differently cmp to w7:
you can't use "press win+arrow key combo" to navigate and launch a new instance of something pinned to start menu.
I'm used to switching to existing instances from taskbar, not from start menu as happens in Win8u1
I also tried to see if I could make the combos same as in 7: pin cmd prompt to start menu.. right click and change properties.. except there's no properties available in the right click menu
issue #15 If clicking a link in IE10 to go to a site results in multiple invisible navigation attempts (as seen in "right click the back button history"), and the previous host in the history is unreachable, the back button does not work. In IE8 this could be worked around by adding the unreachable (or undesirable as in case of 3rd party click trackers) host to restricted zone. In IE10 adding the host to restricted zone does not restore back button functionality.
issue #16 regression from 7: cannot create custom event log entry that shows all events from last hour - fails with error Data is invalid or query is too long (13)
issue #17 ie10, regression from ie8: google's top menu bar does not show (+you search images maps play etc) unless google is added to compatibility sites
test: ie11 and compat updates
issue #18: I want 7's start menu back, it's just hell to try find anything in that mess of tiles that all look the same because the different colors draw me to the color and make me ignore the icons. I prefer colored and detailed icons and one color background like in android phone - much quicker to find what you're looking for
issue #19: (C9's BitFlipper noticed this also) "The 'Generic PnP Monitor' prevents sleep mode for some reason, and after I installed the "driver" for it, the sleep option became available. Might be the same issue."