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Windows 8 consumer preview gets reviewed

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

    Gizmodo have just published a comprehensive hands on and it's anything but boring by all accounts:

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  2. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

    There's a video on this page. It does look very nice indeed. There's bit of everything in there - certainly some webOS - but it sure looks interesting.
     
  3. Pingu

    Pingu Officially "Cool as Shit"

    pah...

    CLI is the future for interfaces..


    on a green screen
     
  4. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

  5. bi0boy

    bi0boy .

    It sounds like it won't add much to a desktop experience except perhaps be more annoying.

    If I had a tablet that was compatible I might consider trying it on that.
     
  6. Pingu

    Pingu Officially "Cool as Shit"


    i have it running in a VM

    its ok. not eally had a chance to play with it much yet though tbh.
     
  7. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    I'll give it a try at some point but the last developer preview just got on my nerves on a desktop with no touch interface.
     
  8. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    I can see it working really well on a touch-screen tablet, but on a large desktop screen?
     
  9. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

    You can switch it to a more W7-like interface
     
  10. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    That would make sense.
     
  11. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Bathing in the golden gloop

    Which begs the question, why bother upgrading from W7 on the desktop?
     
  12. Pingu

    Pingu Officially "Cool as Shit"

    dont know yet. will let you know if anything cool shows itself.
     
  13. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Looking very nice...!
     
  14. Pingu

    Pingu Officially "Cool as Shit"

    i am less impressed atm. I cant realy see anything yet that would make me switch from win7. but its early days yet.

    that fish picture was done by an 8 year old though
     
  15. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    Yep, going to try it out in a VM soon. Want to see how they've integrated Metro with the regular UI.
     
  16. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    Nah, who cares about Windows 8? I'm downloading Windows 8 Server, TFS and VS.
     
  17. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Creepy looking bald guys explains:

     
  18. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    Interesting that one of the first apps he demos is HTML5 + JavaScript.
     
  19. Pingu

    Pingu Officially "Cool as Shit"

    project barcelona is where the cool kids hang out...
     
  20. dogmatique

    dogmatique merde alors

    I started playing with it on a partition of my work PC this afternoon, I'm not ashamed to say that I felt entirely lost without the Start button, and my first impression was that it's far too focused on touchscreen. That said, I'm impressed MS have made such a brave move, and am looking forward to getting to grips with it over the next few weeks and months.

    No, really.
     
  21. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet ammonia snooker balls

    Generally, whenever some part of Microsoft does something innovative and daring - which does certainly happen - it seems to get spiked. Courier anyone?
     
  22. stuff_it

    stuff_it Nerd burglar

    WTF!? No Start button!? :eek:

    :(
     
  23. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel ^^^this^^^ but in a much bigger font!!!1!!

    just reinstalling VMware so I can play with this tomorrow :)

    have they gone with that hotspot thingy instead of the orb/start button?
     
  24. stuff_it

    stuff_it Nerd burglar

    Watch the video, it looks as though the whole opening page is now the 'start menu', not sure what you're meant to do if you've got zillions of programs...perhaps you can nest them like on an iphone. *shrug*
     
  25. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel ^^^this^^^ but in a much bigger font!!!1!!

    just watching that now
    different innit

    wouldn't you just scroll sideways? (I guess)

    I kinda like the search facility in win7 for finding stuff really quickly, wonder what will happen when I press the windows key on my keyboard

    already hate the term 'charms', ffs
     
  26. dogmatique

    dogmatique merde alors

    You hover over the bottom left and you get a pop up of the Metro interface, top right, active windows, hover right hand side, control stuff. I only know this from watching a couple of videos - with a blind play earlier today I was entirely lost... Clicked somewhere and ended up on a bare trad homescreen, but without a Start button and no visible way of getting back.

    I can get used to all this stuff, but my worry is the overall seeming want of the OS to get you to play ball with it's ecosystem - like Apple does - it's writing large all the interconnections that work well on the mobile interface and applying them to the desktop.

    No great surprise that they'd want to - Apple are doing it hell for leather - but MS have gone a bit overboard to replicate an interface that, to be honest very few people are familiar with (and realistically won't be for at least 18 months mobile wise) for their entire OS.
     
  27. dogmatique

    dogmatique merde alors

    *Charms*... Sideways shiteating grin...
     
    Perroquet and stuff_it like this.
  28. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel ^^^this^^^ but in a much bigger font!!!1!!

  29. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Apart from the xbox although Gates tried real hard to fuck that up with his boring computing vision...
     
  30. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet ammonia snooker balls

    The Xbox (plus associated stuff) isn't innovative - it's just been implemented really well.
     

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